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Tim Porter

Madrona Venture Group
Managing Director
Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. Madrona manages nearly $1.6 billion and are currently investing out of their $300 million Fund VII. Tim is focused on investing in business-to-business software companies, particularly those specializing in intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, machine learning and data analytics, and security. He is passionate about very early stage companies with dynamic founders building businesses around deep, differentiated technology. Tim serves on the boards of Algorithmia, Echodyne, Heptio, Highspot, Integris, Jama Software, Jobalign, Pixvana, Saykara, Shippable, Uplevel and Versive. He was previously on the boards (or lead board observer for Madrona) of Lattice Data (acquired by Apple), Playfab (acquired by Microsoft), Icebrg (acquired by Gigamon), Z2 (acquired by King Digital), Union Bay Networks (acquired by Apple), buuteeq (acquired by Priceline), Appature (acquired by IMS Health), Mobilisafe (acquired by Rapid7), and AppFog (acquired by CenturyLink).
Tim is a member of the three-person Investment Committee for the first Alliance of Angels Seed Fund. He serves on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Alliance and the Technology Alliance. He is also on the investment committee of Global Partnerships Social Venture Fund.
Prior to joining Madrona in 2006, Tim was part of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group, where he shared responsibilities for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. While at Microsoft, Tim focused on enterprise software, security, and mobile and closed 14 transactions for over $850 million. Notable transactions included Microsoft’s acquisitions of Softricity, FrontBridge Technologies, ProClarity, Whale Communications, and Giant Company Software. Earlier in his career, Tim worked nearly five years for broadband satellite start-up Teledesic, spending his last year there also working for Craig McCaw’s Eagle River Investments.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He loves sports and enjoys watching and playing basketball and golf, as well as exploring the outdoors of the Pacific NW hiking, biking and fishing. Tim is also a past Board Chair and member of the Board of Trustees of Villa Academy and former Council member of Queen Anne Lutheran Church.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

My Moderators Sessions

Tuesday, October 9

5:00pm PDT