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Tom Alberg, Amazon, and Seattle’s tech scene

On the 20th anniversary of Madrona Venture Group, and the day before the annual awarding of the Madrona Prize at our Industry Affiliates meeting, a lovely Seattle Times profile of its co-founder and our friend Tom Alberg.

“As one of the first investors in, Tom Alberg has been an active participant in the Seattle area’s tech industry for decades. He talks about those years, Amazon and investing in risky startups.”

Related: A post by Amazon’s Jay Carney, “What The New York Times Didn’t Tell You,” presenting a number of un-reported facts related to the recent New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace practices.

“The next time you see a sensationalistic quote in the Times like “nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk,” you might wonder whether there’s a crucial piece of context or backstory missing — like admission of fraud — and whether the Times somehow decided it just wasn’t important to check.”