Since our founding in 1994, RRE has supported countless entrepreneurs in building world-class companies. Because we’re passionate about partnering with these exceptional teams throughout their journeys, we decided three years ago to expand and formalize our platform efforts to better support our portfolio companies throughout their growth.
RRE’s platform mission is to help our companies as they grow and to expand RRE’s presence in the tech ecosystem. While we will always go the extra mile to help our founders and their teams with any needs that come up, there are a few areas where we provide more structured support across the entire portfolio. At our firm, that means business development, talent, and community learning—areas where RRE can add unique value. As part of our platform efforts, we also look for new ways to continue to engage deeply with the NYC tech ecosystem, where many of our companies are based. We look forward to adding new avenues of leverage to strengthen our platform efforts over time.
To that end, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our platform team. Please meet RRE’s new Platform Manager, Laurel Woerner. Laurel has real passion for supporting startups and the NYC tech community, driving it to be a bigger, better, and more inclusive space. Laurel comes to RRE from x.ai, an AI scheduling software startup, where she worked to define and publicize their vision of scheduling nirvana. She executed the marketing relaunch of the company, and also created a thriving customer community of x.ai fans called Time Lords. Before that, she was part of the early Work-Bench team, where she helped build out their ecosystem of enterprise technology startups/buyers through community initiatives like content and events. By night, she’s into design, art, reading, boba, and dog parks. She’s excited to join RRE to help their portfolio companies navigate growth, and we’re glad to have her.
Laurel will be supporting Maria Palma, Vice President of Business Development, who heads our platform team. We could not be more excited to have her join forces with RRE to support our companies and the broader ecosystem. Please join us in welcoming her to the team!