Yancey Strickler is a writer and the Cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter. Viking Books will publish Yancey’s first book, “This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World” on October 29.
Since introducing the world to crowdfunding a decade ago, Kickstarter has helped creative people raise more than $4 billion in funding for their projects. Among the projects that got their start on Kickstarter: Cards Against Humanity, Oculus Rift, multiple Oscar-winning films, projects by Spike Lee, Neil Young, Marina Abramovic, and thousands of albums, books, comics, artworks, gadgets, plays, and restaurants.
In 2015 Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation, choosing to focus the company’s mission, as the New York Times wrote, on “altruism over profit.” A study by the Wharton School of Business that year found that Kickstarter projects created more than 300,000 full- and part-time jobs.
Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, Web Summit, SXSW, Walker Art Center, Stanford, Columbia University, and NYU.
Yancey is Cofounder of the artistic resource The Creative Independent and a former music journalist whose writing has appeared in Pitchfork, the Village Voice, and Washington Post. The London Spectator called him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”