Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler talks with Wired's Jason Tanz about the "Creation Economy".
Yancey Strickler is a cofounder of Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars across the site to projects in music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since its launch in April 2009, the site has channeled more than $150 million in funding to creators who maintain full ownership and creative control of their work. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler was a music journalist. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Spin, and The Village Voice, among other publications. He has personally backed more than 550 Kickstarter projects.
As executive editor, Jason Tanz oversees the magazine’s print and tablet editions. In his six years at WIRED, he has edited stories on everything from Bezos to bank heists, hackers to high-speed rail. Tanz previously worked at Fortune and SmartMoney, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin. A 2004 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America.