The co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter.com, Charles Adler disrupted business with his ground-breaking crowdfunding website, and continues to be a thought leader in creative innovation as a popular keynote speaker. Brimming with passion for independent artistry, the social entrepreneur draws on his experience in building products, companies and teams to pave the way for new approaches.
Designer, entrepreneur and Co-founder and former designer at Kickstarter.com, Charles Adler was named one of 2013’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business by Forbes for a reason.
From founder to consultant to advisor, the self-proclaimed ‘life-long nomad’ has been leading creative innovation around the world as a social entrepreneur, pioneering new approaches to education and sustainability, and empowering independent artists.
His experience in building products, companies and teams, as well as designing for the web at the time when it was unexplored territory, makes him an insightful and inspiring keynote speaker.
Charles launched Kickstarter in 2009 alongside Perry Chen and Yancey Stricker. Heavily involved in its design, Charles developed the ground-breaking online platform to enable individuals to fund their creative projects, including films, technology, fashion, entertainment, and art.
Since then, 5.2 million people have pledged $866 million to bring 52,000 projects to life through the world’s largest crowdfunding marketplace.
Before Kickstarter, Charles co-founded the now defunct online arts publication Subsystence, dedicated to leveraging the web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists, and Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio where he operated as Principal Creative Director for five years.
Founder of the center for Lost Arts, the scheme is a workshop and studio which helps to launch new, creative ideas.
One of the world’s leading experts on marrying the internet with the real, physical world, Charles expounds his wisdom and strategies in fascinating keynote speeches and workshops all over the world. Subversive and creative, Charles’ wealth of experience is exemplary and educational, a perfect choice for forward-thinking companies looking for creative inspiration.
His speaking topics include:
- Empowering independent artistry
- Creative innovation: new approaches to education, environmental sustainability and regeneration
- Combining the internet with the real world
- The early days of web design
- Interacting nature with art and the internet