You might remember Steve Case. He was CEO of America Online and became a billionaire by selling subscription Internet access.
Case, 55, has come out of semiretirement to create Revolution, a
Washington, D.C., venture capital fund that he says will become the
largest startup investor east of the Mississippi River.
Case is no buzzword-dropping futurist. He’s practical, with a sharp eye
for Main Street’s needs and, he says, “big ideas that are still small
companies.” So it’s significant that his fund has bet most heavily so
far on e-commerce startups. Its largest investment, $40 million, went to
BigCommerce, a company that brings “Amazon-like capabilities” to any
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