Madrona Venture Group Announces Two New Investment Professionals

Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, announced
today two new 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. 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 Madrona’s program for connecting C-level executives with
portfolio companies for partnerships, customer relationships and
advisory roles. Each brings a deep background of business, technology
and finance experience to the firm, and has helped rapidly scale very
successful businesses like Cloudflare, King Digital and Clearwire.

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Maria Karaivanova, Principal, Madrona Venture Group (Photo: Business Wire)

Maria Karaivanova, Principal, Madrona Venture Group (Photo: Business Wire)

“Both Maria and Alice embody what we look for at Madrona, experts in
their field who have a passion for working effectively with
entrepreneurs and innovative ideas,” said Tim Porter, managing director,
Madrona. “While they have been on board just a short time, each of them
has already made meaningful contributions, and we are looking forward to
working together in the coming years.”

Maria has nearly a decade of deep technology experience, garnered
through roles at some of the world’s leading technology companies,
including Cloudflare, Intel and Boeing. Maria 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, where she helped build the company from 25 employees to unicorn

While at Cloudflare, Maria built a global ecosystem of over five
thousand partners and launched strategic partnerships with Google,
Rackspace and other leading cloud platforms, delivering significant
revenue and distribution. Prior to Cloudflare, Maria was an investor at
Intel Capital with a focus on enterprise technologies and cloud
security. She was also part of the Intel-McAfee strategic engagement
team helping to integrate security into firmware. Before that, Maria
held various positions at Boeing specializing in intellectual property
management and international business development for the Chinook,
Apache and F-15 programs, and unmanned aircraft. She started her career
as an analyst at Citibank.

“Seattle has emerged as the cloud capital of the world and Madrona
Venture Group is at the core of its innovation fabric,” commented Maria.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside the Madrona team to bring
innovative ideas to life across the Pacific Northwest and to support the
remarkable entrepreneurs across our portfolio.”

Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA in Finance with
high honors from Saint Louis University. She is a frequent speaker at
technology conferences and an occasional angel investor. Maria lives in
Seattle with her husband and son.

As Director of Investor Relations, Alice Ryder will work
with Madrona’s limited partners who have invested nearly $1.3 billion
into funds that are more than 85% invested in the Pacific Northwest.
Additionally, she will help foster business development by continuing to
build out the C-suite program that connects CIOs, CTOs and CEOs with
Madrona portfolio companies. Through this program over the past two
years, portfolio companies have engaged new customers and made valuable
partnerships with national brand name companies. Alice comes to this
role with a strong background in finance and partnerships, built over 10
years in companies representing a diverse set of businesses in the
technology industry.

Alice was most recently VP of Investor Relations at King
Digital Entertainment, the maker of Candy Crush and other successful
mobile games, where she helped ready the company for its IPO and worked
closely with King’s global investor base through its public life,
which culminated in a $5.9 billion sale to Activision Blizzard. Prior to
King she was VP of Investor Relations for Clearwire. She has also held
similar roles at Expedia and Nextel Partners. Alice began her work in
technology investing as a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

“I’m excited to dive into the world of venture investing which is so
important to the continuing growth of the technology industry,” said
Alice. “The Pacific NW is full of engineering, entrepreneurial and
business talent from wireless to software to infrastructure, and Madrona
is at the center of it all. I’m looking forward to working with the team
to help create new opportunities for growth in the area.”

Alice holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About Madrona Venture Group

Madrona (
has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific
Northwest since 1995 and has been privileged to play a role in some of
the region’s most successful technology ventures. The firm invests
predominately 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, Apptio,,
and Redfin.

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