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Speaker Biographies

Yancey Strickler

Co-Founder, Kickstarter

Yancey Strickler is cofounder of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, among other publications. He lives in New York City and has personally backed more than 650 Kickstarter projects.

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since April 2009, more than two and a half million people have pledged over $350 million to projects by creators who always maintain full ownership and complete creative control of their work. Kickstarter has hosted projects from Academy Award winners, New York Times best-sellers, Pulitzer Prize finalists, and other luminaries, but the vast majority of projects are from people just like you—creative ideas that a person and their community bring to life. Some are big, some are small. Some are serious, some are whimsical. All are welcome.