Former Microsoft Developer VP Lands at Madrona Venture Group
S. "Soma" Somasegar, former corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, is now a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group.Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, announced today that S. "Soma" Somasegar, formerly corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, is joining the firm as a venture partner. Soma joins Madrona after nearly 27 years at Microsoft. Under Soma's leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports more than 6 million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio family of products. However, as a Madrona venture partner, Soma will help identify new investments and provide strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies. "The world of software development has seen radical changes since I started at Microsoft building Windows nearly twenty-seven years ago," Soma said in a statement. "Being at the helm of the Developer Division, I had the opportunity to see the incredible shifts brought on by the web, mobile and cloud waves first hand—forces which have enabled startups and enterprises to quickly reach millions of users literally overnight and bring incredible innovation to market. I'm excited to work with Madrona, which has had such an impact on the greater Seattle technology ecosystem, and their portfolio companies to build companies that will shape the future of our region and the tech industry."
As CVP of Microsoft's Developer Division, Soma oversaw Microsoft's developer tools and technologies, including the Visual Studio line of products and services and the .NET Framework. Additionally, he fostered a community of developers through MSDN and other evangelism programs focused on core developers. Soma was also the executive sponsor for global development at Microsoft and oversaw Microsoft's Global Development Centers in China, India and Israel.