S. “Soma” Somasegar is an Indian American technology business executive in the Greater Seattle Area. He is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a venture capital firm based in Seattle. Somasegar joined Madrona in November 2015 after a 27-year career at Microsoft, where he most recently was corporate vice president of the developer division and overseeing the global distributed R&D centers at Microsoft.
|Born||August 1966 (age 52)|
|Residence||Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|Occupation||A managing director at Madrona Venture Group]|
Somasegar attended Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School in Pondicherry. In 1986 he received a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Guindy Engineering College, Anna University in Chennai, India. Soma then moved to the US where he received a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1988. He was working toward a PhD in Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo when he joined Microsoft in January 1989.
Somasegar joined the Operating System group at Microsoft, working on OS/2, the early versions of NT and Windows – in all eight different releases of the Windows family of product.
As the leader of developer division, Somasegar was responsible for engineering, marketing and evangelizing developer tools and services, programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, including the Visual Studio family of products, .NET Framework, and Team Foundation Server. His team was also responsible for MSDN and TechNet online properties to enable a deep connection with the developer and IT professional audiences. In addition, Somasegar was the founder of Microsoft's India R&D efforts, and the executive sponsor for Microsoft's global development centers including the R&D efforts in China, India and Israel.
Under Somasegar's leadership, the Microsoft Developer Division, which supports over six million .NET developers worldwide, expanded its mission to deliver developer tools and services for mobile development and cloud development across a variety of platforms and programming technologies through the Visual Studio and .NET family of products.
As a managing director at Madrona, Somasegar focuses on investment areas including machine learning/artificial intelligence, multi-sense user interfaces, next generation cloud infrastructure, intelligent applications, and robotic process automation (RPA). Somasegar has authored several articles outlining Madrona's perspective on how these technologies will evolve.
Somasegar lives in the Seattle area with his wife Akila, and their two daughters.
Somasegar has been an active angel and seed investor both in the U.S. and globally. With investments spanning across both enterprise and consumer segments, Somasegar has focused on early stage investments across a wide range of technology areas. This is what led him to become a venture capitalist in the second phase of his career.
An area of passion and focus for Soma is empowering and educating girls around the world. Somasegar and his wife, having two daughters themselves, believe in the great opportunity that exists globally in supporting women’s education and empowerment initiatives.
In his spare time, Somasegar enjoys traveling the world, and occasionally playing a round of racquetball on the weekends.
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Since the first version, Microsoft has released nine more upgrades for .NET Framework, seven of which have been released along with a new version of Visual Studio. Two of these upgrades, .NET Framework 2.0 and 4.0, have upgraded Common Language Runtime (CLR). New versions of .NET Framework replace older versions when the CLR version is the same.
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The project is currently inactive, with the last release of IronRuby (version 1.1.3) being in March 2011.Kurukshetra (college festival)
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