Founder’s Corner: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter shares lessons learned on hiring, growth, and leading through well-defined values

September 26, 2017

In this episode of Founder’s Corner, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler joins the show for a conversation that dives deep into the origin story of the company that transformed crowdfunding and community building.

Yancey also discusses the company’s decision to become a public-benefit corporation and how the company’s values have driven its business structure. He dives into how living your organization’s culture and broadcasting that ethos everywhere can attract the right talent, and what it’s like to steer the ship of a new company that not only created its market but is also the market leader.

Yancey joins Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh for this look behind the curtain at the company that has revolutionized the way entrepreneurs launch products, with over 130,000 successfully funded projects and more than three billion dollars pledged.

Tune in to this episode with Yancey Strickler for an honest dialogue about growth, scaling, and leadership. 

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Kickstarter’s corporate values led the company to become a public-benefit corporation

  • Attracting and evaluating talent by clearly articulating and codifying the company’s mission and values

  • The challenges of successful leadership when you’re operating in a newly invented space as the market leader

Yancey Strickler is the co-founder of Kickstarter, along with Perry Chen and Charles Adler. Before launching the company, he worked as a music journalist; his writing appeared in the Village Voice, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He co-founded the record label eMusic Selects in 2007 and served as the editor-in-chief of

Subscribe to Founder’s Corner on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Overcast, and join the conversation with Shripriya Mahesh and Yancey Strickler on Twitter at @OmidyarNetwork (#ONFoundersCorner).

Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team invests in early-stage startups that aim to build great for-profit businesses that can change the world and achieve positive societal benefits at scale.

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