We invest catalytic capital in the most promising seed stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. The ROTR Seed Fund is backed by a group of iconic entrepreneurs, executives and investors.


We work closely with trusted members of our network to source and vet the best seed stage opportunities in cities across the country. We visit multiple cities a year through our Rise of the Rest® tours, and gather key stakeholders from past tour cities at least once a year during the Rise of the Rest® Summit.

We make a minimum of 20 investments a year.


We recognize that some of the most compelling investment opportunities in the next decade will likely emerge from startups in cities all across the United States.

These companies will disrupt major industries like food, healthcare, transportation, and agriculture – industries that have long established ties to regions between the coasts.

The Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund invests in passionate entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise in these industries to change the way we live and work.



Jim Barksdale


Jeff Bezos


Sara Blakely


Jim Breyer


Tory Burch


Steve Case


Ray Dalio


John Doerr


Scott Dorsey


Craig Duchossois


Dan Gilbert


Sheila Johnson


Brad Keywell


Members of the Koch Family


Henry Kravis


Mel Lagomasino


Eric Lefkofsky


Ted Leonsis


William M. Lewis, Jr.


Joe Mansueto


Michael Milken


Adebayo Ogunlesi


Sean Parker


Charles Phillips


William Powers


Members of the Pritzker Family


David Rubenstein


Howard Schultz


Eric Schmidt


Byron Trott


John Underwood


J.D. Vance


Jeff Vinik


Romesh Wadhwani


Members of the Walton Family


Meg Whitman


Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® tour with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Our view is that this is the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S. — high-growth companies can now start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities.

On each bus tour, we visit five cities in five days and invest at least $500,000 in local startups through pitch competitions. Throughout the day we also visit the fastest growing local startups, hear directly from innovators, spend time learning from local policy and business leaders.

Click here to learn more and find out where we’re headed next.



how we




Steve Case leads the Rise of the Rest® Seed Fund, alongside Managing Partner J.D. Vance, and Partners David Hall, Anna Mason, and Mary Grove. We work collaboratively on each portfolio investment, bringing our unique skills, complementary talents, and personal commitment to partnering with entrepreneurs in all major aspects of business-building.

The investment team’s background, coupled with the strength and depth of our network platform, uniquely positions us to assist portfolio companies with their market positioning, access to potential partners, and efforts to understand policies that can impact their business or industry.