Paul Madera

Paul Madera

Managing Director/Co-Founder, Meritech Capital Partners


Paul co-founded Meritech in 1999 and helps lead the firm’s consumer, enterprise and fintech practices.
Prior to co-founding Meritech, Paul was a Managing Director and the Head of the Private Equity Group at Montgomery Securities, where he advised private tech companies on equity financings. He began his career in finance as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, and prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he served in the US Air Force as an F-4 and F-16 pilot based in South Korea, Spain and Utah.

Paul has been named to the Forbes 'Midas List' multiple times, a recognition given to the world's top tech investors.

Paul holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves as a trustee of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and on the Board of the U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation. Paul spends his time away from the office cycling across the Bay Area to prepare for ‘century rides.'

Key Quotes

“Cyber superiority is indisputably a key requirement for the Air Force and all the U.S. military services… We are underinvested as a nation and as an Air Force. We grads have an obligation to help prepare our cadets for this battlefield of the future, in whatever manner we can – financial contributions, programmatic suggestions and commercial collaboration if possible – to improve our capabilities.”

“He always knew before the rest of us what Facebook could be… Mark’s vision on the purity of the product really did benefit from his control and ownership. It wasn’t subject to committee decisions. It was all Mark.”


Managing Director/Co-Founder

Meritech Capital Partners

1999 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2019 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2018 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2017 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2017 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2014 - Present

Board Member/Investor

Sonendo Inc

2014 - Present

Board Member/Investor


2012 - Present

Board Observer/Investor

MuleSoft Inc

2014 - 2017

Board Member/Investor

Glaukos Corporation

2010 - 2015

Board Member/Investor


2008 - 2014

Board Observer/Investor


2006 - 2012

Board Member/Chairman

BlueArc Corporation

2004 - 2011

Managing Director/Head of Private Equity

Montgomery Securities

1994 - 1999

Investment Banking Associate

Morgan Stanley

1990 - 1994

F-16 Fighter Pilot

United States Air Force

1978 - 1988

Captain in the Office of Secretary

Air Force/Legislative Liaison

1984 - 1985