Paul S. Madera '78

Paul Madera is a 1978 graduate of the USAF Academy and is currently Managing Director at Meritech Capital Partners, a $3.1 billion venture capital fund he co-founded in 1999. He currently invests in private technology companies in the SaaS, storage, e-commerce, financial, and medical device sectors. Over the years he has led Meritech's investments into several of the most successful tech companies of the era including 2Wire, BlueArc, Facebook, Force10 Networks, Glaukos, IntraLase, Riverbed Technology, and Salesforce. He has been consistently listed in the top tier of Forbes “Midas List” of successful venture capital investors since 2010. Prior to Meritech, Paul was Managing Director of Private Equity at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America where he and his group advised technology startups in raising capital. He began his career in finance as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. Before entering the private sector, he served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Pilot based in South Korea, Spain, and Utah. He also spent a tour at the Pentagon as a member of the Air Force Liaison Office where he interfaced with Senate and House Armed Services Committees. Paul holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Air Force Academy.