Hillbilly Elegy author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance wants to invest in startups far away from Silicon Valley

Mar 22, 2017 - Re/Code
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Vance is joining Steve Case’s VC firm after the two met on Twitter.

J.D. Vance isn’t just moving to Ohio to battle the brain drain — he’s also looking fund a few startups while he’s back in his home state.

The “Hillbilly Elegy” author is joining Revolution LLC, the venture-capital outfit founded by Steve Case, as a partner who will focus on the firm’s initiative to identify and back infant companies in cities far from the tech capital of Silicon Valley.

The duo — which initially met on Twitter, Vance told me on Wednesday — want to focus specifically on “neglected areas of the country.” Their initiative will highlight “the fact you do have these regions of the country where you have a lot of talent and agency, but you have a lack of capi...