Matt McIlwain serves as Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, a venture capital firm based in Seattle, WA. With more than 25 years of investing in early-stage technology companies, Madrona has worked with founders from day one to help build the company for the long run. Madrona invests predominantly in seed and Series A rounds across the information technology spectrum. Madrona manages over $2B and was an early investor in companies such as Amazon, Smartsheet, Isilon, Redfin, and Snowflake. Matt invests in a broad range of software and data-driven companies with a focus on cloud computing, dataware, intelligent applications, and the intersections of innovation (where life science and data science intersect). He believes in the Learning Loop for entrepreneurs who journey from curiosity to triangulation and decision making. This leads to positive outcomes and ongoing learnings. Prior to joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company. He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors, and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Matt is a board member (and previous chair) of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a board member of the Washington Policy Center.