Jason BlackNew York, New York, United States, United States
Bio
Jason is a Principal at RRE, where he devotes his time analyzing B2B companies, typically with a technical bent. He covers spaces like machine learning, developer tools, infrastructure platforms, industrial internet of things, robotics, and anything in traditional enterprise software. Prior to joining RRE, Jason worked at Microsoft, where he developed Office’s first dedicated startup analysis pipeline. Jason holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science. While there, Jason founded the Harvard College Tech Review, where he served as Editor-in-Chief, worked as a freelance designer and photographer, and co-Founded two student startups.
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Experience
Principal
RRE Ventures
Jul 2017 - Current
Investor
OpenEnvoy
Mar 2021 - Current
Investor, Board Observer
Tive Inc
Dec 2020 - Current
Board Member
Boost
Mar 2020 - Current
Board Member
Lucy
Jan 2020 - Current
Board Observer
Rxdefine
Jan 2020 - Current
Board Observer
PartnerStack
Jun 2019 - Current
Investor
Wallaroo Labs
Jan 2018 - Current
Investor
Parallel Domain
Jan 2018 - Current
Board Observer
Latch
Jan 2017 - Current
Board Observer
Redox
Jan 2017 - Current
Board Member
PebblePost
Jan 2017 - Current
Board Observer
READY Robotics
Jan 2016 - Current
Board Observer
Beeswax
Feb 2015 - Current
Board Observer
Knock.com
Feb 2015 - Current
Board Observer
GreatHorn
Jan 2015 - Current
Board Member
Clearpath Inc.
Jan 2014 - Current
Associate
RRE Ventures
Jul 2016 - Jul 2017
Analyst
RRE Ventures
Sep 2014 - Jul 2016
Design Researcher
Microsoft
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
- Initiated, developed, and implemented an early warning system that proactively surfaces startups to 125+ design stakeholders across Microsoft Office via social media, newsletters, and monthly startup demos/analysis - Delivered comprehensive review of the startup landscape in a new vertical of interest, including strategic mappings, feature tear-downs, and implementation research that prompted M&A talks and was incorporated into a vision document delivered to ASG EVP, Qi Lu for a potential new product. Alongside the Office Director, I will present my contributions to Bill Gates in June. - Authored strategic cost-benefit analysis of developing an Office application on two major platforms to support a major decision in allocating 200+ engineering employees.
Product Planning Intern
Microsoft
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
- Selected as one of only two undergraduate interns, out of 1,750+ interns, for the Product Planning role which is normally reserved for MBA candidates. - Synthesized self-directed qualitative and quantitative research projects to create an in-depth look at the Chinese high school demographic. Presented results to 5 teams across Microsoft Office Division, providing data and frameworks to help the planning and development teams reason about pain points and market opportunities in China for Office 16.
Creative Intern
The Ad Club
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011
- Created visuals for presentations, award shows, company events, newsletters, and other branded materials. - Photographed and documented major Ad Club events - Contributed to planning and designing the look and feel of Ad Club events
Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Harvard College Tech Review
Dec 2010 - Jun 2013
- Co-wrote the mission statement and outlined our unique value proposition as a Harvard student publication. - Launched and customized the website. - Designed the HCTR logo (as well as a later rebranding), promotional materials, and article visuals. - Organized and lead weekly HCTR tech discussions and article planning sessions. - Developed an onboarding program for new writers/contributors. - Built and maintained a social presence across Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. - Developed publishing/editing procedures (publishing schedules to writers, turnaround time for editing/approval, responsibilities of writers and editors, etc.). - Edited articles and gave 1:1 guidance as necessary. - Wrote articles across a variety of topics, drawing on professor interviews when available/appropriate. - Reevaluated and reimplemented publishing/editing procedures after first year to better fit the unique constraints of a new publication with relatively low-awareness and membership.
Public Relations, Corporate Development Intern
Hirschvogel Incorporated
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
- Translated corporate contracts (German to English) between Bosch GmbH and Hirschvogel Automotive Group GmbH - Revised and sent mass (+1000) email survey's to Hirschvogel clients - Summarized and presented results of client surveys to public relations director - Clarified and revised English version of company newsletters - Redesigned and revised company Powerpoint presentations
Publicity Manager
Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Inc.
Jan 2010 - Jan 2011
- Served on the executive committee - Designed and coordinated distribution of 1200 posters, 500 fliers, and a number of newspaper & radio advertisements. - Managed annual budget of ~$3000 - Initiated online advertisement campaigns through Facebook Ads - Created and managed multimedia Facebook Page - Designed and produced promotional videos utilized in online campaign - Photographed and distributed photos of HRCM events
Education
Welfen-Gymnasium Schongau
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Wellsboro High School
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Harvard University
A.B., Majoring in Psychology, Minoring in Computer Science
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