50 episodes

Listen in to conversations between Madrona Venture Group Investors and Growth Team members with entrepreneurs, founders and startup personalities who will talk about some of the key moments in building a company. Designed to give would-be founders and others interested in working with or for startups a view into the struggle and the lessons learned. These conversations are informal and informative.

Based in Seattle, Madrona Venture Group invests mainly in early stage information technology based companies. These conversations also highlight why building a company in the Seattle region is so appealing to many founders.

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    • 4.8 • 9 Ratings

Listen in to conversations between Madrona Venture Group Investors and Growth Team members with entrepreneurs, founders and startup personalities who will talk about some of the key moments in building a company. Designed to give would-be founders and others interested in working with or for startups a view into the struggle and the lessons learned. These conversations are informal and informative.

Based in Seattle, Madrona Venture Group invests mainly in early stage information technology based companies. These conversations also highlight why building a company in the Seattle region is so appealing to many founders.

    What is the IA40?

    What is the IA40?

    Matt McIlwain and Ishani Ummat discuss the vision, methodology and top level insights from the first Intelligent Apps 40 list.

    • 12 min
    Meet the Investor: Aseem Datar of Madrona

    Meet the Investor: Aseem Datar of Madrona

    Aseem talks about growing up in Mumbai with "jugaad" all around him - the Hindi word for 'Hustle', how he made his way to Seattle, to Microsoft and to Madrona.  Aseem joined Madrona this year as a partner after 17 years at Microsoft working in entrepreneurial roles and growing businesses like Azure from the underdog to a contender.  

    • 23 min
    Building a company at the intersection of life and computer sciences with Dr. Ali Ansary of Ozette

    Building a company at the intersection of life and computer sciences with Dr. Ali Ansary of Ozette

    Madrona Partner, Chris Picardo, sits down with Dr. Ali Ansary, founder &  CEO of Ozette Technologies. Chris and Ali talk about Ozette’s mission to uncover hidden information about the immune system to help with the efficacy of cancer treatments. Ali also speaks about the unique ability of biotech companies to attract traditional tech talent. 

    • 34 min
    From Startup to Exit with founder Shirish Nadkarni and Ishani Ummat

    From Startup to Exit with founder Shirish Nadkarni and Ishani Ummat

    This week Madrona Investor, Ishani Ummat, sits down with Shirish Nadkarni, serial entrepreneur, now angel investor and author of FROM STARTUP TO EXIT, out from Harper Collins Aug 2021.  Ishani and Shirish talk about starting a company, finding your co-founder, product market fit and how to choose your investors. 

    • 27 min
    Linda Lian of Common Room on Building a Team of Co-Founders One by One

    Linda Lian of Common Room on Building a Team of Co-Founders One by One

    Starting a company is a lonely business. Finding co-founders can be the solution to this – but what if you don’t know anyone who fits the bill?  Linda Lian of Common Room set out to build a company and recruited her co-founders one by one.  Hear her story and theirs.  Viraj Mody, Francis Luu, Linda Lian in conversation with Madrona’s Shannon Anderson.

    • 46 min
    Rajeev Singh of Accolade on Resilience, the Expectations of Leaders and Building a Healthcare Company

    Rajeev Singh of Accolade on Resilience, the Expectations of Leaders and Building a Healthcare Company

    Investor Matt McIlwain speaks with CEO of Accolade, Rajeev Singh.  Rajeev is the CEO of Accolade, a healthcare advocacy company, but this is not his first time leading.  Matt and Rajeev talk about learning resilience, how it's not about directing but more about convincing employees of the road ahead, and how the role of the CEO has changed considerably.  They also talk about what the entrance of big tech companies into healthcare means for consumers and the industry. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Erikaseattle ,

Insights on building a company

Like the Seattle flavor of these conversations with people who have built companies. Great insights!

MrsWaterclown ,

Please speak closer to the mic.

I'd give it a 5 but either the host isn't close enough to the mic or the guest isn't close enough to the mic.

Dylan M Seattle ,

So quiet

Great podcast and insight but can the people who run this podcast please speak closer to the microphone or turn up the volume on their side? My headphones are full blast and can barely hear anything. Would be 5 stars if I could hear it all.

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