Welcome to new partner – Samir Diwan

By Mike Fridgen, Managing Director

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new partner, Samir Diwan! Samir brings highly relevant experience to MVL given his background as a day-one, founding CEO and product leader. He will work closely with our founders-in-residence to build companies in his areas of expertise – the future of work and workplace productivity.

Prior to MVL, Samir was the founding CEO of Polly, the instant engagement app, where he was the driving force behind product and growth, and raised over $13m in venture funding from Madrona, Amplify, Slack and Zoom Fund. Earlier in his career, Samir spent 8 years at Microsoft as an Engineer and a Program Manager on the Windows Performance Team. He earned an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

"I thrive on genuine, authentic interactions with the people around me. I'm not afraid of hard and I'm not afraid of failing. I love building, I love solving problems through product, and I love the energy that comes from bringing together a group of people marching towards a unified mission.” – Samir Diwan, Partner at Madrona Venture Labs.

When he is not working with founders on their startup ideas, he enjoys being outdoors, hoping the MLB will bring back the Expos, and spending time with his wife and two children. 

We are proud to add Samir to the Madrona Venture Labs team and are excited to partner with him to support founders in the months and years to come. You can reach him by email at samir@madronavl.com or follow him on LinkedIn.

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