Kickstarter: Perry Chen | You Should Listen To This

September 6th, 2017

Topics: Internet of Things P2P / Sharing Economy Platforms

On this live podcast from NPR’s “How I Built This”, Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen talks about how the idea came about to start his company, to help other companies get the funding they need to grow. Although it took a while for Chen’s company to ultimately become what it is today, it has fundamentally changed how many small businesses/projects look for funding and getting their name/product out there.

“Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.”

That is Kickstarter’s mission. Through the evolution of crowdfunding via the internet, they have essentially created a new digital business model – and for anyone that uses their platform. Throughout the podcast you can really feel Chen’s entrepreneurial spirit and love of new ideas. For me – Kickstarter is an app that I can casually browse and fund things that I find interesting or have a positive impact on this world. Many ideas are crazy and far-fetched, but that is what this is all about. It’s intriguing to browse ideas that could one day turn into Bragi Headphones or Exploding Kittens. Anyone can pitch their product to masses of people and at the end of the day, it is up to the crowd to fund them. This is a fun podcast to learn a little background about the story of a company that was created to help create companies and projects. Read more about some of the most successful companies that received initial funding from Kickstarter.

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