Managing DirectorPaul Madera was a founder of Meritech in 1999. He currently focuses on the SaaS, storage, e-commerce, financial technology, digital consumer, and medical device sectors.
If Only His F-16 Pilot Buddies Could See The Shoe Clerk Now.
He has led Meritech's investments into 2Wire (Pace), Acopia (F5), BlueArc (Hitachi Data), DataStax, DealerSocket, Facebook (FB), Force10 Networks (DELL), Glaukos, Homestead Technologies (INTU), IntraLase (AMO), Openlane (KAR), Panzura, Prosper, Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Salesforce.com (CRM), Tegile, Tensilica (CDNS), Topspin (Cisco), Wonga, Yammer (MSFT) and 21Vianet (VNET).
Prior to Meritech, Paul was Managing Director and Head of the Private Equity Group at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America where he assisted tech and consumer-based startups in raising capital. He began his career in finance as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Instructor Pilot based in South Korea, Spain, and Utah. He also spent a tour at the Pentagon as a member of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Office.
Paul holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and currently serves as the Chairman of the US Air Force Academy Endowment. Paul spends his off hours cycling the hills west of Palo Alto to prepare for "century" rides as well as jogging throughout the San Francisco Peninsula (when he is not gathering material to terrorize his partner Mike Gordon).
Paul has worked with:
21Vianet is the Beijing-based largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet completed its IPO in May 2011.
2Wire is the leading provider of home networking solutions for DSL customers in the US. 2Wire was acquired by Pace Technology of the UK in mid-2010.
Acopia Networks (FFIV)
Acopia was a developer of intelligent virtualization for managing datacenter storage networks and tiering of storage. It was acquired by F5 in 2008.
BlueArc is a leading provider of high performance, highly scalable networked storage systems for businesses of all sizes. It was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in September 2011.
Corvis Corporation (CORV)
Corvis developed a line of optical swithing and transport products used by long distance carriers.
Danger, Inc. (MSFT)
Danger was one of the first developers of the smartphone. Danger’s “Sidekick” was one of the most popular devices for email and web access in the mid-2000’s before being acquired by Microsoft in 2008.
DataStax integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop™ for analytics and Apache Solr™ for search, across multiple data centers and in the cloud. DataStax powers the business-critical apps for more than 200 customers, including startups and 15 of the Fortune 100
With over 2,200 customers, Dealersocket is the leading provider of Customer Relationship Management software to the auto dealerships.
Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, share links, photos and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
The leading provider of Open Cloud Networking equipment for use in the data center and throughout enterprise networks. Force10 was acquired by Dell in 2011 and competes with Cisco, Juniper and Brocade.
Glaukos is a provider of the “smallest implantable device in the human body” – a stent that serves as a lower cost alternative to drugs for lowering intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma.
Offers build-your-own websites and online marketing solutions for small business. Homestead was acquired by Intuit in 2007.
IntraLase develops, manufactures and sells a proprietary femtosecond laser used to create a safe, more precise corneal flap, the first step in LASIK vision correction surgery.
Mind Lab is an innovative in-school methodology for the development of thinking abilities and life skills through strategy games.
The first company to offer consolidated voicemail, virtual phone, fax and conference calling solutions. First available in 1999.
OpenLane was the largest online automobile auction site for dealer to dealer and fleet to dealer transactions. It was acquired in October 2011 by KAR Holdings, the holding company of Adesa, one of the largest physical auto auction site managers.
Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System enables enterprise-class cloud storage with NAS-like functionality for a globally-distributed workforce.
PeopleSupport is a leading Business Process Outsourcer that is one of the largest employers in the Philippines Islands. PSPT launched their IPO in 2004 and subsequently merged with Aegis in 2008.
The first and leading provider of peer-to-peer lending. Prosper users have loaned more than $280 MM among 1.1 million members.
Riverbed is the leading provider of Wide Area Network acceleration solutions – software and appliances that accelerate communications over the web.
Salesforce is the leading provider of Customer Relationship Management software in the world. The Salesforce solution pioneered the introduction of SaaS as a method of delivering software.
Offers a new generation of enterprise hybrid flash storage solutions that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications.
Tensilica has shipped over 1 billion multicore microprocessors that optimize performance and power management. They are used by consumer electronicsleaders such as HP, Fujitsu, Huawei, Panasonic and Sony.
Topspin was an earlier provider of server virtualization interconnection devices based on the Infiniband communications protocol. Topspin was acquired by Cisco in 2005.
Wireless Facilities (WFII)
Wireless Facilities was an independent provider of outsourced network design and management services for the wireless communication industry. WFI completed its IPO in 2000.
Wonga is a UK-based provider of short term credit to consumers. Wonga was named the fastest growing technology company in Europe in 2011 by the Sunday Times.
Yammer brings the power of social networking inside the enterprise in a private and secure environment.