Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> September 23, 2003

Venture Investing In Information Technology: James Robinson – Rre Ventures

JAMES ROBINSON is a Founder and General Partner at RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for over 20 years as an entrepreneur, banker and investor. While earning his double degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at Antioch College during the early 1980s, Mr. Robinson worked as a programmer, developing internal e-mail systems for state government, and later founded and was President of IV Systems Inc., a consulting firm that created custom applications for Unix workstations. In 1986, Mr. Robinson joined JP Morgan & Company, where he spent four years working on technology- related assignments, first within the Global Exposure Management group designing and testing software for risk management systems, and later as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance group focused on technology and communications companies. Mr. Robinson earned an MBA from Harvard in 1992, and subsequently joined Hambrecht & Quist Venture Capital in San Francisco. While at H&Q he led investments primarily within the software, services and communications sectors, and served as a General Partner across several investment funds for the firm. Since co-founding RRE in late 1994, Mr. Robinson has been responsible for over 20 technology investments, and currently serves as a Director of Evoke Software (data profiling software), Goldpocket Interactive (interactive television software and infrastructure), ReefEdge (wireless networking software for 802.11 applications), and Vivre (luxury goods internet site and catalog company). Mr. Robinson is involved in several non-profit endeavors, serving on the Board of Directors of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, The New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA), the New York City Investment Fund's Information Technology Group, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems. Mr. Robinson joined the Young President's Organization in 1999. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a quick overview of RRE Ventures?

Mr. Robinson: RRE Ventures was founded in 1994. The founding principals

were Stuart Ellman, my father James Robinson III, and