My name is Yancey. I'm a writer, speaker, and cofounder of Kickstarter. I'm currently writing a book for Viking Press.

For more than a decade I worked on Kickstarter, cofounding the platform and serving as CEO from 2014 until last year. Kickstarter has helped raise more than $3 billion for filmmakers, musicians, writers, designers, and other creative people. More than 100,000 creative projects have come into existence because of it.


While at Kickstarter I also cofounded a resource for artists by artists called The Creative Independent. It publishes insights on the creative process every weekday from artists like Philip Glass, Matthew Barney, Bjork, Stevie Nicks, Nikki Giovanni, and more than 100 others.

In past lives I was a music critic for Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice. I cofounded a record label called eMusic Selects. I published a baseball zine called Yard Work. I wrote a basketball zine called Invisible Courts. I made an app that lets fans announce NBA games called Micd.

Over the years I've shared my ideas with the BBC, CNN, NBC News, Wired, Le Monde, Das Spiegel, Nikkei, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and at the Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, MIT Media Lab, Stanford, Columbia University, the White House, and the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals.

I’ve been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and Vanity Fair’s New Establishment.

I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. I lived in New York City for almost twenty years. Today I live with my family in Los Angeles. I'm writing my first book, to be published by Viking Press.

Thanks for stopping by,





Entrepreneurship for All Summit
Lowell, Massachusetts
November 2017


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway
October 2017


Academy Hills
Tokyo, Japan
September 2017


Greater Jackson Arts Council
Jackson, Mississippi
August 2017


New York Live Arts
New York City
July 2017


D&AD Conference
London, England
April 2017


Next Web Festival
New York City
November 2016


Herald Design Forum
Seoul, South Korea
November 2016


Tech Open Air
Berlin, Germany
July 2016


92nd St Y
New York City
March 2016


Web Summit
Dublin, Ireland
Nov 2015


September 2015


Sonar Festival
Barcelona, Spain
July 2015


Launch Festival
San Francisco, California
March 2015


Marketplace Live
New York City
September 2014


Dig South
Charleston, South Carolina
July 2014


Museum of Modern Art
New York City
June 2014


New York City
May 2014


Techcrunch Disrupt
New York City
May 2014


New York Ideas Festival
New York City
May 2014


Austin, Texas
March 2014


Austin, Texas
March 2014


Wired UK
London, England
December 2013


Engadget Expand
San Francisco, California
March 2013


Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 2012


XOXO Festival
Portland, Oregon
September 2012


March 2012


This Week in Startups
New York City
June 2011


Creative Mornings
New York City
June 2011

"One of the least obnoxious tech evangelists"
— The Telegraph