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Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest road tour visits Local Motors

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Rise of the Rest, a nationwide effort led by AOL founder Steve Case to support emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, wrapped up a jam-packed tour of five cities in five days by visiting seven Phoenix-area startups, speedups and larger companies on Friday, Oct. 7.

Rise of the Rest celebrates American entrepreneurship beyond traditional startup cities like Boston or San Francisco, as Phoenix regularly finds itself listed as one of the fastest-growing startup hubs in the U.S., it’s no wonder this tour had to make a visit. The group travels from city to city, learning about and supporting the most inventive, cutting-edge companies across the U.S.

The Rise of the Rest group includes investors from all over the country, and for the Phoenix tours, local leaders came along for the ride as well. One of the stops for this entrepreneurial revolution was the Local Motors facility in Tempe, Ariz., and we couldn’t wait to show this group what we’re made of.

The Rise of the Rest crew began their visit with a tour and brief history of Local Motors given by Co-Founder and CEO Jay Rogers. Attendees watched as Strati fenders were live-printed on LM’s large-scale 3D printer and learned how vehicles can go from a co-creation challenge to market in a matter of months.

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Jay Rogers shared the co-creation process used at Local Motors.

Rise of the Rest members also received 3D-printed souvenirs from LM, including 3D-printed longboards and mini Ollies, but the crew was most wide-eyed when they learned it was time to take a spin in a Local Motors 3D-printed Strati.

The team took turns going for rides in Fly Mode, a Strati born of the Essence of Autonomy challenge with Mouser Electronics. This opportunity allowed visitors the chance to experience first-hand what the future of 3D-printed, self-driving cars might look like.

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Steve Case and Jay Rogers go for a ride in a 3D-printed Strati.

“It sends a powerful message when a group like Rise of the Rest recognizes the amazing entrepreneurial potential of local communities like Phoenix,” said Local Motors Co-founder and CEO Jay Rogers. “At Local Motors, we rely on a democratized, distributed system of design and manufacturing. Rise of the Rest embodies that same spirit for startups all over the country. I’m honored they joined us today at Local Motors and thrilled with their support for the Phoenix community.”

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Sitting aboard an almost-completed Strati, Jay Rogers discusses the future of vehicle manufacturing.

Main photo credit: Hayley Ringle, Phoenix Business Journal tech/startup reporter. 

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