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Cord cutting our way back to 1980

Eric D. Wiesen Jan 29, 2013
I had a funny conversation with our analyst Kane Hsieh last week. One of Kane’s favorite games, popularized since he arrived at RRE last fall, is called “Make People Feel Old” (Kane graduated from college in 2012). As part of a wide-ranging conversation about first audio and then video content consumption, Kane dropped on me that he had never actually owned a player of physical media. Which, after I did the Cheetohs Cheetah face-shake, kind of makes sense – if...
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Is it tacky to say Publishing 2.0?

Eric D. Wiesen Jan 28, 2013
About a month ago I finished an awesome science-fiction novel called WOOL. Not necessarily newsworthy (although if you enjoy sci-fi, particularly of the post-apocalyptic flavor, I strongly encourage you to read it), except WOOL was an example of a rapidly growing genre: self-published fiction. The notion of democratized production of content isn’t even remotely new. In fact it’s so old that even the trend's moniker,  “Web 2.0,” is...
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The Flash and the Furious

Kane Hsieh Jan 17, 2013
If the recent exit of our portfolio company Nexsan is any indication, more and more companies are starting to take notice of low-level server technologies previously left to sys admins and IT wonks. In 2012, the internet created more than 1,200 exabytes of new data. That’s 1,200,000,000,000 gigabytes, or 150,000,000,000 blu ray discs, which would be a stack that reaches halfway to the moon. The advent of ubiquitous sensing and monitoring and cloud computing has...
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Eugenia Koo

Will D. Porteous Jan 08, 2013
With the start of the new year we are happy to announce a new addition to our team. Eugenia Koo has joined RRE as an Analyst focused on identifying new investment opportunities and increasing our involvement with the community of innovators in New York. Eugenia is already a leader within New York City's entrepreneurial community, having been an East Coast contributor for The Next Web and co-founder of Hack'n Jill. As her background suggests, Eugenia is analytical, diligent,...
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The Holy Grail of Cloud

Kane Hsieh Dec 14, 2012
A difficult part of being a VC is evalutating a company at all levels, from engineering feasbility to business viability. Ove the coming weeks I will try to explain some complex engineering concepts in plain English. A term that is being tossed around more and more these days is homomorphic encryption, and it’s important to understand what it is when analyzing the value of cloud services targeted towards large institutions that have lots of sensitive data. (If you are...
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