Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle, WA-based early-stage venture capital firm, made two additions to the team.
Maria Karaivanova is joining Madrona as a Principal focused on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, working with portfolio companies to explore and evaluate business strategies and developing investment themes for the firm. Karaivanova comes to Madrona after five years as head of business development and an executive team member at Cloudflare, a San Francisco-based web performance and security company. Prior to Cloudflare, she was an investor at Intel Capital with a focus on enterprise technologies and cloud security. Karaivanova was also part of the Intel-McAfee strategic engagement team helping to integrate security into firmware.
Alice Ryder is joining as Director of Investor Relations and Business Development and will work with Madrona’s investors, as well as continue to develop the firm’s program for connecting C-level executives with portfolio companies for partnerships, customer relationships and advisory roles. Ryder was most recently VP of Investor Relations at King Digital Entertainment, the maker of Candy Crush and other mobile games. Prior to King, she was VP of Investor Relations for Clearwire and also held similar roles at Expedia and Nextel Partners.
Led by Tim Porter, managing director, Madrona has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest since 1995. The firm invests in seed and Series A rounds across the information technology spectrum, including consumer Internet, commercial software and services, digital media and advertising, networking and cloud computing, and mobile.
Madrona manages approximately $1 billion and was an early investor in companies such as Amazon.com, Apptio, Rover.com, and Redfin.