In October 2023, 43North had the distinct honor of hosting a visionary in the tech and entrepreneurial world – Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a D.C. based investment firm, author of “The Rise of the Rest,” and former co-founder of AOL. Steve’s return to Buffalo, a city he explored in 2015 while working on his book, “The Rise of the Rest,” marked a momentous occasion. Joined by 43North President Colleen Heidinger, the conversation delved into Buffalo’s journey to becoming a thriving tech hub.
Steve Case’s Insights
Steve Case’s influence on the tech landscape is profound, given his pivotal role in co-founding AOL and his current leadership at Revolution LLC and Rise of the Rest. His insights during the conversation shed light on Buffalo’s regional collaboration approach, emphasizing the interconnectedness of cities like Rochester and Syracuse in the broader tech ecosystem.
Reflecting on Buffalo’s submission for the tech hub competition, Steve Case commended the regional play, recognizing the collaboration among the three cities. His observations underscore the importance of collective efforts in shaping a thriving tech hub beyond geographical boundaries.
The conversation highlighted the significance of regional collaboration as a driving force behind Buffalo’s tech evolution. Steve Case’s wisdom underscores the potential inherent in cities working together, transcending individual borders. His return to Buffalo serves as a testament to the enduring lessons learned during his exploration in 2015.
Shaping a Brighter Future
As we navigate innovation beyond the coasts, the dialogue between Steve Case and Colleen Heidinger provides a roadmap for cities like Buffalo to shape a brighter future. Insights from the co-founder of AOL offer valuable lessons for emerging tech hubs, emphasizing the power of collaboration, strategic planning, and visionary leadership.
Tune In for More
Explore the full conversation on 43North’s Latitude Podcast to glean deeper insights into Steve Case’s perspectives on innovation, regional collaboration, and the role of emerging tech hubs. Join us on this journey as we uncover the keys to thriving in the ever-evolving landscape of innovation.
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