Paul Madera was the founder of Meritech in 1999. He currently focuses on the SaaS, financial technology, digital consumer, and medical device sectors.
He has led Meritech’s investments into BlueArc (Hitachi Data), DataStax, DealerSocket, Facebook (FB), Force10 Networks (DELL), Glaukos (GKOS), MuleSoft (MULE), Openlane (KAR), Panzura, Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Salesforce.com (CRM), 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.
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 on the board of the US Air Force Academy Endowment. Paul spends his off hours cycling the hills west of Palo Alto to prepare for “century” rides.