Matthew Nordan is co-founder and General Partner of Azolla Ventures. He has focused on cutting-edge technologies for more than 25 years as an investor, advisor, and analyst.
Azolla Ventures scales the work of Prime Impact Fund, Azolla Ventures’ $50 million predecessor vehicle that Matthew co-founded. Prior to Prime Impact Fund, Matthew served as co-founder and Managing Partner at MNL Partners, a developer of energy and environmental projects in China. He learned venture capital at Venrock, one of the world’s oldest and most successful VC firms, where he and colleagues drove the firm’s investment in Nest Labs (acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) among other companies. Prior to Venrock, Matthew was President of Lux Research (acquired by private equity firm Bregal Sagemount), an advisory services firm for science-driven innovation that he co-founded in 2004. Earlier, Matthew held a variety of senior management roles at emerging technology advisor Forrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) in the U.S. and Europe.
Matthew co-founded Prime Coalition, Azolla Ventures’ nonprofit founder and impact partner, and served on its board of directors from 2019-2020. He has testified before the U.S. Congress four times on emerging technology issues and is a widely sought-after speaker and commentator. In addition to numerous Prime-backed companies, he serves on the boards of Climate Tech Insights and Sense Labs. He holds a B.A. from Yale, where he conducted cognitive neuroscience research on emotion and memory.