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James D Robinson

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Jim Robinson is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for nearly 30 years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, banker, and futurist.

Since becoming a VC in 1992, Jim has led investments in and served on the boards of more than forty technology companies, with a current focus on applications and services in payments, digital currencies, and the blockchain. Jim often invests in businesses that leverage network effects or crowd-intelligence. He is currently a Director of Boom Financial, Netsertive, Noom, OLO.com, OpenPeak and Quirky, and a board observer at Bitpay.  He also advises several seed companies, including Admittedly, Amicus, Coindoe, Culinary Agents, Gem, itBit, TheSkimm, and Vaurum.

While earning a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at Antioch College during the early 1980's, Jim worked as an engineering intern in the solar power division at General Electric; as a programmer for Illinois state government; and later as an analyst for the 1984 Reagan Campaign. In his third year at college he founded IV Systems, developing unix-based applications on Fortune Systems workstations.

In 1986, Jim joined J.P. Morgan, initially helping deploy a global risk-management system, and then as an investment banker. Jim earned an MBA from Harvard in 1992, and joined H&Q Venture Capital in San Francisco. Working nights and weekends, he founded InterVideo Response with Stuart Ellman in 1994, building in-stadium touchscreen ordering systems. In the days before wifi and smartphones, they were ten years too early. After deciding against launching a second business involving pet-related services, the two started their own VC firm in the fall of 1994.

Jim is involved with several non-profit endeavors. He is a Director of the New York City Investment Fund, the NYC Seed Program, and the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems. Jim has been a YPO member since 1998. He is also a CERT first-responder, and a dog person.

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