Kent Madsen - Managing Director

Kent Madsen is a Managing Director at EPIC Ventures and has been investing in early-stage technology companies for almost two decades.  While in venture capital Kent has directly worked on 5 IPO's and dozens of acquisitions.  Kent has served on numerous for- and non-profit boards of directors, including about 10 years on Zions Bank's Board of Directors (a full service bank with approximately $26 billion in assets). 

Previously, Kent served as President, CEO and board member of MACC Private Equities (NASDAQ: MACC) and its wholly owned subsidiary MorAmerica Capital, one of the nation’s oldest and most well-known late-stage SBIC companies that has provided sub-debt and equity financing to approximately 120 companies.

Before working in venture capital, Kent worked for Ford Motor Company.  He started in the Advanced Technology Group where he developed mathematical and computational models for optimizing vehicles’ aerodynamic and thermodynamic properties and systems. Being fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) he then transferred to Ford's China Operations, eventually relocating to China, to help set up joint ventures there. Prior to working for Ford, as a graduate student, Mr. Madsen taught Engineering Thermodynamics at the University of Michigan and helped write the solution manual to Fundamentals of Classical Thermodynamics published by John Wiley and Sons.

Kent has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has a M.S.E. from the University in Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Madsen also received an M.B.A. from Wharton.

 

Education

  • MBA - Wharton Business School
  • MA - University of Pennsylvania
  • MSE - University of Michigan
  • BS - University of Pennsylvania

Current Investments

  • Canopy Tax
  • Volta
  • HGData (Board Member)
  • Knod (Board Member)
  • Nuvi
  • Simplus (Board Member)
  • Shape Security
  • SilverVue (Board Member)
  • Zenefits

Past Investments

  • Advanced Software (Acquired: Embarcadero Technologies)
  • Cerberian (Acquired: Bluecoat Systems)
  • Divx (IPO: DIVX)
  • Everdream (Acquired: Dell)
  • Everspin (IPO: MRAM)
  • Infinera (IPO: INFN)
  • Ingeo Systems (Acquired: CSC)
  • Lefthand Networks (Acquired: Hewlett Packard)
  • Linux Networx (Acquired: Silicon Graphics)
  • Navitel (Acquired: Open TV)
  • Netcentives (IPO: NCNT)
  • Pivot Solutions (Acquired: CMI)
  • Zettacore (Acquired: Atotech)