Nov. 8, 2022

Rise of the Rest with Steve Case

Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Case co-founded AOL in 1985 and under his leadership and vision, AOL became the largest and most valuable Internet company of its time.  Moving beyond AOL, Case formed Revolution, a DC based investment firm focused on innovation beyond the coasts. On today's episode, we discuss his new book, their investments in Central Texas, and why Austin might be different than the rest.


  •  Startups are rising in the rest with two-thirds of the CNBC Disruptor list and all of the Top 20 Inc 5,000 companies coming from outside Silicon Valley this year.
  • The motivations for movement around the country during the pandemic seems to be a mixture of John Steinbeck’s Great American Adventure and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
  • With scaling technology and remote work, startups are early on establishing their presence in multiple locations, which is something we previously only saw in large corporations.
  • Austin wasn’t included on the Rise of the Rest tour because it “has emerged as a thriving startup hub” and didn’t need the catalytic moment of the bus tour to push forward.
  • What's next for Steve Case? "Well, I see I have a lot of work to do here. We've made a little bit of progress in the last decade in terms of its rise the rest, helping more entrepreneurs in more places."

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