I wanted to take a moment to announce that I've joined the board of directors for Kickstarter, a brand-new startup based out of Brooklyn and Chicago.
April 28, 2009: Kickstarter is live! I wrote more about the launch here.
Kickstarter aims to let creative people of all kinds — journalists, artists, musicians, game developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers — raise money for their projects by connecting directly with fans, who receive exclusive access and rewards in exchange for their patronage. More than just a fundraising app, Kickstarter's a publishing platform where project creators can communicate with the people that are supporting them. (Think Jill Sobule, A Swarm of Angels, or Sean Tevis.)
I was introduced to founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler by Caterina Fake back in June, and sealed the deal after a trip to NYC to meet the team. They're a great group of guys with a strong vision, and I feel lucky to be involved.
Ultimately, everybody should be able to support themselves doing what they love using the web, and I think Kickstarter will be a great way to get there. Expect to hear more on Waxy.org as launch day gets closer.
To help them on their way, they're currently looking for a CTO to join the founding team. I've been helping guide some of the technology decisions and building the development team, but we're looking for a passionate and talented person to devote themselves to the project full-time.
If you're interested, drop me an email or IM and I'll introduce you!