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What to expect before accepting the offer to become Engineer #1 at a startup

Oct 07, 2013
“It kinda sucks to be engineer #1.” That’s what a couple of my friends – engineers at Google and Bloomberg who have been following the rise of startup culture with intrigue – told me recently. They were referring to non-founder engineers, most commonly the first hire for technology businesses. Often difficult to get, the first engineer sets the tone for the rest of the development team. He or she is also often recruited without much, if any, cash in...
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Cisco to acquire Whiptail for $415M

Will D. Porteous Sep 10, 2013
RRE portfolio company Whiptail has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO). We congratulate the entire Whiptail team on this important development. The full press release is below: Acquisition Strengthens Cisco's Unified Computing System Strategy With Integration of High Performance Solid State Memory Systems SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced its intent to acquire privately held...
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Welcome Schlaf!

Stuart J. Ellman Jul 17, 2013
New York’s startup and venture ecosystem is pretty tight knit, so everyone who’s actively involved tends to know one another. And every once in a while someone comes along who stands out as exceptional. Steve Schlafman (@schlaf) is one of those people, and we are incredibly excited to welcome him to the RRE team. We have had the opportunity to work with Steve through countless New York startup events and by investing alongside him during his tenure at Lerer Ventures....
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Trumaker & Co. - Bespoke for the rest of us

Jun 18, 2013
Trumaker & Co. is the latest seed investment in the RRE portfolio. Men's fashion has always been about fit - and for a long time, this meant that if you had a body shape that didn't exactly match manufacturers' off-the-rack sizes, you had two options: put up with awkwardly fitting clothes, or shell out some serious money for bespoke threads. In recent years, the emergence of web-based logistics and operations software and payments processors, combined with the...
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Airware: Democratizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

May 16, 2013
I first met the Airware (Unmanned Innovations at the time) team at the Lemnos Labs demo day in December, 2012. Working out of the Lemnos garage in the untrendy part of San Francisco, Jonathan Downey and the rest of the Airware team had a grand vision for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which are often conflated with drones (all drones are UAVs, but not vice versa - drones are by definition autonomous). Jonathan patiently explained to me that the autopilot, which comprises a...
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