Co-founder of Kickstarter to speak during Forge Innovation Series

April 28, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter, an online platform for individuals to fund creative projects, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (April 30) at the Anvil as part of the Forge Innovation Series, a speaking series that showcases Midwestern innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Anvil, a community co-working space located at 320 North St., West Lafayette, will host the event, with support from the Purdue Research Foundation and the City of West Lafayette.

Adler and two friends, Perry Chen and Yancey Stricker, launched Kickstarter in 2009. During Adler's time as head of design at Kickstarter, 5.2 million people pledged $866 million to fund 52,000 projects. Adler left Kickstarter in 2013 to consult on different projects.

Adler will speak on his experiences as a co-founder of three startups: Kickstarter; Subsystence, a platform dedicated to leveraging the Web to provide global exposure to the work of independent artists; and Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio.

About the Anvil

The Anvil is a co-working space at Purdue University that serves the unique needs of passionate students, acting as the center of creative culture in West Lafayette. The Anvil focuses on providing local and student run startups affordable office space as well as access to some of the best engineering talent in the country.

About Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. The foundation manages the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Park and Purdue Technology Centers. The foundation received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at 

Writer: Hillary Henry, Purdue Research Foundation

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Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, 

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