New speaker Yancey Strickler is the co-founder of Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects, raising nearly $2.5 billion in its short history. It’s also a Public Benefit Corporation, meaning it’s legally obligated to consider its societal impact. “I think there are other entrepreneurs like us that want to do something more than just survive or get rich,” he says.
Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, as well as part of Vanity Fair’s New Establishment, Strickler’s at the forefront of a new generation of entrepreneurs. “Challenging defaults is imperative,” he says. “This is a core moment where we can have a really meaningful impact. We can resist and we can thrive. We can be a whole new class of organizations of people and artists and creators who are changing the way we work.”
And how do we challenge defaults? Strickler can tell you exactly: “Don’t sell out. Be idealistic. Act with integrity always.” Doing good business and doing good for the world are not mutually exclusive, and Kickstarter is proof that corporate social responsibility can be key to meaningful growth.