263. The Founding Story of Kickstarter — Community, Competition, and Customer-Obsession (Charles Adler)


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Charles Adler of Kickstarter joins Nick to discuss The Founding Story of Kickstarter — Community, Competition, and Customer-Obsession. In this episode, we cover:

  • Walk us through your background and path to tech.
  • Growing up what inspired you most?
  • How did the idea for Kickstarter begin?
  • Was there an MVP - was there an initial target vertical?
  • When did you know that it was working?
  • What was the biggest mistake you made during the journey?
  • When competition arose... did it scare you?
  • Is Kickstarter today still delivering on the initial vision you and your co-founders had?
  • What was the hardest part of growing a venture-backed company?
  • What advice would you have for founders before selecting VC partners?
  • Organic growth and categories?
  • We often talk on the show about the importance of customer obsession, really knowing what they care about and spending time to understand that -- what has been your philosophy and approach w/ customers?
  • Many founders and investors talk about the importance of diversity. We talk about the importance of climate change and the environment. We campaign for socio-economic equality. How do you think founders (and investors) can be more intentional about building their beliefs into their business and their culture?
  • What are you focused on now... tell us about Lost Arts?
  • Why do it alone?
  • Community has been a common thread/focus across many of your efforts. Is community core to everything you do... if so why?

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