Steve Case

A Quote by Steve Case on america, entrepreneurship, and risks

I find it interesting that in America, even though most people are more optimistic and most people around the world do view America as the city on the hill and more entrepreneurial and more risk taking and less traditional, still in America most people don't take risks, and most people are pretty traditional. It's actually a relatively small number of people that really are those risk takers, and a relatively small number of people that end up really having an impact on the world, and it doesn't take a lot of people. It just takes a few people who really care and stick with it, and that I think is what America is about.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on philanthropy, altriusm, entrepreneurs, conscious business, and busines

I do think that people have an obligation to give back but that doesn't necessarily mean that you give back just the traditional way. Maybe there's new ways to give back and make a contribution. I'm looking forward to some mix of philanthropy -- maybe through a somewhat different prism -- as well as helping entrepreneurs build some significant new businesses.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on people, team, and vision

If you're doing something new you've got to have a vision. You've got to have a perspective. You've got to have some north star you're aiming for, and you just believe somehow you'll get there, which kind of gets to the passion point. You've got to be able to take a step back and not be so caught up in the day-to-day that you don't have a sense of the broader tectonic shifts, and maybe you have to make some adjustment, which is why the perspective part is important. You've got to stick with it, because these things are not overnight successes in almost all cases. I think one of the problems I think we had more recently with the Internet boom is that they tended to be overnight successes, and people didn't really have the time to be tested in a time. They're going to go through ups and downs, and so as a result I think people lost some of that perspective. But ultimately, even though all those different factors are important, I'd say people are the most important, and if you really got the right people, and you've got them working together as a team, whether it's in business, whether it's in science, whether it's in politics, you can make a big difference. If you don't have the right people, no matter how smart you are, no matter how good your idea is, you're not going to get very far.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on nonprofit, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurship

One of the things I'm most focused now on, with the Case Foundation, is the notion of social entrepreneurship. I'm an entrepreneur. I like building companies, but I also like building projects, and one of the things I learned in the last five years is it's easy to start new things, particularly in the not-for-profit world. It's harder to scale them, and so we're trying to figure out a way to work with some of the not-for-profit organizations -- around maybe ten years, or already well led, already well respected -- on how to kind of get them over that tipping point where they really become more mainstream phenomena. One statistic that was startling to me is if you look at the top 20 companies, and you look at the list 20 years ago and you look at the list today, about half of the companies change every 20 years, because 20 years ago CISCO and Microsoft and some of the other companies didn't really exist. Wal-Mart. And so in the business world there's this process of constant change and evolution and a list changes. In the not-for-profit world, if you look at the top 20 not-for-profits 20 years ago and today, 19 of them are the same. One has broken through, which is Habitat for Humanity, which is a great group that we work closely with.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on national geographic, nonprofit, sustainable, and business

Today, National Geographic has a membership side with a magazine and some television side, and they generate about a billion dollars in revenue, and they're profitable. And so at the end of the year they have some bottom line profit which they can then reinvest, because they're running it as a not-for-profit in charitable endeavors. But... The real magic in National Geographic isn't how much money they have left at the end of the year. It's the fact that through their overall focus they are reaching hundreds of millions of people and educating people about the world. It just happens to be done in a business-oriented kind of way that is more sustainable.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, conscious business, business, and entrepreneurs

You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges. Trying to instill that sense of entrepreneurship in areas other than business is one of the areas I want to focus on in the years ahead.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on liberal arts, general perspective, and education

I think the more you have a generalist perspective, I think sometimes the more you can kind of see through the forest and the trees. And when it gets a little bit cloudy, you know, have some sense of, "Well, maybe this might happen or maybe that might happen." So I really am a big believer in liberal arts education. I think it's better -- particularly in these kind of uncertain times -- to know a little bit about a lot of things as opposed to being expert in one thing.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on vision, customers, people, and computers

I think one of the things that was useful to me was not really college, but just reading books and studying how major consumer innovations took place. If you look back at the history of the telephone a century earlier, it took decades before it was common. Initially people said, "Why would I ever need a phone? If I want to talk to somebody I'll just go next door and talk to them." You couldn't imagine that people would have phones. So eventually, after many years, maybe there was a phone in the bar in town. If you had to make a call to somebody, you'd go to that one phone and enter a party line, a shared line, and so forth. Eventually, it got to the point where people did say, "You know, you do need a phone in your home!" By the time I was growing up everybody had a phone in their home. Today they have multiple phones in their homes and cell phones and computer access with instant messaging.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on talent, skill, recruiting, people, and team

You're only as strong as your team, and people typically don't spend enough time recruiting. One of my challenges was always being like a professional recruiter, always looking at people as free agents and figuring, "Okay. They may be doing this now over there, but they seem like they have the perspective and skills that could be helpful here. How do we figure out a way of bringing them into our fold?" Constantly being on the lookout for talent is a critical variable, I think, particularly in these emerging markets.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on business, community, commerce, content, context, connectivity, perseverance, perspective, people, management, and leadership

When I was trying to popularize the concept of the Internet -- ten or 15 years ago -- I came up with this concept of "the 5 Cs." Services needed to have content, context, community, commerce, and connectivity. After that, when I was trying to think of what the key management principles were to build into the culture, I started talking about the Ps. The P's were things like passion, perseverance, perspective and people. I think the people aspect is really the most important one.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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