Scott Jacobson

Managing Director
“Many of the entrepreneurs I meet left great jobs at top-tier companies to pursue a dream or a passion. It takes a lot of soul-searching and a special personality to make that leap and roll the dice. Entrepreneurs’ passion for building something truly great and making an impact on the world is contagious, and it makes my job a lot of fun.”

Scott joined Madrona in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Haiku Deck, Indochino, LUMO BodyTech, Mobilewalla, RewardLoop, and Yieldex, and is a board observer for AdReady, Animoto, BuddyTV, Decide, Mercent, Optify, Placed, Redfin, and ShopIgniter. Scott also served on the board of Jambool prior to its acquisition by Google in 2010. “I was attracted to Madrona because of the firm’s partnership approach to investing. As an early-stage investor, we are truly rolling up our sleeves and partnering with the entrepreneurs we back on a day-to-day basis. We really do invest a lot of ourselves in our companies.” Scott is particularly interested in consumer web, digital media, and mobile technologies that present opportunities for major disruption of large, established markets. 

Favorite Start-up Moment: “There are key moments in the life of any startup when the decision you make or the path you choose can have massive implications on the long-term success of the business. Helping entrepreneurs make those kinds of decisions is what excites me most.”

Prior to joining Madrona, Scott worked at, where he held senior product and business management positions in the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Marketplace groups. He led several key initiatives, including the international rollout of Amazon’s Merchants@ platform. Earlier in his career, Scott was a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s strategy consulting practice, where he worked with clients in enterprise software, retail, and energy sectors.

Scott graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.