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June 27, 2014 - Reuters peHUB - AOL co-founder Steve Case has pledged $100,000 to Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower, which has developed technology to store human motion-generated energy in a battery that can be used to charge electronic devices. Case’s pledge came during his visit to Pittsburgh to tout the city’s entrepreneurial spirit.
June 26, 2014 - Bloomberg TV - Revolution Co-Founder Chairman and CEO Steve Case discusses investing in U.S. start-ups outside of Silicon Valley on “In The Loop.”
June 26, 2014 - PandoDaily - One day later and the energy on Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour has made a 180. He stands in front of a packed warehouse space in Pittsburgh, addressing a rather solemn, serious crowd. “It’s not as bad as Detroit, but you have lost half your population,” Case chastises. “It’s not a good thing. There’s still work to be done.” Heads nod in assent. It’s a far different scene from the raucous cheers and hooting and hollering of the small Detroit gathering the day prior.
June 25, 2014 - PandoDaily - Late at night down the Ohio turnpike, a giant bus emblazoned with a red logo forges through the rain. It stands out on the highway filled with trucks and cars going about their business in the midwest. At first glance, the tour bus looks like it might house some famous rockstar trekking across Middle America. Not quite. It’s housing a tech rock star from the 1990s, his crew, with yours truly as the only journalist aboard. The name gives away how un-rock-and-roll we are: RISE OF THE REST: ROAD TRIP WITH STEVE CASE.
June 25, 2014 - FOX Business - Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will join the “Rise of the Rest” road tour Thursday as it stops in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour, intended to bring attention to emerging startup hubs, will wrap up in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, having held events earlier in the week in Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Penn. “Rise of the Rest” is the brainchild of Revolution CEO and Chairman Steve Case, the former CEO of AOL. Case and Pritzker both serve as members of the Obama Administration’s Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative.
June 24, 2015 - Forbes - America Online co-founder Steve Case knows not every great idea comes from Silicon Valley or New York, and this week he’s putting his own money at risk in four cities where start-up business activity is often overlooked. Case is bringing his “Rise of the Rest” tour to Detroit today, then continuing by bus to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Nashville. In each city, he’ll meet with innovators and entrepreneurs and then take part in a start-up business pitch competition. He’ll invest $100,000 in the winning company in each city.
June 23, 2014 - MarketWatch - The Wall Street Journal - Detroit has had some votes of confidence lately. On Tuesday, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and the chairman and chief executive of Revolution LLC, a Washington-based venture-capital firm, will kick-start his “Rise of the Rest” road trip in Detroit. He will announce a $100,000 prize for the winner of his pitch competition, before awarding a $100,000 prize to a company in each of these cities: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Nashville. Last month, J.P. Morgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank, announced a $100 million investment in Detroit over the next five years. Last year, Google named Detroit a key tech hub.
June 20, 2014 - The Washington Post - Meet the 150 companies in the D.C. area that received the highest ratings from their employees.
June 20, 2014 - Cincinnati Enquirer - Eight startups will pitch next Thursday to America Online co-founder Steve Case when he brings the "Rise of the Rest" tour to Cincinnati. Case will sit on a panel that evaluates the startups, and he'll invest $100,000 in the winner. The winning company will travel to Washington, D.C., and present to Revolution, Case's venture capital firm. The pitch competition will be held at the Know Theatre.
June 19, 2014 - Pittsburgh Business Times - Ten Pittsburgh startups have been selected to pitch to entrepreneur Steve Case when the America Online co-founder stops here June 25. On his Rise of the Rest tour, Case will be awarding a Pittsburgh startup a $100,000 investment. Also joining Case on the tour will be U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert. While in Pittsburgh, Case will be joined by Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh; Luke Skurman, CEO of Niche; Rich Lunak, president and CEO of Innovation Works; and Debra Lam, chief innovation and performance officer for the City of Pittsburgh.
June 17, 2014 - Fox Business - Risk & Reward - Revolution Ventures managing partner David Golden gives his outlook for the Silicon Valley tech scene.
June 13, 2014 - Cincinnati Business Courier - Earlier this week I wrote about how AOL founder Steve Case and his Revolution LLC are bringing their Rise of the Rest Road Trip to Cincinnati, where local startups will have a chance to pitch for a $100,000 investment. Pittsburgh is one of the other cities on the four-city tour, and my counterpart at our sister paper, the Pittsburgh Business Times, thought it’d be cute to stir the pot and ask Steel City startup luminaries to talk a little smack about how their city will be more impressive to Case. “You would think the Pittsburgh startup community would have learned from their NFL team; Cincinnati is gritty and welcomes bulletin board material!” Brandery co-founder Rob McDonald told me. “Our startup community is throwing on the eye black and strapping on their helmets!”