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October 8, 2014 - WHO-TV News Channel 13 - Much like a bar crawl, Steve Case’s “Start-Up Crawl”, as part of his “Rise of the Rest Bus Tour”, is taking him from one business to the next across the Midwest. “We’re trying to put a start-up on the map, but we’re really trying to put Central Iowa on the map,” he said.
October 8, 2014 - Star Tribune - It was a little like “Shark Tank,” with a heavy dose of Minnesota Nice. Ten Minnesota start-ups gave tech billionaire Steve Case and a panel of five others their best pitch, and one of them won a $100,000 investment from the AOL founder himself.
October 7, 2014 - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - AOL co-founder and startup investor Steve Case took a tamale break with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar Tuesday during a brief tour of the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis.Case was in Minneapolis for the second leg of his “Rise of the Rest” road tour, which aims to both highlight and vet entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley.
October 7, 2014 - Technical.ly - In the early days of America Online, when Steve Case, who became CEO in 1991, would bump into a high-powered friend in D.C., he’d almost always be asked the same question. So how long are you going to be in town? The assumption was that even though he lived in the Virginia suburbs, he was surely just between trips to Silicon Valley — “most of the times, I was,” he admits.
October 7, 2014 - Xconomy - Solomo Technology founder and CEO Liz Eversoll walked away with a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case after she won yesterday’s startup pitch competition in Madison, WI. The event was part of the “Rise of the Rest Road Trip” highlighting emerging startup clusters in the Midwest.
October 6, 2014 - Re/code - The central idea of Walter Isaacson’s new book, “The Innovators,” is this: Innovation is a team sport. Isaacson doesn’t waste any time making this point. He gets right to it in the first paragraph of the first page: “Most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively.” He notes that there were “a lot of fascinating people,” and goes on to tell the stories of “these pioneers, hackers, investors and entrepreneurs” — but makes it clear early on that “The Innovators” is a “narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”
October 6, 2014 - Tech Cocktail - With more cities developing and growing their entrepreneurial community comes the important question of funding. “We are seeing that more startups are not having to move from their cities to find funding,” said Clara Sieg of Revolution Ventures in a panel led by Eric Olson of Origin Ventures during Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference.
October 6, 2014 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Solomo Technology Inc. was selected from a field of nine start-ups to win $100,000 from AOL founder Steve Case's investment firm, organizers said late Monday.
October 2, 2014 - The Huffington Post - Think Silicon Valley is the only place to launch a successful tech startup? Maybe you haven't visited some of the growing cities in the so-called flyover states. As a founder born and raised in Indiana, I've kept an eye on what's growing outside of the coasts. Abundant resources and midwestern work ethic have sprouted entrepreneurial communities and startups that are changing the status quo.
October 1, 2014 - Kansas City Business Journal - Known for a congenial ethos with entrepreneurship, the Kansas City startup scene soon will ditch its affable nature and get combative. Ten of the area's startups are vying for a shot at $100,000 thanks to the Rise of the Rest pitch competition tour that's making its way through the Midwest.
September 30, 2014 - Wisconsin State Journal - Nine companies, most of them in Madison, will vie for a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case as part of the Rise of the Rest Road Tour on Monday. The nine chosen to compete at the Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., at 4 p.m.
September 30, 2014 - Silicon Prairie News - With the kickoff for the second Rise of the Rest Road Trip less than a week away, the finalists with a chance at $100,000 have been announced in each of the tour’s five cities. As part of the Rise of the Rest tour with Revolution CEO Steve Case, five pitch competitions will be held across the region—Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Des Moines; Kansas City and St. Louis—to help “celebrate and accelerate” the progress being made in the heartland’s entrepreneurial communities.