Steve Case

Steve Case tours Cincinnati in June 2014 as part of his "Rise of the Rest" tour. 

Steve Case co-founded and ran AOL, which was a 1990s pioneer in the internet and email services that enshrined “You’ve got mail!” into the nation’s vocabulary.

Since he retired in 2003 as chairman of what had become AOL Time Warner, Case has invested in early and growth-stage startups through Revolution, his Washington D.C.-based venture capital firm.

The 58-year-old Case has also been an advocate for expanding entrepreneurship and has worked in a variety of official roles including as founding chair of President Barack Obama's Startup America Partnership.

In his 2016 book, “The Third Wave,” Case argues that health care, education and food production, processing and transportation will be the focus of innovation in the near future.

Case launched the Rise of the Rest campaign in 2014 as a way to highlight and fund innovative startups outside Silicon Valley and other major hubs.

Case recently hired J.D. Vance, the author of the best-selling memoir "Hillbilly Elegy," to be a partner in his firm. Vance, whose memoir is a candid account of growing up in Kentucky, accompanies Case on some Rise of the Rest bus tours.