Michael Madison is the Managing Director of Cocoon Ventures and is a hard-core technologist that still enjoys getting his hands dirty. He started writing software in the 2nd grade and was a code contributor to NASA Langley’s supercomputer management systems by the time he entered junior high. Michael was also named as one of the Business Journals' 2009 top 40 executives under the age of 40 in the Silicon Valley.
Cocoon Ventures is a venture firm with support from Mitsubishi’s Innovation Kitchen in Tokyo and focuses on early stage cross-border investments between Japan and the US. Before Cocoon Ventures, Michael began his venture career as a Kauffman Fellow at The Halo Funds and The Angel’s Forum, where he managed deal flow, supported a network of angels and was a problem solver for various portfolio companies. Prior to that, he was a statistics analyst and tools developer at Tellme Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and a videogame developer for Intrinsic Graphics (spun-out Keyhole [acquired by Google] core acquired by Vicarious Visions). Michael also founded Noble Science, a virtual surgery company that developed a platform allowing surgeons to train in an immersive 3D environment with tactile feedback. Michael’s other experiences cover technical and strategic leadership roles that span a breadth of disciplines, including: particle physics, medical simulation, videogames, flight simulation, supercomputer management, semiconductor design, telecom/VoIP, radiography, consumer electronics and consumer Internet.
Michael has an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in computer engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he was a Meyerhoff Scholar and graduated first in his department. Michael returns to Berkeley to mentor students and help teach entrepreneurship in the EWMBA program.
Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Level Playing Field Institute and the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) . He is also an advisory board member for UMBC’s College of Engineering .