Article is a past event
Lecture and Book Signing with Steve Case
Friday, April 29, 2016

Text Size

Please join us for a lecture and book signing with AOL co-founder Steve Case for his new book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. This event is free to attend, however books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.

One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs — a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business — shares a road map for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology. Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985, which became the top performing company of the 1990s. After Case engineered AOL’s merger with Time Warner and he became Chairman of the combined business, Case oversaw the biggest media and communications empire in the world.

In The Third Wave, which pays homage to the work of the futurist Alvin Toffler (from whom Case has borrowed the title, and whose work inspired him as a young man), Case takes us behind the scenes of some of the most consequential and riveting business decisions of our time while offering illuminating insights from decades of working as an entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist, and an advocate for sensible bipartisan policies.

We are entering, as Case explains, a new paradigm called the “Third Wave” of the Internet. The first wave saw AOL and other companies lay the foundation for consumers to connect to the Internet. The second wave saw companies like Google and Facebook build on top of the Internet to create search and social networking capabilities, while apps like Snapchat and Instagram leverage the smartphone revolution. Now, Case argues, we’re entering the Third Wave: a period in which entrepreneurs will vastly transform major “real world” sectors like health, education, transportation, energy, and food—and in the process change the way we live our daily lives. But success in the Third Wave will require a different skill set, and Case outlines the path forward. The

Third Wave is part memoir, part manifesto, and part playbook for the future.