Welcoming Casey Gerald to Our Board of Directors

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I am very pleased to announce that the author and entrepreneur Casey Gerald has been appointed to Kickstarter PBC’s board of directors.

Casey is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir and coming-of-age story that, as Casey puts it, “stands the American dream on its head.” It was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times. Casey is a two-time TED speaker and was named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Creative People in Business.” He also recently wrote “The Black Art of Escape” for New York magazine, reflecting on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in Virginia.

A native of Texas, Casey graduated from Yale College and Harvard Business School, where he co-founded MBAs Across America, a movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working to reinvent business school and revitalize the country.

Casey’s breadth of experience across social impact, business operations, and nonprofit work — all while staying true to himself and his story — is a perfect fit for the mission-driven work we do here at Kickstarter. Casey’s career has been dedicated to finding unconventional approaches to the conventional ways of doing business, and his unique perspective will be a great benefit to our strategy and operations as a company.

Here’s how Casey explains his interest in accepting the board’s invitation: 

We’re living through a dark period right now — a period of runaway capitalism and rising authoritarianism — in America and around the world. So, I believe, as I have throughout my career, that we need more models of businesses and business leaders that are a force for good, that are committed not to corporate profits but to human flourishing. I think Kickstarter is the best hope of my generation to prove that this is possible.

As President John F. Kennedy said in 1963, the artist is “the last champion of the individual mind…against an intrusive society and an officious state.” If this is true — and as a writer, I believe it is — then Kickstarter’s mission is more important now than at any point in its ten-year history. I’m thrilled and grateful to be able to roll up my sleeves and support. 

In addition to Casey and myself, our board members are Perry Chen, Kickstarter founder and board chair; Jess Search, CEO of Doc Society; Michael Lynton, chairman of Snap Inc. and former CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Sunny Bates, CEO of Sunny Bates Associates; and Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures.

I look forward to working with Casey as we continue to seek unconventional paths in pursuit of our mission: helping to bring creative projects to life.