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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台四月-Steve Case Sets Sights on Health Care Ind

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At 46, Steve Case has built a career full of superlatives. He founded American Online and turned it into the country's most successful internet service provider, but Case also guided one of the messiest corporate1 mergers3 in recent history when AOL joined forces with Time Warner in 2000.That so-called "deal of the century" turned into a financial disaster. By 2003, Case gave up his position as chairman of AOL and walked away from the company. Since then, many wondered what his next move might be. Case is answering that question this week unveiling a new company called Revolution. Case says it's a private holding company that will invest in businesses that focus on wellness, leisure and health care. Case says the health care system is overdue4 for what he calls disruptive change.

Well, as you know, the health care system is huge. Everybody's sort of mad at it. Consumers really feel like they're not at the center of it, they feel kind of at the periphery5 of it, they feel like everybody other than them makes the most important decisions in their lives just about their health of themselves and their family members; so, our idea is to put consumers back at the center of the health care system and build businesses around consumers that do give their more choice in control and convenience. For example, if you wake up and you think your kid might have a strep throat right now, there's, the options are either to rush to the emergency room or to call and hopefully get an appointment at a, you know family doctor and then sometime sit around in the waiting room for a few hours. That's not very convenient. We think there're other ways to create uh...more convenient settings, some of the companies that were interested in doing this in Target stores and other places where you can walk in without an appointment and 15, 20 minutes later, you know, walk out knowing what's the deal or whether you need a prescription6. It's just a much more convenient affordable7 way for people to access health care or ways to give them more control of their spending. A lot of people use programs like Quicken to track their family finances. Why isn't there an equivalent of Quicken for their families' health care, so there's just a lot of opportunities that we see in the health care system. I'm really trying to revolutionize it by putting consumers back at the center.

You know, many people have tried to change America's health care system. Some of them have tried wholesale8 change;/ others have tried to tinker around the edge of it. But few people work away and can claim success. How would this be different?

Oh, I understand that and I realize the challenge here is not without risk but I think the opportunity is great, so I recognize it's a difficult problem. I recognize, there is a lot of, you know, large entrenched9 companies with their own, you know, interest that they'll try to protect but hopefully Revolution will be able to align10 the interest of consumers, and really get a passionate11 group of entrepreneurs, really do wanna change the world and build big businesses in the process and that's what we’re gonna try to do with Revolution health.

You're interested in wellness and healthy living . Is this a businessman’s savvy12 as you look at the nation filled with baby-boomers who're now marching in their twilight13 years or is this driven by personal experience?

It's both,.I do believe that this is a big business opportunity. Obviously, health care is the largest industry in our country. It's one out of 6 dollars of the GNP .It soon will be one out of 5 dollars, so it's a huge industry and if you do things in a better way, you can build huge businesses. That certainly is part of it. But it is partly based on my personal experiences, just being a parent and dealing14 with issues like kids being sick, and my brother recently was diagnosed with brain cancer, and then died from brain cancer. And so looking at that process kind of gave me more of, you know, almost an insider’s look at the health care system through the prison of him and his suffering. And some of the inconvenience he / experienced is dealing with ur...his everyday challenges. And so, but I think this is something that resonates with people, almost everybody has some story to tell about somebody in their family dealing with some problem related to health care system.

You, you’ve been called the architect of some say “one of the worst mergers in America”, some say"one of the rockiest mergers”, so whatever they say, the words aren't always kind. Do you feel like you have to prove yourself in some way? Do you feel the weight of history on you shoulder as you go forward?

Well, not really. I, I certainly ..uh…I’m sorry things didn't come out better, for the employees and investors15. And there's some frustration16 about that. At the same time I look back on the development of AOL .I am proud of what we and our team built!And even a couple of months after I stepped down in uh..19…2003, the Wall Street journal did a article and rated the best performing stocks of the previous ten years, and AOL was No. 1, more so than Microsoft or Cisco or any other company. So for that 10-year period, we really built something extraordinary and that was even after the merger2, and after the decline of the stock from the merger. So I think there’s a lot to be proud of and there’re also a lot of lessons to learn, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some of these lessons to bear as we build Revolution. And a lot of that really is about staying focused on the consumers.

Help me understand exactly what Revolution is.

It’s really a holding company that will have a branded approach to building businesses, So, while some businesses we have will retain their……existing names,in most cases over time we will try to build up the Revolution brand name much as Richard Branson has built the Virgin17 brand name. But we don't wanna start businesses from scratch. Our preference is to partner with the existing entrepreneurs, and typically buy a control of their companies, so they maintain some interest/ but we have a controlling interest/, which then enables us to take a really long-term view, think about 10,20 year out, not just near this quarter or next quarter, and really try to build us a very successful business. It can have a constructive18 impact on things like uh…health care. So it really is an approach to building businesses. It is a little bit of a blend between what Branson did with Virgin, what the Warren Buffet19 has done with Berkshire Hathaway buying businesses and then trying to run them for the long term, not really intending to sell them as some of the buy-out firms do now. They’re buying businesses with the intent…when they buy them to sell them a few years later. When we buy a business , our intent is to keep it for many many years, maybe forever. And we’re just trying to bring that hybrid20 approach of Virgin and Berkshire Hathaway, to bear on some emerging opportunities particularly in things like health care.

Interesting that you mentioned Branson and Virgin, because he is so much a part of that. His personality is sort of embodies21 of the company. He jumps out of planes and you see him in his commercials. You’ve always been known as someone who’s a bit quieter, who prefers to step off the stage and work quietlier. Are we gonna see a sort of much more gregarious22 Steve Case than we’ve seen in the past?

Probably not! And Richard is a friend. I rather respect for him, but I don’t think you’ll see me jumping out of planes anytime soon. And he is braver than I am, and is just more of a showman than I am. I wouldn’t expect Steve Case to suddenly become a , you know, Richard Branson.

Steve Case, thank you so much!
Thank you!
Steve Case. his new business venture, is called Revolution. Steve Case. H’s new business venture, is called Revolution.


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1 corporate 7olzl     
adj.共同的,全体的;公司的,企业的
参考例句:
  • This is our corporate responsibility.这是我们共同的责任。
  • His corporate's life will be as short as a rabbit's tail.他的公司的寿命是兔子尾巴长不了。
2 merger vCJxG     
n.企业合并,并吞
参考例句:
  • Acceptance of the offer is the first step to a merger.对这项提议的赞同是合并的第一步。
  • Shareholders will be voting on the merger of the companies.股东们将投票表决公司合并问题。
3 mergers b4ab62fffa9919cbf1e93fcad6d3150c     
n.(两个公司的)合并( merger的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Mergers fall into three categories: horizontal, vertical, and conglomerate. 合并分为以下三种:横向合并,纵向合并和混合合并。 来自辞典例句
  • Many recent mergers are concentrated within specific industries, particularly in retailing, airlines and communications. 现代许多合并企业集中进行某些特定业务,在零售业、民航和通讯业中更是如此。 来自英汉非文学 - 政府文件
4 overdue MJYxY     
adj.过期的,到期未付的;早该有的,迟到的
参考例句:
  • The plane is overdue and has been delayed by the bad weather.飞机晚点了,被坏天气耽搁了。
  • The landlady is angry because the rent is overdue.女房东生气了,因为房租过期未付。
5 periphery JuSym     
n.(圆体的)外面;周围
参考例句:
  • Geographically, the UK is on the periphery of Europe.从地理位置上讲,英国处于欧洲边缘。
  • The periphery of the retina is very sensitive to motion.视网膜的外围对运动非常敏感。
6 prescription u1vzA     
n.处方,开药;指示,规定
参考例句:
  • The physician made a prescription against sea- sickness for him.医生给他开了个治晕船的药方。
  • The drug is available on prescription only.这种药只能凭处方购买。
7 affordable kz6zfq     
adj.支付得起的,不太昂贵的
参考例句:
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中没有几所公寓是便宜的。
8 wholesale Ig9wL     
n.批发;adv.以批发方式;vt.批发,成批出售
参考例句:
  • The retail dealer buys at wholesale and sells at retail.零售商批发购进货物,以零售价卖出。
  • Such shoes usually wholesale for much less.这种鞋批发出售通常要便宜得多。
9 entrenched MtGzk8     
adj.确立的,不容易改的(风俗习惯)
参考例句:
  • Television seems to be firmly entrenched as the number one medium for national advertising.电视看来要在全国广告媒介中牢固地占据头等位置。
  • If the enemy dares to attack us in these entrenched positions,we will make short work of them.如果敌人胆敢进攻我们固守的阵地,我们就消灭他们。
10 align fKeyZ     
vt.使成一线,结盟,调节;vi.成一线,结盟
参考例句:
  • Align the ruler and the middle of the paper.使尺子与纸张的中部成一条直线。
  • There are signs that the prime minister is aligning himself with the liberals.有迹象表明首相正在与自由党人结盟。
11 passionate rLDxd     
adj.热情的,热烈的,激昂的,易动情的,易怒的,性情暴躁的
参考例句:
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.据说他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他对那个项目非常热心。
12 savvy 3CkzV     
v.知道,了解;n.理解能力,机智,悟性;adj.有见识的,懂实际知识的,通情达理的
参考例句:
  • She was a pretty savvy woman.她是个见过世面的漂亮女人。
  • Where's your savvy?你的常识到哪里去了?
13 twilight gKizf     
n.暮光,黄昏;暮年,晚期,衰落时期
参考例句:
  • Twilight merged into darkness.夕阳的光辉融于黑暗中。
  • Twilight was sweet with the smell of lilac and freshly turned earth.薄暮充满紫丁香和新翻耕的泥土的香味。
14 dealing NvjzWP     
n.经商方法,待人态度
参考例句:
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
15 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
16 frustration 4hTxj     
n.挫折,失败,失效,落空
参考例句:
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
17 virgin phPwj     
n.处女,未婚女子;adj.未经使用的;未经开发的
参考例句:
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
18 constructive AZDyr     
adj.建设的,建设性的
参考例句:
  • We welcome constructive criticism.我们乐意接受有建设性的批评。
  • He is beginning to deal with his anger in a constructive way.他开始用建设性的方法处理自己的怒气。
19 buffet 8sXzg     
n.自助餐;饮食柜台;餐台
参考例句:
  • Are you having a sit-down meal or a buffet at the wedding?你想在婚礼中摆桌宴还是搞自助餐?
  • Could you tell me what specialties you have for the buffet?你能告诉我你们的自助餐有什么特色菜吗?
20 hybrid pcBzu     
n.(动,植)杂种,混合物
参考例句:
  • That is a hybrid perpetual rose.那是一株杂交的四季开花的蔷薇。
  • The hybrid was tall,handsome,and intelligent.那混血儿高大、英俊、又聪明。
21 embodies 6b48da551d6920b8da8eb01ebc400297     
v.表现( embody的第三人称单数 );象征;包括;包含
参考例句:
  • The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This document embodies the concern of the government for the deformity. 这个文件体现了政府对残疾人的关怀。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
22 gregarious DfuxO     
adj.群居的,喜好群居的
参考例句:
  • These animals are highly gregarious.这些动物非常喜欢群居。
  • They are gregarious birds and feed in flocks.它们是群居鸟类,会集群觅食。
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