Co-Founder, Denkyem Co-op(Jan 2010 - Till Now)
A native of Seattle, Rudy graduated from Franklin & Marshall College (BA Economics ‘91) and attended law school at the University of Washington (JD ’94). He started his legal career as an associate at Perkins Coie, the Northwest’s largest law firm, from 1994-1999. In 1999, he joined Amazon.com as its fourth lawyer, eventually rising to the position of VP & Associate General Counsel for New Technologies, Intellectual Property and Business Development. Rudy left Amazon in May 2005, and after a short stint as a principal at Beacon Law Advisors, moved to Palo Alto to become Facebook’s general counsel and 46th employee in January 2006. After the birth of his first son in 2008, Rudy returned to Seattle and took on the role of VP, Business Operations at an internet startup, Evri Inc., which he left in July 2010. From 2010-2018, Rudy was one of the most active angel investors in the Seattle area, investing in dozens of local technology companies. Most recently, Rudy joined Seattle-based venture capital firm Founder’s Co-op as a general partner in its third fund, and is presently a venture partner in the fourth fund. He is also the co-founder of Denkyem Co-op, which provides financing and other support for community-focused black entrepreneurs in the Seattle area. Rudy serves on the boards of multiple Seattle-area startups as well as the University of Washington Foundation, and is a former trustee of Seattle Country Day School.
Chief Legal Officer, Foundry Law Group(Feb 2014 - Till Now)
Seattle, United States
Madhu K. Singh is the founder and chief legal officer at Foundry Law Group. Madhu and the President at TiE Seattle. Madhu and her team enjoy serving as trusted counsel to startups and emerging companies, support corporate governance and acquisitions, and advise on protecting and leverage their proprietary assets. Madhu believes in building strong relationships with her clients as a resource and active within the local business community. She volunteers regularly with Wayfind Legal by speaking at CLEs, providing pro bono legal support, and supervising a cohort of attorneys new to advising nonprofits. She received the 2018 Volunteer of the year award by this prestigious organization. In 2014 she was named the Woman Business Owner of the year by the Small Business Administration and has been named a 'rising star' by Super lawyers for the past five years. In addition to her practice, she is in her eighth year as an Adjunct Faculty at the Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic at Seattle University School of Law. She holds a JD and MBA from the University of Kansas.