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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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E-books: a Medium in Progress

Kane Hsieh Oct 31, 2012
E-books will never replace paper books. But they don’t have to. Comparing books to e-books is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach, and flexibility of the e-book format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book – nor does it need to. E-books are a fundamentally new medium, stuck in an awkward growing stage. The problem with e-books as...
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What I really look for

Adam Ludwin Oct 24, 2012
most VCs talk about funding startups that "solve problems" for "big markets." i mean, sure... but that's usually only clear in retrospect.    so instead, i look for startups that:   are polarizing   do not require a pitch   nag you for days like a great movie or a crush   were started by founders that knew they had to start it   receive legal threats   are growing...
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