Clearwater’s Sara Blakely among investors in $150M fund for startups


Steve Case’s campaign to promote entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley is getting the backing of some big-name investors, including Clearwater native/Spanx entrepreneur Sara Blakely.

Blakely, who built an empire selling Spanx shapewear, hosiery and bras, is among three dozen business leaders investing in Case’s “Rise of the Rest” Seed Fund, Forbes reported Tuesday. Other investors in the $150 million fund include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Starbucks’ chairman Howard Schultz.