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Steve Case (born August 21, 1958) is a businessman best known as the co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online (AOL). He reached his highest profile when he played an instrumental role in AOL's merger with Time Warner in 2000. August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A chief executive officer (CEO), or chief executive, is the highest-ranking corporate officer or executive officer of a corporation, or agency. ... A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Time Warner Inc. ...

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Case grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, showing an early entrepreneurial bent. He graduated from the prestigious Punahou School (Class of 1976) and was a pillar of Central Union Church. His first significant innovations were with Froggies Used Books and Records in Waikiki, where he developed and applied innovative marketing techniques to greatly grow the company sales. He graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1980 with a degree in political science, and began working as a marketer at Procter & Gamble soon after. In 1983 he became a marketing consultant at Control Video, a small company that distributed games for the Atari 2600 game console using a phone line and modem. Nickname: The Gathering Place Location within the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii Coordinates: Country United States State Hawaii County City and County of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann Area    - City 105 mi² / 272. ... Name Punahou School Address 1601 Punahou Street Town Honolulu, HawaiÊ»i 96822 Established 1841 Community Urban Type Private Primary and Secondary Religion Christian (non-denominational) Students Coeducational Grades K–12 Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges District None Subdistrict None Nickname Puns or Buff n Blue Mascot Buff and... Williams College is a private, coeducational, highly selective (18% admission rate in 2006) liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ... Williamstown is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Political science is the field of the social sciences concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a popular video game console. ... A modem (from modulate and demodulate) is a device that modulates an analogue carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ...


In 1983 Control Video nearly went bankrupt, and investor Frank Caufield had a friend of his, Jim Kimsey, brought in as a manufacturing consultant. Kimsey hired Case as a part-time consultant, and he later joined the company as a full-time marketing employee. In 1985 Kimsey became CEO of the newly renamed Quantum Computer Services and promoted Case to vice president of marketing, and in 1987 promoted him again to executive vice president. Kimsey groomed Case to become chairman and CEO when Kimsey retired, and the transition formally took place in 1991 (CEO) and 1995 (chairman). Jim Kimsey (James V. Kimsey) was the co-founder, CEO, and first chairman of internet service provider America Online (AOL). ... ...


As part of the changes that gave birth to Quantum, Case changed the company's strategy, creating an online service called Quantum Link (Q-Link for short) for the Commodore 64 in 1985 with programmer (and AOL co-founder) Marc Seriff. In 1988, Quantum began offering the AppleLink online service for Apple and PC-Link for IBM compatible computers. In 1991 he changed the company name to America Online and merged the Apple and PC services under the AOL name; the new service reached 1 million subscribers by 1994, and Q-Link was terminated October 31 of that year. Quantum Link main menu Quantum Link (or Q-Link) was a U.S. online service for Commodore 64 and 128 personal computers that operated from November 5, 1985 to November 1, 1994. ... The Commodore 64 is the best selling single personal computer model of all time. ... Marc Seriff (born 5 May 1948 in Austin, Texas) is a programmer who, along with Steve Case, Jim Kimsey and others, was a co-founder of America Online. ... AppleLink was the name of both Apple Computers online service for its users, and the client software used to access it. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... One of the first PCs from IBM - the IBM PC model 5150. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Among many initiatives in the early years of AOL, Case personally championed many innovative online interactive titles and games, including graphical chat environments Habitat (1986) and Club Caribe (1989), the first online interactive fiction series QuantumLink Serial by Tracy Reed (1988), Quantum Space, the first fully automated Play by email game (1989), and the original Dungeons & Dragons title Neverwinter Nights, the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) to depict the adventure with graphics instead of text (1991). Habitat was an early and technologically influentual online role-playing game developed by Lucasfilm Games and made available as a beta test in 1987 by Quantum Link, an online service for the Commodore 64 computer and the corporate progenitor to America Online. ... Club Caribe was one of the first graphical online worlds. ... The QuantumLink Serial by Tracy Reed on AOL (1988-89) was the first episodic online story. ... Tracy Reed is an American writer who created the first episodic online story, the QuantumLink Serial on AOL (then called Quantum Computer Services). ... Quantum Space was the first play-by-email game offered as part of a major commercial online service. ... Play by mail games are games, of any type, played through postal mail or e-mail. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Neverwinter Nights is the first graphical Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), which ran from 1991 to 1997 on AOL. It is the predecessor to BioWares 2002 game, Neverwinter Nights. ... Players interacting in Ultima Online. ...


After a decade of hyper-growth, AOL merged with media giant Time Warner. The $106 billion merger was completed in January 2001 but quickly ran into trouble as part of the dot-com recession, compounded by accounting scandals. Case announced his resignation as chairman in January 2003, although remained on the company's board of directors for almost three more years. Time Warner Inc. ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer of the company charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ...


Case resigned from the Time-Warner board of directors in October 2005, to spend more time working on Revolution LLC, a holding company he founded in April 2005. He remains (as of December 2005) one of Time-Warner's largest individual shareholders. He is also chairman of the Case Foundation, which he and his wife Jean Case created in 1997. Founded in 1997 by AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife Jean, the Case Foundation invests in a number of initiatives intended to address entrenched social problems. ... Jean Case is the CEO of the Case Foundation, which she and her husband, AOL co-founder Steve Case, created in 1997. ...


Investments

Revolution holds majority stakes in several healthcare and resort firms, and in August 2005 purchased a controlling interest in Flexcar. Flexcar is a for-profit car sharing company, the oldest and second-largest (behind Boston-based Zipcar) in the United States. ...


Case owns nearly half of Hawaii-based Maui Land and Pineapple Co.. He also controls tens of thousands of acres of land in Hawaii. [1]


Case is the cousin of Hawaii congressman Ed Case. [2] His late brother Daniel Case was an investment banker noted for both his great skill and high ethics. His father was the founding partner of one of Hawaii's pre-eminent law firms. These are tables of congressional delegations from Hawaii to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. ... Ed Case Edward Espenett Ed Case (born September 27, 1952) is a politician from Hawaii in the United States. ...


Trivia

  • An illustration in the artwork for the 2001 album Amnesiac by the band Radiohead seems to depict the famous embrace between Case and Time Warner's Jerry Levin. The men's hug upon the announcement of the merger of their two companies, particularly Case's appearance smothered behind Levin, and his ecstatic facial espression, has been seen as an iconic image of millennial corporate hubris. It has taken on a more ironic light since the 2001 dot-com bust and loss in AOL's value that followed.[3]
  • An original photo of the event forms the cover for Nina Munk's 2005 book Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner.
  • As an undergraduate at Williams College, Case began a bus service to transport students between campus and several nearby cities (including Albany, Boston, and New York) during academic breaks. The service, now known as Williams Transport, now managed by Chris Upjohn and Andy Jang, is still running today.

Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by English band Radiohead, released on June 4, 2001 in the United Kingdom and on June 5 in the United States and Canada, debuting at #1 on the UK charts and #2 on the Billboard Top 200. ... Radiohead are an English rock band from Oxfordshire. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Gerald M. Levin (b. ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ...

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