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Charles Adler

Charles Adler

Chicago, USA
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Co-founder and former Head of Design, kickstarter.com

"Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business" (Forbes Magazine, 2013)

Pioneering thought leader in consumer engagement, agile development and user experience design

Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowd-funding website. As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and communications design, interface design to information architecture.

Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 and shaped it into the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to funding independent creative endeavours. Since it’s inception, Kickstarter has raised over $1 billion from over 6.4 million people for over 64,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums, technology, fashion, educational projects and even full length feature films.

As the Kickstarter phenomenon continues to grow and find an ever-expanding userbase, Charles has been widely recognised as one of the digital era’s most exciting innovators. In 2013 he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business.

Charles previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, a platform dedicated to leveraging the web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists. He also co-founded Source-ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2004 to 2009.

Charles Adler travels the world for keynotes, presentations, Q&As, and workshops to discuss crowdfunding, starting a unique business, overcoming challenges when starting a business and the importance of good design, send us a quick email for his schedule and latest fees. Watch an interview with Charles from the annual Entrepreneurs Summit in 2015.

Speaking Topics:

  • Creating an innovative environment
  • The power of teamwork
  • Scaling a new business or startup
  • The importance of design and usability
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration

Our Comment

"Charles is hugely passionate about the internet’s potential to unlock the creative and economic possibilities lying at the margins of mainstream culture. His energy and vision have helped thousands of innovative individuals reach an unprecedentedly global audience, leading to what he calls the emergence of a new global creative class. A true pioneer with a knack for disruptive innovation, brand building and consumer engagement, he speaks brilliantly on how the digital era is set to change the face of global business."

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