Following Yancey Stickler’s announced that he was stepping down as Kickstarter CEO position, the crowdfunding platform has revealed to Crowdfund Insider that the search for its new CEO is currently in the works.
As previously reported, Strickler revealed details about his upcoming departure:
“Today I’m announcing that we are beginning the search for Kickstarter’s next CEO. I’ve spent the last 12 years working on Kickstarter in many different roles. As a co-founder, as our first community support rep when we launched in 2009, as an evangelist sharing Kickstarter with creators, as a team-builder who has hired and supported so many wonderful people, and most recently as CEO. Kickstarter’s mission is to help bring creative projects to life. As a Public Benefit Corporation, we strive to be a leader in thoughtful corporate governance. We’ve empowered more than 100,000 people to bring their book, album, movie, artwork, game, play, or product into existence. Kickstarter distributed more than $170 million to independent creators over the last three months — the biggest three-month stretch in our history.”
Meanwhile, Kickstarter also revealed that there are no plans for its platform to get into the investment crowdfunding game like its competitor Indiegogo. Strickler stated three years ago that Kickstarter was not interested in that type of crowdfunding:
“We’re planning on sitting that one out. I think that what we really like about Kickstarter is that projects are funded just because people think they’re cool. Because they’re excited about them. Because of what you get all of really weird, crazy things that get funded, and it’s just an incredibly diverse universe of people making things just because they’re excited about them.”
Strickler noted he’s planning to step down sometime later this year, but he will continue to speak about Kickstarter’s success as both co-founder and #1 fan.