Steve Case is the founder, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of America Online. He currently acts as chairman and CEO of Revolution, a holding company that helps build companies.
In 1991, Case founded America Online through a reorganization of Quantum Computer Services, merging its two ISP services, AppleLink and PC-Link, under a single umbrella. Better known as AOL, the company became synonymous with the Internet. With its online software suite, named after the company, it acquired one million users in 1994 and at its peak, maintained more than 30 million users worldwide. The accelerated growth of the company led to the billion-dollar merger with Time Warner in 2000. On Dec.9, 2009, AOL officially split from Time Warner.
Case's entrepreneurial spirit continues with his new venture Revolution, launched in April 2005. Its mission "is to partner with entrepreneurs in building businesses that give people more choice, control and convenience in important areas of their life," as stated on the company's Web site, revolution.com. Some of its companies include Zipcar, Exclusive Resorts and Revolution Money, which American Express announced would purchase for $300 million in November 2009.
Case also believes strongly in philanthropy. Founding the Case Foundation with his wife Jean in 1997, the organization describes its purpose on its Web site as promoting everyday philanthropy, deepening civic engagement, and broadening the use of new technologies to make giving more informed, efficient, and affective. Some of its initiatives have included Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and America's Giving Challenge.
Case earned a political science degree from Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, in 1980. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2009.
Related Links: http://www.revolution.com/
Last Updated: Tue, Mar 23, 2010
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