Delegate Profile

Yancey Strickler

Job TitleCo-founder and CEO

Company NameKickstarter


Yancey is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative

projects. The company has raised nearly $3 billion in less than a decade and has become both one of

the best known Silcon Valley startups and a by-word for a new form fundraising.

Kickstarter was founded with a simple principle: to help the people behind creative projects to raise

funds from those that believe in them. Projects from films and albums to food and technology

businesses have been funded by fans and potential customers. In the process Kickstarter has disrupted

not just the likes of the music business, but also traditional investment models.

Despite being a part of the digital boom that has seen many companies grow exponentially and make

billionaires of their founders, Kickstarter has remained true to their founding principles. Yancey and

his partners established the company to help bring creative projects to life without the constraints of

finance or big businesses. This has inspired a conversation about companies’ principles, the influence

of their peers, and how they contribute to society. 

After a period as Editor in Chief of eMusic, Yancey and his co-founders Perry Chan and Charles Adler

started Kickstarter. Initially serving as Head of Community and Head of Communications, Yancey

then became CEO. Under his leadership, Kickstarter has become a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC),

a designation which means the company must put ethics and social good at the heart of the business,

on at least equal footing with its financial obligations to shareholders.

As well as looking at the lessons from the Kickstarter story, from disruption to investments, Yancey

also examines how businesses increasingly need to consider what they do socially as much as in the


Yancey 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.

Conference Sessions

  • KEYNOTE: Resist and Thrive: How new models and ways of thinking can beat the status quo

    Tuesday09:00 - 10:0028-11-2017

    Knowledge Theatre 1

    Over the last decade Kickstarter and the crowdfunding revolution it began have changed the way people fund and build community around creative and world-changin...

    • Language: English

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