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Yancey Strickler

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Yancey Strickler
BornNovember 4, 1978
Occupation(s)Author and Entrepreneur
Known forCo-founded Kickstarter
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Yancey Strickler (born November 4, 1978) is an American author, entrepreneur, and former music critic. He co-founded Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects[1] and wrote This Could Be Our Future, a 2019 Penguin Random House book about building a society that looks beyond profit as its core organizing principle.[2] The book also describes a decision-making framework that Yancey invented called Bentoism.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Strickler was born in rural Virginia.[3] While attending Giles High School he became interested in journalism and earned an internship with The Roanoke Times New River Current.[4] He attended College of William & Mary where he majored in English and Literary and Cultural Studies.[5] After graduating from William and Mary, he moved to New York City where he worked as a music journalist for publications including Spin, The Village Voice, and the website eMusic.[6]


  1. ^ "Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  2. ^ "This Could Be Our Future Review: Building the High Road". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b "How to Make Decisions That Reflect Your Values". GQ. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Project need a kickstart". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ "The CNBC Next List". CNBC. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ "How Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler Made the Tough Decision to Quit His Day Job". Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2020.