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Madrona Venture Group Brings on Startup Founder Micah Baldwin to Lead New Innovation Center Opening Later This Summer

Madrona
Venture Group today announced the hiring of Micah Baldwin as
Executive Director of the soon-to-be-open innovation center. The venture
firm announced earlier this year its intent to open a founder-focused
space occupying the floor directly below the firm’s office in downtown
Seattle. This new innovation center will support Pacific Northwest
founders and the broader technology ecosystem with a carefully designed
space that offers founders and their teams access to collaboration
spaces, programming focused on growing their business, and the ability
to connect with customers and partners.

Baldwin joins directly from Amazon, where he spent three-and-a-half
years as a senior business development and product manager building and
operating AWS Connections, a program designed to help startups grow
through connections to large enterprises. In his 20+ year career,
Baldwin has been a multi-time founder, active angel investor,
fundraiser, and operator, having grown multiple businesses to millions
in ARR. Baldwin has been an active and sought-after advisor for Tuesday
Ventures, Techstars, Expa and other funds, accelerators and startups. He
is passionate about startups and startup ecosystems, recently penning a piece
on Medium that lays out the strengths of the greater Seattle region.

“Seattle is at an incredible inflection point. Startup activity is high,
our talent is drawing all of the major technology companies to our
region, and our universities and research institutions are turning out
cutting-edge and commercially impactful research. There are more new
venture funds in Seattle, both local and from outside the region,
seeking out the best founders and company ideas; and we have a growing
populace interested in angel investing with the means to do it,”
commented Baldwin. “We have a clear recipe for an acceleration in
startup formation and company-building in Seattle, and Madrona is the
perfect partner to launch this space. The firm has been active in
Seattle for more than two decades with a strong track record, both in
helping to build some of the biggest successes in the region, and in
supporting the technology ecosystem. I’m looking forward to creating a
founder-focused space that provides opportunities to a broad set of
companies and founders.”

“Micah brings an incredible enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity about
what makes a startup succeed, and a record of building enduring
relationships across venture, founders, corporate innovators and
engineers,” said Scott Jacobson, managing director, Madrona Venture
Group. “As the innovation center emerges from plans to reality, we are
excited to partner with Micah to build a space that is unique and
focused on helping more founders and technology companies in Seattle
thrive and grow.”

The innovation center will open later this summer and is expected to
house a mix of extraordinary founders and teams, with programming and
opportunities open to members and the broader startup community.
Founders, teams, and supporters of the Seattle startup community can
learn more by emailing innovate@madrona.com.

About Madrona Venture Group

Madrona
is an early stage venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. The
firm invests in technology entrepreneurs and companies, and works with
them to build their businesses. Madrona manages nearly $1.6 billion and
was an early investor in companies such as Amazon.com, Apptio,
Smartsheet, Rover.com, and Redfin.

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