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Why We Started Abra

James D. Robinson Mar 05, 2015
By Bill Barhydt and Jim Robinson   Yesterday at the Launch Festival in San Francisco we announced Abra.  Abra (A Better Remittance App) is an exciting new iPhone and Android software cash wallet and money transfer application.     We started Abra because we believe that the first generation of digital currency applications are technical marvels but don’t solve real consumer pain.  To make digital currency useful to “cash consumers”...
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The Most Important SaaS Metric Nobody Talks About: Time-to-Value (‘TtV’)

Lenny Pruss Feb 03, 2015
In a world where applications are delivered via cloud and distributed across billions of Internet-connected end-points, we’ve seen barriers to entry, adoption and innovation compress by an order of magnitude or two, if not crushed altogether. Compound this by advances in application and data portability and the implication for technology vendors competing in this global, all-you-can-eat software buffet is that customers’ switching costs are rapidly approaching zero. In this...
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Introducing Accion Systems: Revolutionary Propulsion for Satellites

Will D. Porteous Jan 07, 2015
We are excited to announce our investment in Accion Systems this morning alongside a syndicate of some of our favorite co-investors. This is our 2nd investment in a New Space company after we led the Series A round for Spire last spring. Accion is commercializing a new ion-based propulsion system for spacecraft. We were introduced to co-founder and CEO, Natalya Brikner by our friends at Undercurrent, who share our passion for new space...
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The Dangerous and Rewarding Path to Building Deep Value Relationships with Investors

Aaron Schildkrout Dec 16, 2014
This post was written by Aaron Schildkrout, Entrepreneur in Residence at RRE Ventures. It originally appeared on Aaron's Medium blog.  I. Here’s a simple, functional topology of entrepreneur-investor relationships:  First — and worst: The Wasteful Relationship. Such a relationship is time-consuming, degrading, and distracting.  Second: The Neutral Relationship. You get capital, and not much else. Third: The Minor Value...
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The Container Wars have Started and We Should be Paying Close Attention

Lenny Pruss Dec 04, 2014
On Monday, the guys at CoreOS announced Rocket, a command-line tool for working with App Container, the company's own container image format, runtime and discovery mechanism. It was the first major competitive blow levied against Docker. The news within the news was that Rocket’s format and runtime promises to be completely open, which is in contrast to the approach Docker has taken, having shown consternation around publishing or agreeing on a spec /standard...
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