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Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group
investment banker at CS First Boston, Manager at McKinsey & Company, See All (6)
Harvard University, Harvard Business School

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Matt McIlwain is particularly passionate about partnering with teams who are the soul of a company.

Together they identify the milestones needed to get to the next stage of company growth, and then he enjoys helping those teams achieve their milestones. His favorite part of the start-up process: celebrating the early customer wins and revenue. Every great founding team has terrific passion, energy and confidence at that moment!”
He was on the boards of Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive) and Nimble (acquired by Actuate) and was actively involved with TeamOn Systems (acquired by Research in Motion). Previously, he was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), a Fortune 250 company. He also was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in the telecom, supply chain and financial service industries, and worked in investment banking at CS First Boston.

Mr. McIlwain is a Technology Advisor to the Discovery Institute, a board member of Villa Academy, and advisory board member for Families Northwest. He and Greg Gottesman teach an annual course on venture capital in the University of Washington Executive MBA Program.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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