Perry Chen

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Perry Chen
Born June 21, 1976
New York City
Occupation Artist and Chairman of Kickstarter
Website Perry Chen Studio

Perry Chen is an American artist and entrepreneur best known for being the creator and principal founder of Kickstarter, the online funding platform for creative projects. He came up with the idea for Kickstarter in 2001[1] and launched it in 2009 along with co-founders Charles Adler and Yancey Strickler.[2][3]


Chen, co-founded the Southfirst gallery in Brooklyn in 2001,[4] was a TED Fellow in 2010,[5] a resident of Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City in 2014,[6] and is a 2016 Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.[7]

In December 2014, he exhibited "Computers in Crisis" for the New Museum's First Look program, co-presented by Rhizome and Creative Time Reports.[8] The exhibition included the event Y2K+15, an exploration of the phenomenon and legacy of Y2K, held at the New Museum.[9]

In 2013, he was honored on the annual list of Time's 100 most influential people.[10]

Chen is an alumnus of Hunter College High School in New York City and Tulane University in New Orleans.[11]

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  1. ^ "How I Built This with Guy Raz". NPR. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Immersive Space – Perry Chen". School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago. 
  3. ^ Adler, Charles; Yancey, Stricker. "Crowdfunding for the Socially Good Mission by Perry Chen". Eyerys. 
  4. ^ "Perry Chen – Aspen Ideas". Aspen Ideas Festival. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Perry Chen – TED Fellow". TED. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Residencia: Perry Chen". Laboratorio para la Ciudad. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "2016 MIT Media Lab Directors Fellows Announced". Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Perry Chen: Computers in Crisis". New Museum. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Perry Chen: Y2K+15". New Museum. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "The 2013 Time 100". Time. 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Chafkin, Max. "True To Its Roots: Why Kickstarter Won't Sell". Fast Company. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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