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madrona-venture-group-taps-new-managing-directorA VR visionary has been tapped for an important new role at Madrona Venture Group.

The early-stage venture capital firm announced today the appointment of S. “Soma” Somasegar to the role of Managing Director.

We’re told that Soma joined Madrona in November 2015 as a Venture Partner, following a more than twenty five year career at Microsoft, where he led the company’s Developer Division and was responsible for the Visual Studio and .NET family of products.

Additionally, he was also responsible for Microsoft’s R&D labs in Boston, China, India and Israel.

As a Venture Partner at Madrona, Soma became a powerful voice at the table on key investment areas including Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, next generation cloud infrastructure and intelligent applications.

Soma led investments in Shyft and CloudCoreo, and he is also the Board Chair at Pixvana.

“Madrona is in a unique position. We sit at the center of the cloud industry with Microsoft and Amazon at our front and back doors – and Google’s cloud team growing quickly,” commented Mr. Somasegar in today’s release. “There is a tremendous amount of talent base here. The opportunity for entrepreneurs is immense and I’m looking forward to taking on a bigger role helping founders build and scale successful companies, which in turn will foster the vibrant and growing Pacific NW technology ecosystem.”

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