You’re probably asking, in the age of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook, why would we start a blog now? It’s true that most of us at Revolution are avid users of social media and enjoy using those tools to share information and thoughts on issues that are important to us – both personally and professionally. But we decided to complement those existing efforts by creating a space on Revolution.com where you can hear our take (mine, as well as my partners Ted Leonsis, Donn Davis, Tige Savage, Ron Klain) as entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and mentors. So welcome to Revolution’s new blog.
What can you expect to hear from us now that we’re blogging? We’ll share our thoughts about promising companies and trends. For example, after spending 25 years working hard to get everybody to embrace the Internet (when we started AOL in 1985, less than 3% of people were online, and they were connected less than an hour a week!), we plan to spend the next 25 years helping to usher in the “second Internet revolution,” leveraging the ubiquity and mobility of the Internet to transform even more aspects of people’s lives – and also disrupt big, important industries like education and health care.
We’ll also explore our focus on building companies that are built-to-last. Whether we’re making later stage investments through the Revolution Growth fund or early stage through Revolution Ventures, we seek out opportunities to roll up our sleeves and work with entrepreneurs with a long-term focus on creating significant change-the-world companies.
In addition, we’ll spotlight great entrepreneurs – we believe that passionate founders are the driving force behind transformative change. For example, Ted Leonsis recently blogged about some of the key traits he looks for in founders, and this weekend I had the opportunity to share the stage at SXSW with Tim O’Shaughnessey, a passionate CEO/founder we’ve worked with for years – indeed, long before he co-founded LivingSocial.
Most importantly, we want to start a dialogue on issues that are important to you as entrepreneurs and business-builders – from management philosophies to significant technology trends to the importance of great boards to the role the government needs to play to ensure America remains the world’s most entrepreneurial nation.
Stay tuned for more from us in the coming days and weeks, we look forward to getting the conversation started!