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 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 raise more than $3 billion to 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, Matthew Barney, Bjork, Stevie Nicks, Adam Curtis, and more than 400 others.

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

I’ve been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. I've spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, MIT Media Lab, Walker Art Center, Stanford, Columbia University, the White House, the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, and events around the globe.

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 next year.

Thanks for stopping by,


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