When you think of philanthropy and entrepreneurship, Steve Case is one of the first people that come to mind. Steve is a visionary, seeing the potential in things. Starting with co-founding AOL in 1985, Steve has a legacy of helping build things up. AOL under Steve’s leadership became the world’s largest Internet company and helped establish the Internet.
Now, he uses that experience to help other companies thrive. Steve just launched Revolution, a $200M venture fund focused on innovation outside of Silicon Valley. He has backed more than thirty companies, including LivingSocial, Zipcar, and AddThis.
“You can be entrepreneurial even if you don’t want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges.”
Steve is passionate about fostering a sense of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He lends his time to helping promote entrepreneurs in the US, being an active chair member for UP Global, an organization created by Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership, as well as the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In 1997, he founded The Case Foundation, investing in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships with a focus on leveraging the Internet and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen the social sector.
And now he’s bringing that experience and his insights to SMW NYC. Join Steve and us this February. Get your pass now.