RRE Ventures Names Schlafman as a Principal

RRE Ventures said Wednesday that it has named Steve Schlafman as a principal. Prior to joining RRE, Schlafman worked at Lerer Ventures. Headquartered in New York, RRE Ventures is an early-stage venture investment firm.


NEW YORK, July 17, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — RRE Ventures, a leading early stage venture investor based in New York, today announced the addition of Steve Schlafman as a Principal. Mr. Schlafman brings a wide range of investment experience to RRE and is regarded as one of New York’s most capable venture capital professionals.
“New York represents one of the most exciting markets in the Venture Capital industry today,” said Stuart Ellman, RRE Ventures Co-Managing Partner. “As one of the largest and most active early stage investors in the New York region, a key element of RRE Ventures’ success has been our ability to attract highly talented investors to work alongside the entrepreneurs leading the next wave of innovation here. Steve Schlafman has a stellar reputation within the entrepreneur community and will be immediately accretive to our mission.”
Schlafman will be joining RRE Ventures from Lerer Ventures. Prior to joining Lerer, Schlafman was VP of Business Development at Stickybits Inc. / Turntable.fm and Director of Venture Investments at The Kraft Group. He also previously held a variety of Business Development, Strategy and Corporate Finance roles at Massive, Inc. and Microsoft, and graduated with the highest honors from Northeastern University.
“The New York market is full of innovation, technology transformation and entrepreneurial energy which makes it an ideal place for venture investing,” said Steve Schlafman, Principal at RRE Ventures. “RRE Ventures has a solid position and a great track record in one of tech’s fastest growing geographies and I am delighted to be joining this respected and experienced team.”
Schlafman will be based at RRE Ventures’ New York headquarters and will be responsible for investments at both the seed and venture stage.
About RRE
At the center of New York’s start-up community since 1994, RRE Ventures is a leading early stage venture investor with five funds totaling over $1 billion in committed capital. RRE Ventures invests primarily at early stage across a diversified range of industries with portfolio holdings that include Business Insider, BuzzFeed, Wisdom Tree, Vine, MakerBot, Recyclebank, Paperless Post and Proofpoint.