My name is Yancey. I'm a Cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter. I'm currently writing a book for Viking Press.

Photo by Daniel Arnold

Photo by Daniel Arnold

For nearly a decade I was dedicated to Kickstarter, cofounding the platform and serving as CEO for almost four years. Kickstarter has helped filmmakers, musicians, writers, designers, and other creative people bring more than 100,000 creative projects to life.

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 people like Philip Glass, Bjork, Big Boi, Stevie Nicks, Adam Curtis, and more than 500 others.

I’ve been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. I've spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, MIT Media Lab, Stanford, Columbia University, Walker Art Center, the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, and events around the globe.

In past lives I wrote about music for Pitchfork, Spin, and the Village Voice, started a record label called eMusic Selects, and made an app called Micd that lets fans announce NBA games.

I grew up in Giles County, Virginia. I lived in New York City for almost twenty years. Today I live with my family in Los Angeles. I'm currently writing my first book, to be published by Viking Press in the fall.

Thanks for stopping by,


Talking Kickstarter with Charlie Rose

Giving a commencement address