Julie is a Principal on the investment team at Madrona Venture Group, a Pacific Northwest venture capital firm focused on technology companies. Julie pursues new investment opportunities for Madrona, and is actively involved in Madrona’s portfolio companies and the firm’s activity in the startup community. She led Madrona’s investment in Julep, and is a board observer for several of Madrona’s portfolio companies, including buuteeq
, (which recently sold to Priceline), Evocalize
, and Rover.com
. She launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network (SEWN), a forum for women entrepreneurs, startuppers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect in the Greater Seattle area. She is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Washington where she teaches a course on Entrepreneurship at the UW Foster School of Business. Julie was named “Geek of the Year 2014” by GeekWire, and was recently a featured speaker at the international We Day event held at Seattle’s Key Arena to inspire to action the 15,000 local youth in attendance. Julie serves on the board of trustees of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list in 2013.
Prior to joining Madrona, Julie was a senior product manager at Amazon on the Kindle team, where she managed digital marketing and traffic channels for Kindle’s ebook business, both in the US and internationally. She also led the definition, design, and technical implementation of new products for the Kindle Content shopping experience. Earlier in her career, Julie worked at Accenture, where she spent several years in product management within Microsoft’s SMSG Solutions Delivery group. At Microsoft, she launched the worldwide Disaster Response initiative for Microsoft Volume Licensing, and led the international rollout of order-to-invoice operations for Microsoft Mediaroom (formerly “IPTV”).