Madrona Adds Big Data, Cloud Expert As Venture Partner

Seattle-based venture investor Madrona Venture Group is bolstering the firm's experience in the big data and cloud area, with the new hire of a Venture Partner. Madrona said it has added Ted Kummert, a 23 year Microsoft veteran, as Venture Partner, to help the firm identify new investments and to provide strategic and operational advice to Madrona's portfolio companies.

Kummert was most recently Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Data Platform Group, and had joined Microsoft in 1989. Madrona said Kummert has been involved in such products as SQL Server, SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, Windows Azure Data Services, as well as Microsoft's "big data' and business intelligence products.