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Yancey Strickler is the co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn-based Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform for creative projects in art, comics, crafts, dance, design, fashion, film & video, food, games, journalism, music, photography, publishing, technology and theater. Kickstarter has received more than $1.5 billion in pledges from over 7.8 million backers to fund over 200,000 creative projects. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork and other publications. He co-founded the eMusic Selects record label in 2007 and served as its first Editor-in-Chief.

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Ryan is a renaissance software engineer and entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. Most recently, he created 'Drunk User Testing' a free and easy-to-use program that muddles and skews the appearance of a screen, which makes its contents harder to navigate and gives the user a pretty authentic drunk feeling. Ryan’s an avid traveler, open-source contributor, and has been developing client applications for more than five years. He studied Philosophy and Political Science at Seattle Pacific University.

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