I have always maintained that Kickstarter is not just a startup. It is instead an agent of change that portends a big economic shift. It is part of a shift away from industrial-era economics to a maker economy that is now possible because of the constant state of connectedness.
That is why I am particularly excited to announce that Perry Chen, the co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter is going to join me and Katie Fehrenbacher on stage for our second annual RoadMap conference, scheduled to be held on November 5 in San Francisco.
Chen, in an interview earlier this year, told me that society is reaching a new “bursting point of creativity.” We will explore this and many other aspects onstage. The theme of the conference is how design and user experience are going to help us navigate the connected planet.
Chen is the latest to join an already stellar line-up of speakers for our event. Other speakers we have announced include Steve Case (co-founder AOL and Revolution) Evan Williams (Blogger, Twitter & Obvious Corp.), David Karp (CEO of Tumblr), Kevin Systrom (CEO of Instagram), Tony Fadell (co-founder and CEO of Nest), Ben Silberman (CEO of Pinterest), Katia Beauchamp (CEO of Birchbox) and Jennifer Pahlka (founder and Executive Director of Code for America). For a full line-up of speakers, visit the Roadmap website, and you can buy your tickets for the event here.