Kickstarter celebrated its third birthday on Saturday. Three years is an exciting milestone (hooray!) but Kickstarter actually began long before.
Perry first had the idea for Kickstarter shortly after he moved to New Orleans in 2001. (He recently wrote about that experience on his blog.) Perry and I met after he moved back to Brooklyn in 2005, and we soon started working on the idea together. Perry was introduced to Charles through a mutual friend in 2007, and our founding team was complete.
While Charles and Perry were working on Kickstarter full-time — doing random side jobs to make money — I still had a day job. Progress was slow. None of us knew how to code. We made every mistake in the book. The site nearly didn’t make it.
Eventually things started turning around. We met Sunny Bates, who began advising us. We met Andy Baio, who helped us make sure we had the right technical plan. And in 2008 we hired three freelance developers, including Lance Ivy, who we ended up convincing to join the team all the way from Walla Walla, Washington.
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