|[April 25, 2012]
Steve Case to Give Capstone Keynote for 25th Anniversary Capital Connection
MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)--
Capital Connection'12, a nationally recognized technology industry
conference, will hear from the ultimate entrepreneur, Steve Case, who
will speak on national entrepreneurial trends, new investment
initiatives and real-time public policy that impacts businesses today.
As the plenary speaker for the 25th Anniversary Capital
Connection on May 24, Mr. Case will highlight significant milestones
along his journey as part of the closing session wrapping up a 1½ day
conference showcasing the best and brightest entrepreneurs at all stages
"Steve Case's personal journey as an innovator and Internet pioneer at
AOL; entrepreneurial champion and investor of companies such as Zipcar
and LivingSocial (News - Alert); and public policy influencer working closely with
President Obama, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, provides him
with the particularly unique vantage of providing critical insight for
anyone in the business of building a high performing company," said
Julia Spicer, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture
Association. "Whether from his early days as a previous Capital
Connection presenter to his influential role today in championing and
investing in entrepreneurial causes, it is still his self-described
moniker as entrepreneur first and foremost that makes him such a
credible voice of interest to our attendees."
Steve Case co-founded America Online (AOL (News - Alert)) in 1985, when the Internet
was in its infancy. Under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, AOL became
the world's largest and most valuable Internet company. At the peak of
the Internet boom, he negotiated what remains the largest merger in
business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner (News - Alert). He served as
Chairman of the Board of the combined company (then known as AOL Time
Warner) until 2003. Returning to his entrepreneurial roots, he has
partnered with more than a dozen entrepreneurs as an investor and
mentor. Mr. Case created Revolution (News - Alert) in 2005 to oversee his rapidly
expanding investments; most recently, closing the $450 million
Revolution Growth fund launched in December 2011 with Ted Leonsis (News - Alert) and
Donn Davis to focus on backing high-growth companies that are leveraging
Internet technologies to transform existing industries.
The success of AOL, coupled with Mr. Case's post-AOL track record of
building businesses through Revolution, led CNBC to call him "one of the
nation's greatest entrepreneurs." Mr. Case is also Chairman of the Case
Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his
wife Jean. Currently, he is a member of President Obama's Council on
Jobs and Competitiveness; Chairman of the Startup America Partnership;
co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and
Entrepreneurship; and co-chair of The Democracy Project.
Mr. Case will give the closing keynote speech the afternoon of May 24.
Following his presentation will be the final event of the Capital
Connection'12 conference, the TechBUZZ Showdown. Companies voted the
"Best of the BUZZ" on May 23, will advance to the TechBUZZ Showdown.
Companies will pitch their innovative businesses to the entire Capital
Connection audience and one TechBUZZ company will emerge as the 2012
Key features in this year's Capital Connection and TechBUZZ
Who's Hot: A who's who of "Top Tech" companies from around the
What's the BUZZ?: The high energy, fast-pitch TechBUZZ program
showcasing what's new and fresh from Seed Stage startups.
Easy Access: A new rate structure to make the conference
accessible to a broad range of entrepreneurs, angel investors,
incubators and companies across all stages of growth.
Opportunity to Tell the Company Story: An unparalleled
opportunity for early, growth and late stage firms to present business
models for investment or showcase their success.
Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation's most respected
industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration for Capital
Connection'12 with its featured innovative TechBUZZ event is now open on
the conference website located at www.capitalconnection.org.
About Capital ConnectionTM
In its 25th year, Capital Connection brings together the
broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to
help enhance business and economic growth. Opinion leaders from business
and government share their knowledge and expertise, along with leading
technology companies at all growth stages who showcase their
capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners
and entrepreneurs at the annual signature event. Launched in 2011,
TechBUZZ provides start-ups and seed-stage companies center stage in
spotlighting the "next big thing." For more information and to register,
go to www.capitalconnection.org.
TechBUZZ was first piloted in 2010 and launched in May 2011 as a
half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the
growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent
years on the investment ecosystem overall. MAVA is dedicated to
continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by
bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and
meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the
visionary innovators and company-builders in our region who are actively
developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and
services and pursuing a path toward market entry.
About the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) represents the full spectrum
of private equity and venture capital firms with investment interests in
the mid-Atlantic and beyond, entrepreneurs and their strategic partners.
MAVA provides a wide range of programs, information and forums designed
to stimulate revenue and company growth, facilitate quality deal flow,
encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs,
investors, strategic partners and customers. To learn more about MAVA
and the extensive services the association provides, go to www.mava.org.
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