Today, I’ve announced that after three years as Kickstarter’s CEO, I will be stepping down. Chief Operating Officer Sean Leow will become Interim CEO, and the Board of Directors has already begun the search for a permanent CEO.
Over the last three years, Kickstarter has witnessed the power of this community reach truly historic heights of support for creative projects of all shapes and sizes. We saw pledges for creative projects surpass $6 billion, the total number of creative projects funded reach beyond 200,000, and our community of backers grow to over 20 million people. And as a team, we’ve completely reimagined the way we work by shifting to fully remote work and piloting a four day week.
I am so proud of the work we’ve done together. Leading such a passionate, skilled, and dedicated team through intense moments of change, milestone victories, and complex challenges has been a humbling and rewarding experience.
To our team, the backers, the creators, this entire community — you are what makes Kickstarter the creative and amazing place it is — often beautiful, sometimes unusual, and always inspiring. I close my tenure here with so much gratitude and a much deeper personal connection to how powerful and impactful creative projects are in the world.
While my last day as CEO will be April 4, I will remain on as an advisor to the company for the next several months as the Board searches for the next CEO.
In the interim, Sean is the right leader for Kickstarter. He has brought his passion for empowering creative people through technology to the platform and its community for over six years. He knows our business and value and I am confident that Kickstarter’s mission is in capable, dedicated hands.
I look forward to seeing what’s next, as a backer and a creator, and always as a proud member of our Kickstarter community.
Thanks for everything,