These techies just invested $15 million in a Seattle pizza chain

MOD Pizza just completed a very special order — closing a $15 million funding round. That’s usually not news on a tech site like GeekWire, but then look at who is involved in the Seattle pizza chain’s latest financing. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff; T-Mobile COO Jim Alling and Madrona Venture… Read More

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at a campaign event in Florida

GeekWire Debate: How Mitt Romney will fuel the ‘opportunity economy’

America is at a crossroads.  We can continue to support a president who embraces a government-driven, economic redistribution strategy.  Or, we can make a change to a citizen-driven, economic opportunity strategy.  History shows that an opportunity economy with an appropriate safety net is better for Americans.  And, Mitt Romney is the right leader with the… Read More


After a busy 2011, Madrona promotes three to managing director

2011 was a busy year for Madrona Venture Group, with the Seattle venture capital firm bankrolling 14 new startup companies.  Now, Madrona — which incubated four new companies at its offices — is gearing up for even bigger things. The firm today is announcing that three investment professionals — Len Jordan, Tim Porter and Scott Jacobson… Read More


Hey, we’re no Silicon Valley, but Seattle is rising as a tech hub

I am always interested in how national publications perceive Seattle’s technology community. After all, as long time journalists covering the daily gyrations of the tech industry here, you sometimes need a good 30,000-foot view of the situation from an outsider. Today, Bill Rigby at Reuters provides that perspective in a story titled: “In Microsoft’s shadow,… Read More


Serving beyond the innovation economy

Many people in the innovation ecosystem believe in helping out fellow innovators.  They are willing to share their knowledge, experiences and insights with others on topics ranging from scaling a software application to managing a sales organization. Giving back to the community is part of the culture. As someone who helps build companies for a… Read More


Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome

The Seattle tech community isn’t perfect, and we’ve certainly been willing to point out and highlight some of the deficiencies. But it’s also important not to lose sight of why so many of us choose to live and work in this mossy-covered corner of the world. That’s part of the reason why I was struck by… Read More


Madrona incubates new mobile analytics startup Sewichi

Smartphones are now outselling personal computers. And that little factoid from IDC is creating an interesting opportunity to measure, track and analyze mobile data. A new startup called Sewichi — bankrolled by Madrona Venture Group and housed at the venture firm’s downtown Seattle office space — is looking to take advantage of that opportunity. Founder… Read More