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Kickstarter首席执行官预计将在年底卸任

7月27日,著名众筹网站Kickstarter的联合创始人兼首席执行官Yancey Strickler正式宣布,他将在今年年底正式卸任,并且目前正在寻找最合适的继任者。

Yancey Strickler是Kickstarter的三位创始人之一,其它两位创始人Charles Adler和Perry Chen分别也担任过公司的首席执行官,并且二人分别在2013年和2014年离开。在担任Kickstarter首席执行官之前,Yancey Strickler在公司中曾担任过包括社区支持、团队建设等部分的负责人。

Yancey Strickler在自己的博客中表示:

"从2014年到现在我担任首席执行官期间,完成了公司几次值得纪念的跨越,包括众筹资金总额提升三倍、面向16个国家的创造者提供众筹服务、并且在各个层级都建设了杰出的领导团队。而现在我们正在寻找下一位能带领公司完成下一次重大飞跃的杰出人才。"

Yancey Strickler并未透露他辞职的具体理由,不过随着公司三位创始人的相继离开,外界对Kickstarter的运营状况和未来发展方向都开始有所担忧。

Yancey Strickler还表示:

"2017年已经是Kickstarter连续第八年实现盈利。同时作为公司首席执行官期间,公司与很多创意项目的负责人都建立了良好的关系。毕竟除了盈利之外,对于帮助那些创业者成功,也是Kickstarter的主要目的。"

Yancey Strickler自2014年起担任Kickstarter的首席执行官以来,项目资金总额增长了三倍,并实现了平台在全世界20多个国家前后上线。然而,近年来,奖励型众筹发展速度日趋缓慢,Kickstarter的主要竞争对手已经向Indiegogo投资基金方向转型,而随着Strickler的出走,Kickstarter的前途还未可知。

Yancey Strickler, co-founder of crowdfunding giant Kickstarter, announced this week he is stepping down as the funding portal’s CEO. Stickler revealed in a blog post:

“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.”

Stickler noted since he became CEO of Kickstarter in 2014, he and his team have made great achievements, including tripling the total dollars pledged to projects, launched Kickstarter in nearly 20 countries, and continued to grow Kickstarter’s crew.

“Let me be the first to tell you: the job is great. The team is seriously ridiculous. 2017 will be our eighth straight profitable year. Great stuff is cooking in the oven. Being the CEO of Kickstarter is an unreal opportunity for someone with a deep connection to creative projects, someone who doesn’t believe in putting profit above all, and someone who’s excited by the challenge of building on a successful business that’s oriented to the long term.”

Yancey stepping down comes at a time when reward-based crowdfunding is slowing. While its main competitor Indiegogo has migrated into investment-based funding, Kickstarter has decided to not go that route.


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