Jonathan Roberts

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Jonathan Roberts is a Founder and General Partner of Ignition Partners.  Ignition is the largest venture capital firm based in the Northwest, with offices in Bellevue, WA and Palo Alto, CA, and over $3 billion in committed capital across its early-stage venture funds and affiliated funds in China.  Ignition focuses its investments on enterprise software companies and has led early-stage rounds for such companies as Splunk, Docusign, Avvo, and Cloudera.  Jonathan led a number of these investments, most notably, Docusign, where Ignition was the first institutional investor and Jonathan served on the board for nearly fifteen years.


Prior to Ignition Jonathan spent 13 years at Microsoft. Jonathan led the marketing and business efforts for a number of versions of Windows, Windows NT, and BackOffice.   Roberts received his B.A. in history from the University of Washington where he was also Student Body President.  Jonathan serves on the boards of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), Applied Precision Learning, and University of Washington’s Institute of Stem Cell Research (ISCRM).  Jonathan was formerly on the executive committees of The Epiphany School, The University of Washington Foundation Board, and The United Nations Association of America.  Jonathan is married to Elizabeth Roberts and they have three children.