Project GM


Please note: we have have filled our current openings, but because we spin out companies, we likely will have openings in the near future. Please feel free to apply to the following roles, and we will consider your application when the role re-opens.


Ready to lead an innovative team of engineers, designers and product managers on big ideas with the support and backing of Madrona Venture Labs? The Project GM with Madrona Venture Labs (MVL) is designed to match business, strategy, product, and operations minded startup leaders with ideas that have the potential to be industry changing, $1B+ opportunities. You’ll help generate the ideas and then lead the strategy, planning, and execution for some of our biggest opportunities.


We are a startup Lab located in Seattle with funding from Madrona Venture Group and a half dozen other notable investors on the West Coast. We work on ideas of all kinds but are particularly focused on sectors where our team has experience: AI/ML, ecommerce, and cloud. We accelerate ideas in a few different ways: our Lab works on ideas and spins them out, we support EIR’s and the ideas we believe are a fit for the Lab, and we host existing early-stage startups through an accelerator program twice per year.


In this role, you'll conduct your own research as well as use surveys and interviews with potential customers to understand their psychology, behaviors and desires. You'll work with great team members who have a talent for design, data, engineering and marketing to help ship new ideas by employing careful listening, decision making, judgement, and leadership.


You are a startup leader and love creating value for our customers through data driven decisions. You enjoy partnering with team members to help drive business goals. You have innate curiosity and often answer the question behind the question without being asked. You're highly organized and love building and executing work plans that are detailed and attainable.


You will build out a program to ensure that we are capturing ideas, spending time building the ones that matter, and leading the strategy, operations, product vision and execution for some of our most successful ideas that will turn into spinout companies. Throughout the way, you will deliver on short, mid, and long term goals, while driving projects forward and pivoting when warranted.  As part of this role, you’ll:

  • Define goals, and ensure alignment to MVL’s larger objectives
  • Investigate new idea concepts across MVL’s strategic focus areas
  • Drive the creation of the validation and execution plans for the ideas you lead
  • Lead team through the customer, product prototyping and business validation process
  • Build business models and assumptions for testing
  • Craft and communicate the strategic vision/themes within the team and with our investors, mentors, and other partners
  • Identify and communicate gaps in processes that can produce a more efficacious Lab
  • Utilize the MVL investor and advisor network for signal/feedback on ideas
  • Help recruit founding team members who will take the ideas from early traction to scale


  • Startup experience or progressive and relevant work experience
  • Experience as a multifaceted leader, encompassing strategic judgement, product market fit analysis, and operations
  • Track record shipping and driving increasing consumer or B2B engagement
  • Excellent communication skills in all mediums and to all audiences
  • Capable of authoring and executing on a product strategy
  • Analytic and able to use evidence to drive features, growth and prioritization decisions
  • A strong leader who is excited to support other team members success

One more important note from our end: we recognize the dire lack of diversity in our industry, and we're not standing by. We actively seek to address it with our hiring and retention processes, as well as our office culture.