“Back To School…Back To School”September 12, 2013 by Carolyn Van
….to prove to dad that I’m not a fool”
You know, as in Billy Madison? Anyone?
This past Sunday, we attended Kickstarter School. As we’re sure you know by now, Kickstarter has officially launched in Canada as of September 9th and Sunday’s session, held at The Royal on College Street was a great way to kick it off. Quite unexpectedly, hundreds upon hundreds of folks showed up. In fact, we initially thought the line-up that curved on to Clinton St. was for a TIFF screening. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that we were in the company of fellow makers, creators and wave makers also ready to launch their Kickstarter campaigns.
[Photo from Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter]
Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter took the time to share with us the story behind the company and also showed us some hilarious team footage. I was impressed with how humble he was. He admittedly said that they didn’t have a strategy – and are still figuring things out. It was quite refreshing to hear as most Founders are afraid to show their vulnerability or express humility. The session really gave us all a chance to ask some of the nitty gritty questions around shipping, taxes, customer support and of course the mysterious approval process for submitted projects.
We left the session with a lot of questions of our own answered and a list of things we need to do to prepare for our launch. We’re pumped to be amongst the bunch that will be representing Canadian projects! Let us know if you’d like to be notified once our campaign launches!
[Screen capture from our Kickstarter Video footage]
Random & interesting facts about Kickstarter:
- Their office is a tiny space above a bar in New York – and this is the front door:
- They sift through the projects manually and have a huge, diverse team dedicated to this
- One of the Kickstarter iterations involved MySpace integration
- They recently purchased a huge office space that was a pencil factory
- They have promised to never ever sell Kickstarter off
- Yancey Strickler was a waiter before starting Kickstarter with Charles and Perry.