Former AOL Head Steve Case Named to President Obama-Endorsed Economy Group
The Startup America Partnership, which he will chair, is tasked with stimulating economic growth and creating jobs.
NEW YORK - Former AOL chairman Steve Case has been named chair of the Startup America Partnership, which is part of President Obama’s strategy to stimulate economic growth and the creation of quality jobs.
Case's new role comes after late last year saw the re-emergence of other former AOL-Time Warner top executives - in their cases to entertainment industry roles.
Former MTV and AOL TW top executive Bob Pittman made a personal equity investment in radio giant Clear Channel Communications and agreed to serve as its chairman of media and entertainment platforms, working on growing its
radio business. Meanwhile, former TW and AOL-TW CEO Gerald Levin joined Oasis TV as a senior adviser and agreed to become its chairman.
Chaired by Case, the former AOL head and CEO of Revolution LLC and chairman of the Case Foundation, the Partnership will receive launch funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation and act as an independent private-sector alliance designed to boost the development and success of innovative, high-growth U.S. companies.
It will work closely with the White House and bring together top entrepreneurs, start-up funders, CEOs, university presidents, foundations, and other leaders.
“America's story has been forged in large part by entrepreneurs who have against great odds created innovative products and services that have changed the world - and created millions of jobs," said Case. "Our nation once again looks to these creative risk-takers to unleash the next wave of American innovation, and I am pleased that President Obama has made
supporting and celebrating entrepreneurs a major priority of his economic strategy."