Futurecast: The United State of Entrepreneurship, featuring Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL
San Francisco, New York, and Austin have long been considered the “hubs” of the U.S. tech sector, but they don’t have a monopoly on entrepreneurship and innovation. In fact, entrepreneurs are increasingly choosing to start their businesses in other, smaller cities across the country.
Steve Case, venture capitalist and co-founder of AOL, has made it his mission to highlight the efforts and successes of these startup hubs during his “Rise of the Rest” bus tours through competitions in numerous U.S. cities – with winners receiving a $100,000 investment. What factors contribute to a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem? What can local governments do to foster new hubs of innovation? Is a more equitable nationwide distribution of talent, capital, and innovation good or bad for Silicon Valley?
During the networking hour, the five companies that comprise the inaugural class of AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator will be on-hand to demo their technologies.
About our principal guest
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Case’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL). Under his leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. Today, Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based investment firm he co-founded in 2005.
This Futurecast is on Monday, June 8 from 5:30 to 8pm at the 1776.