Check out the freshly shared Rise of the Rest 2018 Ecosystem Playbook from Steve Case and J.D. Vance's Revolution. Rise of the Rest (RotR) "is a nationwide effort powered by Revolution to showcase founders in emerging startup ecosystems across the U.S. Since the tour launched in 2014, Steve Case has traveled more than 6,000 miles on a bus to visit 26 diverse cities and personally invested more than $4 million in local startups." The Rise of the Rest Seed Fund recently announced several major financial backers who are helping support agile innovators across the country.
Steve Case's "Rise of the Rest" (ROTR) seed fund announcement earlier this week in The New York Times article "From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups" showcased a lineup of highly-influential investors who have joined the fund. Together, they are helping to pave the runway and fuel takeoffs for startups across America's often-overlooked "Flyover" markets (between the coastal hubs that see 75% of VC funding). This news caused us to reflect on those early days and how we've gained speed and altitude from ROTR in our flight path along the way.