"More recently, Case has put some $4 million of his own money, via checks of $50,000 or $100,000 at a time, into hand-picked startups located outside the country’s technology hubs, hoping that they'll be able to stay and grow on their home turf. Some start quite small. Amy Johnson is co-founder of LifeLoop, an Omaha-based company working on a digital dashboard connecting residents of senior-living centers to their loved ones. In October, LifeLoop was the winner of a pitch competition held by Case. The money allowed LifeLoop, she says, to add another lead programmer and scale its sales operation; it now has a team of nine. Leaving eastern Nebraska “never even crossed my mind,” says Johnson."