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Paul Madera

Managing Director

Paul 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.

- Mike Gordon

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), (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 (VNET)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

21Vianet is the Beijing-based largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China.  21Vianet completed its IPO in May 2011.

2Wire (Pace)

Mobile & Communications

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)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Acopia was a developer of intelligent virtualization for managing datacenter storage networks and tiering of storage. It was acquired by F5 in 2008.

BlueArc (HIT)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

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)

Mobile & Communications

Corvis developed a line of optical swithing and transport products used by long distance carriers.

Danger, Inc. (MSFT)

Mobile & Communications

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.


Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage, Software and Services

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


Software and Services

With over 2,200 customers, Dealersocket is the leading provider of Customer Relationship Management software to the auto dealerships.

Facebook (FB)

Consumer Internet + Media

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.

Force10 (DELL)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

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.


Software and Services

ForgeRock offers the only unified open source identity stack to protect enterprise, cloud, social and mobile applications at Internet scale.


Medical Devices + Services

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.

Homestead (INTU)

Consumer Internet + Media

Offers build-your-own websites and online marketing solutions for small business.  Homestead was acquired by Intuit in 2007.

IntraLase (ABT)

Medical Devices + Services

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

Software and Services

Mind Lab is an innovative in-school methodology for the development of thinking abilities and life skills through strategy games. (OPWV)

Mobile & Communications

The first company to offer consolidated voicemail, virtual phone, fax and conference calling solutions.  First available in 1999.

OpenLane (KAR)

Software and Services

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.


Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System enables enterprise-class cloud storage with NAS-like functionality for a globally-distributed workforce.

PeopleSupport (PSPT)

Software and Services

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.

Prosper Marketplace

Consumer Internet + Media

The first and leading provider of peer-to-peer lending.  Prosper users have loaned more than $280 MM among 1.1 million members.

Riverbed (RVBD)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

Riverbed is the leading provider of Wide Area Network acceleration solutions – software and appliances that accelerate communications over the web. 

Salesforce (CRM)

Software and Services

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.


Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

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 (CDNS)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

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 (CSCO)

Enterprise Infrastructure + Storage

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)

Mobile & Communications

Wireless Facilities was an independent provider of outsourced network design and management services for the wireless communication industry. WFI completed its IPO in 2000.


Consumer Internet + Media

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.


Software and Services

Yammer brings the power of social networking inside the enterprise in a private and secure environment.