Steve Case wants to revolution-ize entrepreneurship in middle America

To reimagine agriculture, go where the farmers are. According to AOL founder Steve Case, many of the answers to how we eat, get around, consume energy and water and stay healthy will be found in the middle of the country. Case’s investment firm, Revolution LLC, has invested $840 million between the coasts and far from Silicon Valley. “Nearly

How the Northwest Area Foundation creates good rural jobs

Northwest Area Foundation has insight on how to create good rural jobs. The St. Paul, Minnesota philanthropy has invested in 20 companies that have created 1,700 well-paid jobs, with above average benefits, in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington. According to a new report from Pacific Community Ventures, about half of

The Holberton School raises $2.3 million to train techies

The Holberton School raised $2.3 million to train more techies. The two-year old San Francisco school helps meet demand for software engineers and programmers by training adult student for careers in tech. Holberton raised new funds from Paris venture capital firm Daphni, Reach Capital and Jerry Murdock, co-founder of Insight Venture Partners. At Holberton tuition is free

Will the next 20 years be defined by ‘islands,’ ‘orbits’ or ‘communities’?

Looking back from about 2030, the National Intelligence Council sketched our collective choices in its unclassified global trends report earlier this year. The report’s three scenerios lead to widely disparate outcomes. Will the next 20 years be defined by ‘islands,’ ‘orbits’ or ‘communities’? Islands. An economist looking back from 2028, two decades after the 2008

Blockchain startup raises $2.5 million to trace food supply

Arc-net, based in Northern Ireland, is using the technology behind bitcoin to tackle food fraud — part of what could become a $14 billion tech market by 2019. Arc-net’s founders say their approach was inspired by the UK’s 2013 “horsemeat scandal.” Arc-net uses DNA sampling to verify food sources (other ventures do the same), then uses blockchain to

Internet of Things is making cities smarter

First, apps tackled the inconveniences of city living: On-demand rides, rooms and meals, then laundry, cleaning services, and even power tools. Now, sensors are helping residents and city planners make cities more efficient and less stressful. CB Insights’ compendium includes urban Internet of Things startups doing everything from tracking traffic congestion to developing disaster plans. M