Yancey Strickler co-founded Kickstarter to help bring creative projects to life. In the process, he has started an important conversation about how companies can stick to their ideals, resist conformity, and contribute to the public good. “I think there are other entrepreneurs and people like us that want to do something more than just survive or get rich,” he says.
Strickler serves on the board of New Inc., the New Museum’s incubator for art, design, and technology. He has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, listed among Vanity Fair’s New Establishment, and received a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award from the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler worked as Editor-in-Chief of eMusic and has written for The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, raising nearly $2.5 billion in its short history. Under Strickler’s leadership, Kickstarter has become a Public Benefit Corporation, a designation which means the company must consider not only its financial obligations to shareholders, but also its impact on society. As part of its corporate charter as a PBC, Kickstarter donates five percent of its after-tax profits to arts education groups and organizations fighting systemic inequality.