Matt McIlwain is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington. He has been investing in the Seattle region since 2000 and focuses primarily on software-driven companies. Matt currently serves on several boards in the enterprise and big data arena including 2nd Watch, Apptio, ExtraHop, Dato, Igneous Systems, Qumulo, Smartsheet, and Skytap. Matt also co-teaches a course on entrepreneurship in the University of Washington Computer Science Department and is on the board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Washington Policy Center. Previously, Matt served on the boards of Isilon Systems (NASDAQ: ISLN, acquired by EMC for $2.4 billion), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLin Savvis).
Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.