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Steve Case's troubled Revolution Health talks merger with rival

Steve Case's troubled Revolution Health talks merger with rival Related Blogs Antiviral Art The Best Restaurant in New York Blackbag Defamer Disputations Documents Dodgeandburn Dog Domesticity Drugs Fine Vining Fortress America FrenchGawker Weird Internet Interviews Justice Morning After PhaseZero Politburo Rankings Gawker Review of Books Sausage Slowgawker Sony Hack One Man's Take The Cuck Themachines The Vane The West tktk True Stories Valleywag Steve Case's troubled Revolution Health talks merger with rival 1.44K Owen Thomas 09/10/08 11:20AM Filed to: Acquisitions Acquisitions Revolution Health Steve Case Flexcar Zipcar Everyday Health Webmd online advertising Healthcare Extend Health Valleywag Redi-Clinic At last, an end is in sight for Steve Case's misadventure in the healthcare industry. Revolution Health, his health-information website, is in merger talks with Everyday Health, a better-run, New York-based rival with more Web traffic. The combination would have more traffic than WebMD. Three's a trend, isn't it? If the deal goes through, this will be the third time Case has dumped a company he mismanaged on someone else's shareholders. The first, most famously, was AOL, which he offloaded on Time Warner's shareholders. The second, less well known, was Flexcar, a car-sharing startup which he ended up combining with Zipcar. Dumping Revolution Health would just be the latest face-saving exit for Case. That the rationale for the deal with Everyday Health is consolidating Web traffic speaks to Case's diminished ambitions. Instead of transforming healthcare, as he loudly said he hoped to do, Case has ended up optimizing websites for search engines. Case's holding company would retain some other health-related startups after the proposed deal, including clinic chain Redi-Clinic and insurance broker Extend Health. None show transformative promise, but unlike Revolution Health, they at least sound like sensible businesses. Terms of Service Privacy Policy