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Hi! My name is Fred Benenson and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone as I’ve just recently joined the team to work on outreach, community development, and all the fun stuff in between.

To give you some background, I’ve been working in the copyright reform space for a while, and just a couple of weeks ago left my gig at Creative Commons to come on board with Kickstarter.

In my spare time I do some photography and I always seem to have some crazy side projects knocking around. More generally, I’m really interested in new economies and models for creators in the digital space, which is how I stumbled upon Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding has long been a theoretical business model bandied about in the free culture and free software worlds, but no one had done it right. So when I met Kickstarter’s CTO Andy Baio a couple of months ago and he convinced me to start a project, I was excited to give it a try.

The project I launched was called Emoji Dick, which is a crowd-sourced (via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk) and crowd-funded (via Kickstarter) translation of Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji. The project was successfully funded in October and the rest, as they say, is history. You can check out some early drafts of the book in this project update.

Thanks everyone. Feel free to drop me a message or find me on twitter.

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