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Revolution Launches $150M Rise of the Rest Seed Fund With Dream Team of Investors

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Today Steve Case’s venture capital firm, Revolution Ventures, announced the creation of a new $150 million ‘Rise of the Rest Seed Fund’ geared at investing in startups outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. There’s no question there is a lack of seed…



Columbus, Ohio: A Startup City on the Rise

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 11:30 am

A few weeks ago, I visited Columbus, Ohio with Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour. The region is cultivating an environment filled with communities, companies, education, and entertainment. As you walk through the downtown streets, businesses are buzzing with activity and the food…

Startups & Apps


8 Columbus Startups Competing in the Rise of the Rest Startup Bus Tour

By | Sep 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

There’s nothing better than a little startup competition to make you appreciate your ecosystem. It motivates founders, spurs innovation, and injects some much-needed capital into any city looking to make technology a priority. And if you’re looking for a countrywide competition that is doing…


How 9 Business Leaders Took In Solar Eclipse

By | Aug 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

The total solar eclipse has come and gone, and hopefully you had a chance to take it in. If you did not, don’t worry NASA has you covered. We were curious to see where some of the top tech titans and luminaries took in…



What Is Startup Day & Why Should You Care?

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Everyday is a “startup day” for me and millions of other entrepreneurs starting and running their own businesses. But today is officially Startup Day, the day when government officials pop out of their summer slumber to show their support for the new economy set…



Celebrating 11 Years of Entrepreneurial Advice

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

On this day eleven years ago, we gathered a couple hundred startup founders, developers, creators, investors, tech enthusiasts and executives into a bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago to host the first TECH cocktail event ever. We pulled it together with a…



Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour Headed Through The Rust Belt with J.D. Vance

By | Jun 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again. That’s the tune that’s running through my head this morning as Steve Case and the Rise of the Rest team announced this morning will be hitting the road again for the 6th…


San Francisco

Google Demo Day 2017: Stackfolio, Waymark the Favorites Among 13 Startups

By | Jun 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Yesterday, I attended Google Demo Day 2017, an event in San Francisco produced with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs that showcased 13 startups from North America. Startups were nominated by partners from the Google for Entrepreneurs’s North American Tech Hub Network and hand-picked by…



J.D. Vance on Hillbilly Complexities and Startup Cities

By | May 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance gives the world insight to his upbringing in Middletown, Ohio where people faced extensive socioeconomic barriers in a poverty-stricken town. From his mother’s multiple marriages and growing opioid addiction and absent father to finding sanctuary with his…


J.D. Vance on Being a Zealot for Your Ecosystem

By | Mar 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Growing up in a rural town often means that people are only exposed to the businesses and experiences available in their bubble. And while one might hear about technology happening in the world and in nearby big cities, the thought of connecting with those people…



Steve Case Wants to Collaborate With You on His Best Selling Book

By | Oct 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm

This year, AOL founder and CEO Steve Case wrote his best selling book The Third Wave. The paperback version of the book is coming out soon, and Steve Case wants to “collaborate with you” to make some revisions. In case The Third Wave is…



Notes From the Road: Rise of the Rest Phoenix Tour

By | Oct 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

In the Valley of the Sun, there is a heat wave of startup activity throughout the community. Our final stop on the Rise of the Rest Tour landed us in Phoenix and we went full afterburner until the sun set in the west. We…



Notes from the Road: Rise of the Rest Albuquerque Tour

By | Oct 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

This Autumn, the City of Albuquerque will be filled with harvest festivals, plenty of chile roasting and hot-air balloons floating in the morning sky. It is here that we landed for our next stop on the Rise of the Rest Tour. Ask any member…


Salt Lake City

Notes From the Road: The Rise of the Rest Salt Lake City-Provo Tour

By | Oct 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Each winter there is a massive influx of ski enthusiasts that migrate to the slopes of Utah. For startups found in the Salt Lake metropolis, these founders are amped to conquer the Silicon Slopes. On Wednesday, The Rise of the Rest tour continued in…



Notes from the Road: The Rise of the Rest Denver Tour

By | Oct 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Mile High city never disappoints, with a vibrant landscape and 300 days of sun intertwined with an active downtown filled with modern skyscrapers, one can’t help but to breathe in the fresh air of entrepreneurship that carries throughout the state. On Tuesday, the…



Notes From The Road: The Rise of the Rest Nebraska Tour Stop

By | Oct 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm

On Monday, we kicked off the Rise of the Rest tour in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. We met with a lot of key people, from local representatives and state government officials to investors and startup founders during our whirlwind day. While in town, I got a chance to catch…



The Rise of the Rest Tour Comes to a Close in Phoenix

By | Oct 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The Rise of the Rest tour is presented by Revolution, Google for Entrepreneurs, Salesforce for Startups, Village Capital, Economic Innovation Group, Inc., and Engine, with Tech.Co joining on as a partner. All good things must come to an end. Whether it’s your favorite movie…