The Museum’s well-known Revolutionaries speaker series is on the road! Our first stop was at NPR’s new corporate headquarters and digital news center in Washington, DC, and our first speaker was Steve Case.
Today Case wears many hats—including serving as Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington DC-based investment firm that he co-founded. He is also Chairman of UP Global and Chairman of The Case Foundation.
But Case made his mark in computer history as the co-founder of America Online, where he began his entrepreneurial career in 1985. AOL put much of America online and on the Internet in the 1990s, and its merger with Time Warner in 2000 was one of the epic moments in the dot-com boom. Some observers believe it represented the zenith of the early Internet’s heyday before Wall Street and the economy reset the playing field in the early 2000s.
The sum of this work has made Case one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He is, without question, a pioneer in making the online world part of everyday life.
Museum CEO John Hollar led an in-depth conversation with Steve about his early life in Hawaii, how his passion for starting companies and for supporting entrepreneurs developed, his roller-coaster ride at the top of AOL, his work in the public policy arena and his philanthropic endeavors. They also discussed Case’s “Rise of the Rest” campaign and tour, giving entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley the opportunity to compete for startup funding.
This event is part of the Museum’s acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.