AOL founder Steve Case's investment firm Revolution has logged 6,000 miles to visit 26 cities in "fly-over" country between the booming coastal states. These cities—like Omaha, Minneapolis, Des Moines and Detroit— also happen to be home to a lot of Trump voters who feel left behind by today's economy.
Last week, Case announced he hired Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance to focus on seed investments in midwestern startups for Revolution. This week, Case is bringing entrepreneurs from underserved regions to a Washington summit to make the case for more investment there and also to show policymakers the job-creating potential in these untapped markets. Here are excerpts from our chat.
What's been your biggest takeaway from the "Rise of the Rest" bus tour?
How long will it take to redirect the money to these underserved areas?
What is your message to the Trump administration?
What is your advice to tech industry when it comes to working with Trump?
What are the skills of the future?
What should Silicon Valley companies be doing to move into some of these untapped markets?