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Charles Adler

Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter
Chicago, IL
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.

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

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

Adler 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.