In 2019, he says, 75% of those dollars went to three states --
"That's what we're trying to reverse."
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Case is going to try to help with the Rise of the Rest Road Trip in April, when he'll visit
The Rise of the
"Our basic focus is backing the next generation of entrepreneurs," Case says.
In 2014, Revolution started the fund, which today has
"Iconic entrepreneurs," as Case calls them, such as
"The overall goal is to level the playing field so everybody everywhere really feels like they have a shot at the American dream," Case says.
This is the second Rise of the Rest Road Trip.
He said he was in
Case says he also visited
He says he got a sense that some things were starting to happen here.
"It just struck us as the perfect kind of city to visit."
Case will visit
Case says there are sometimes as many as 100 applicants, and the top eight are selected to make pitches in person.
At least one -- though it could be more -- is chosen for a minimum of a
"We want venture capital-like returns," Case says.
For anyone doing a start-up, Case says people should think of problems to solve or opportunities to seize.
"Something you believe you have a particular insight into and passion about."
Also, he says, anyone doing a start-up should build a team.
"Entrepreneurship is a team sport."
Case's own entrepreneurial roots trace back to
"Actually, the first time I ever got online was when I was in
So he's in a unique position to judge whether
"It's a little bit like asking a parent which child they prefer."
During his brief trip to
He visited the
"So I'm looking forward to returning."
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