Andy Baio

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Andy Baio
Andy Baio in 2012
Occupation(s)blogger and technologist[1]

Andy Baio is an American technologist and blogger. He is the co-founder of the XOXO Festival, founder of, a former CTO of Kickstarter and the author of the blog.


In 2003, Baio launched Upcoming, a collaborative event calendar.[2] The site was acquired by Yahoo for an undisclosed sum in 2005 and Baio joined the company as the site's Technical Director.[3] In 2007, Baio announced his departure from Yahoo.[4][5]

In September 2008, Baio joined the board of directors of Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website that helps people with project ideas to connect with potential funders.[6] Baio later joined the staff as Chief Technical Officer in July 2009,[7] stepping down in November 2010 to join Expert Labs.[8] In June 2017, Baio joined Fuzzco as Technology Director.[9]

After Yahoo offered to sell the Upcoming domain back to Baio, he launched a Kickstarter campaign that hit its $30,000 goal in May 2014 to revive the site.[10]


Baio was involved in the dissemination of the Star Wars Kid video, which depicted teenager Ghyslain Raza clumsily emulating martial arts moves for the camera.[11] In response to the negative attention the boy received, Baio and another blogger, Jish Mukerji, organized a fundraiser which gathered up $1,000 from about 100 donors.[11][12] In March 2022, Baio met Raza and apologised to him for posting the video. Raza accepted his apology.[13]

When the parody cartoon House of Cosbys was taken down from its original site due to a cease and desist letter from Bill Cosby's attorney, Baio placed the videos on his own website.[14] Baio later received a similar cease and desist letter but refused to comply, citing fair use and decrying what he termed "a special kind of discrimination against amateur creators on the Internet", since Cosby had often been parodied in the mainstream media.[15] In 2009, he produced Kind of Bloop, a chiptune tribute album commemorating the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. The album's cover was a pixel art version of the original album's cover, which consisted of a photograph taken by Jay Maisel. Attorneys representing Maisel demanded damages and that the resulting image be removed from the chiptune album, resulting in a settlement of $32,500 from Baio.[16]

Baio has also written for Wired magazine[17] and The New York Times,[18] and was a staffer on R. U. Sirius' online magazine[19] Baio coined the term supercut in 2008, which in 2017 became known through the song "Supercut" by singer Lorde.[20]

In early 2012, Baio and Andy McMillan co-founded the XOXO Festival, celebrating independent artists and technologists. The conference has been held in Portland, Oregon, since 2012. The conferences have been largely funded via prepaid tickets and other contributions, including via Kickstarter.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Online Meetups Are Sad, but What If You Were a Cute Animal?". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  2. ^ "Online Diary". The New York Times. 6 November 2003.
  3. ^ Yahoo acquires | CNET
  4. ^ " creator leaving Yahoo". 12 November 2007.
  5. ^ Russell, Terrence (12 November 2007). "Upcoming's Founder on Going From Giants to Startups (and Back Again)". Wired.
  6. ^ Kickstarter |
  7. ^ Kickstarter's New CTO, Andy Baio Archived July 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Joining Expert Labs". Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Fuzzco and Me". 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  10. ^ "Andy Baio crowdfunds $30,000 in 90 minutes to relaunch community event site Upcoming". The Next Web. May 7, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "'Star Wars Kid' Gets Bucks From Blogs". Wired. 19 May 2003. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008.
  12. ^ "'Star Wars Kid' becomes unwilling Internet star". USA Today. 22 August 2003.
  13. ^ "'Star Wars Kid' reflects on his 2003 viral video, the media circus and human nature". CTV News. 30 March 2022.
  14. ^ House of Cosbys, Mirrored Archived June 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Miller, Lia (6 March 2006). "Cosby's Lawyers See No Flattery in an Imitation". The New York Times.
  16. ^ Chalk, Andy (June 24, 2011). "Chiptune Cover Album Leads to Huge Legal Bill". The Escapist.
  17. ^ "Wired 15.04: START". Wired.
  18. ^ "Volunteers Put the Economist Into Chinese (Published 2009)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2022-11-26.
  19. ^ Andrew Baio Archived October 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Tiffany, Kaitlyn (June 16, 2017). "Andy Baio on sort of, kind of inspiring a Lorde song". The Verge.
  21. ^ Wortham, Jenna (May 25, 2012). "XOXO aims to be an alternative to South by Southwest". New York Times Bits Blog.
  22. ^ Wortham, Jenna (September 14, 2012). "XOXO Fest, An Experimental Tech Conference, Gets Underway". New York Times Bits Blog.

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