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Steve Case Talks About Innovation and His Big Bets
CNBC.com | March 08, 2012 | 06:40 PM EST

Steve Case celebrated the passing of the Jobs Bill by the House today by speaking to some of the companies he says will benefit from the legislation — 190 startups at the Montgomery Tech Conference.

I caught up with him at the conference, where he met with a couple of startups in which he's potentially interested in investing, though he wouldn't tell me which ones.

Case is a big proponent of helping startups and innovation in order to drive economic growth: he's a member of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, chairman of Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council of Innovation.

He tells me he's bullish that the Jobs Bill will help companies go public sooner, without the current prohibitive cost and hassle. He cited the stat that 90 percent of hiring at venture-backed companies happens after they go public, which means the sooner they go public, the more hiring they can do.

He's also interested in making it easier for small, private businesses to raise money through crowd-funding. The idea is to open the use of sites like IndieGoGo or Kickstarter, which are used to fund projects, to fund companies. He says they'll "unleash more capital and help more companies get started and scale."

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