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, 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.

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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, Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, MIT Media Lab, Stanford, Columbia, and at 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 late next year.

Thanks for stopping by,
Yancey



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TALKS

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

 

CNN
Television
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

 

DLD NYC
New York City
May 2014

 

Techcrunch Disrupt
New York City
May 2014

 

New York Ideas Festival
New York City
May 2014

 

SXSW
Austin, Texas
March 2014

 

SXSW
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

 

PBS
Television
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