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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?