Kickstarter’s focus is on engaging with creative people: Perry Chen

Kickstarter’s focus is on engaging with creative people: Perry Chen

Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Perry Chen is an artist by choice and an entrepreneur by chance. He rose to prominence in 2009 when he co-founded Kickstarter, the online funding platform for creative projects. Since then, it has successfully funded more than 149,000 projects, generating close to $4 billion from over 15 million backers. It remains one of the world’s biggest contributors to arts and technology projects and has spawned similar platforms such as CrowdSpring, DesignCrowd and, closer home, Ketto and ImpactGuru.

The 42-year-old was in Delhi for a talk to mark the opening of an art exhibition at Delhi’s Nature Morte gallery. He spoke in an interview about intersections of arts and technology. Edited excerpts:

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