Welcome to the Members of Kickstarter’s Group Advisory Council — Kickstarter


Kickstarter’s Community Advisory Council: Ivan Askwith, Annette Azan, Ellia Bisker, Stefanie Black, Kat Calamia, Jose Cardona, Thomas Negovan, Tony Patrick, Philip Reed, George Rohac, Philomena Schwab, and Philip Winter
Kickstarter’s Group Advisory Council: Ivan Askwith, Annette Azan, Ellia Bisker, Stefanie Black, Kat Calamia, Jose Cardona, Thomas Negovan, Tony Patrick, Philip Reed, George Rohac, Philomena Schwab, and Philip Winter

Hello, I’m Kimm and I lead the workforce at Kickstarter that works immediately with creators and backers to assist them have a profitable expertise on our platform.

I’m thrilled to share that after reviewing tons of of functions from creators representing hundreds of tasks delivered to life on Kickstarter, we have now chosen our inaugural Group Advisory Council.

Our aim with the Council is to carry collectively a various group of Kickstarter creators who can supply perception and experience throughout a variety of inventive disciplines. These luminaries will assist us determine points, questions, and alternatives we might not be capable of see on our personal and assist us prioritize work that issues to them and their communities.

I’m honored to welcome Ivan Askwith, Annette Azan, Ellia Bisker, Stefanie Black, Kat Calamia, Jose Cardona, Thomas Negovan, Tony Patrick, Philip Reed, George Rohac, Philomena Schwab, and Philip Winter as Kickstarter Advisors. These creators symbolize an unbelievable pool of expertise and have displayed a real ardour for Kickstarter and the communities they’ve constructed. We really feel very lucky to have them work with us.

Our first assembly with the Council will happen on the finish of this month. At that assembly, we’ll deal with getting product suggestions from the Council to assist us orient our roadmap for characteristic improvement. I’m actually trying ahead to digging in with the Council members to listen to what they need to say and exploring their concepts for making Kickstarter the perfect it may be.

Please be a part of me in welcoming the members of the Kickstarter Group Advisory Council, and skim a bit about every of them under.


Ivan Askwith is a strategist and producer who focuses on organizing fan communities to achieve their shared targets, and dealing with creators and causes to create extra significant fan relationships. His record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns have raised greater than $25M to revive fan-favorite franchises together with Veronica Mars, Studying Rainbow, Tremendous Troopers 2, and Thriller Science Theater 3000, main Wired to explain him because the leisure business’s “secret weapon” and Quick Firm to incorporate him in its “100 Most Artistic Folks in Enterprise.”

Annette Azan is a 25-year veteran of the style business and the CEO and Founding father of Nuudii System, a radically progressive firm that’s shaking up the century-old bra business (and had a wildly profitable launch on Kickstarter). She is following within the footsteps of different changemakers that she has labored for—together with Diane Benson, Norma Kamali, and Donna Karan—by main ladies down a brand new path that encourages them to reclaim and embrace their our bodies.

Ellia Bisker is a songwriter, singer, and performing artist who has launched ten albums since 2007 along with her bands Charming Catastrophe, Funkrust Brass Band, and Candy Soubrette. She holds a Grasp’s diploma in Arts Administration from Columbia College and has over a decade of expertise in nonprofit fundraising and improvement. She is an ASCAP Plus Award recipient in recognition of her songwriting, a Brooklyn Arts Council grantee, and a two-time alum of Crosshatch Middle for Artwork & Ecology’s artist residency program. She has run a number of profitable Kickstarter campaigns of her personal and has managed or consulted on plenty of crowdfunding tasks for different creators.

Stefanie Black is a Queer creator (They/Them) celebrating their tenth yr of operating “Creepy Kawaii,” a line of professionally made plush dolls, tarot, and enamel pins. They’ve efficiently accomplished over a dozen Kickstarter tasks throughout their inventive profession, and have offered their merchandise to lovers of the unusual and weird worldwide. When Black will not be engaged on their artwork for Creepy Kawaii or touring to inventive occasions, they’re engaged on making a retro-style horror RPG online game referred to as Casting Shadows, which they plan to launch on Kickstarter sooner or later.

Kat Calamia is the co-writer and co-creator of WEBTOON, Slice of Life, and the editor/creator of Bi Visibility: A Bisexual Comedian Guide Anthology. She has been a comic book e book critic and journalist for over a decade, with weekly critiques on her YouTube channel, Comedian Uno, and bylines in Newsarama, IGN, DC Comics, Fandom, and TV Information.

Jose Cardona is a Mechanical Engineer from Puerto Rico and the founding father of Mechanical Design Labs. He has led the {hardware} design for a number of spacecraft which have efficiently launched to the Worldwide House Station, and extra just lately invented the Writer Clock, a “novel timepiece” that makes use of hundreds of quotes from books to inform the time.

Thomas Negovan is an writer, gallery director, musician, and filmmaker primarily based in Los Angeles and Chicago—and the founding father of the Century Guild artwork gallery and museum. He has given a TEDx Discuss on the preservation of archaic applied sciences, and launched a vinyl report that was recorded fully with out electrical energy. Negovan has created greater than 60 profitable Kickstarter campaigns in publishing, artwork, and music.

Tony Patrick is a worldbuilder, immersive director, and founding father of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative and the (Re)Writers Room. As a co-author of Batman and the Sign, a Hereborn Park collaborator, a Guild of Future Architects member, and a Sundance Institute World-Constructing Fellow, Patrick sculpts areas that produce artworks, prototypes, frameworks, and civic options.

Philip Reed is a sport designer, toy and artwork collector, blogger, and creator of random junk who spends his days as Chief Govt Officer at Steve Jackson Video games. In what free time he can spare, he creates every thing from RPG dietary supplements to music. He likes cookies.

George Rohac has been a creator advocate for almost twenty years, from serving to associates with zines in highschool to main large tasks comparable to Test, Please!, Ghostbusters: The Board Recreation, and the Bee and PuppyCat animated collection. The aim of their firm, Organized Havoc, is to enhance the standard of life for creators of each area and focus. They’ve completed this via creating and freely sharing templates and planners for the creator neighborhood at giant whereas additionally managing almost 100 crowdfunding campaigns via success.

Philomena Schwab is a sport designer and neighborhood supervisor from Zurich, Switzerland who wrote her grasp thesis on “Group Constructing for Indie Builders” and co-founded the indie sport studio Stray Fawn. In 2017 Philomena was named a Forbes 30 Underneath 30 honoree.

Philip Winter is the cofounder of Nebia, a startup creating award-winning designs for water-saving showerheads and loo merchandise that has raised over $9 million on Kickstarter throughout 5 campaigns. Winter has a background in financial improvement and sustainability tasks, and is captivated with using considerate design-centered options to the world’s massive issues.


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