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Annual Meeting General Session

Saturday, October 19 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Yancey Strickler

Cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter

Yancey StricklerThe 2019 AABB Annual Meeting’s General Session will feature a keynote address from Yancey Strickler, writer and cofounder/former CEO of Kickstarter. Strickler will share the story of Kickstarter, taking attendees through the experience of launching the organization and managing its growth, sharing the challenges and memorable moments from the journey. Strickler then zooms out further, showing the exciting possibilities of a future that looks beyond money and expands our concept of value to include community, purpose and sustainability.

This session will remind attendees of the value of patient and donor care above and beyond the business implications. It will be an inspirational and exciting experience – one you won’t want to miss.

About Yancey Strickler

Yancey StricklerSince introducing the world to crowdfunding a decade ago, Kickstarter has helped creative people raise more than $4 billion in funding for their projects.

In 2015, Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation, choosing to focus the company’s mission, as the New York Times wrote, on “altruism over profit.” A study by the Wharton School of Business that year found that Kickstarter projects created more than 300,000 full- and part-time jobs.

Strickler has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals, Web Summit, SXSW, Walker Art Center, Stanford, Columbia University and NYU.

Strickler is cofounder of the artistic resource The Creative Independent and a former music journalist whose writing has appeared in Pitchfork, the Village Voice and The Washington Post. The London Spectator called him “one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever.”

Viking Books will publish Strickler’s first book, This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, on October 29.