The impact of digital technology on business
The future of work
Creativity and collaboration
Teamwork and leadership
Charles Adler is a designer and technologist with a passion for helping others achieve their creative goals.
In 2009, with Perry Chen & Yancey Strickler, he co-founded Kickstarter, the revolutionary crowdfunding website, and became its Head Of Design.
Since then, Kickstarter has funded a huge number of creative projects, including Academy Award winning films, music albums, educational products, National Design Award-winning products, art in the desert, and launches of new satellites. These projects have created over 300,000 jobs and distributed over $4 billion to creators across every continent.
In 2013, Charles was recognised as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures In Business.
Since leaving Kickstarter at the end of 2013, Charles has gone on to found Lost Arts, a new format of workspace for ambitious 21st century creators. Starting off as a 4,000 square foot abandoned meat packing plant, it evolved into a 25,000 square foot space on Chicago's Goose Island.
Lost Arts has since incubated projects such as urban agriculture products powered by AI, interactive public art installations, ovens producing amazing breads, and countless other ideas.
With Kickstarter, Charles and his co-founders revolutionised the way businesses can be funded, thereby empowering a global creative class whose economic potential had hitherto been unexplored.
A digital disruptor and visionary with a global reputation, he restlessly challenges the boundaries of accepted wisdom: How can technology facilitate new products to benefit humanity? How can it enable new ways of interacting with employees and consumers? What will the future workplace look like?
In his talks, Charles shares his insights on these fascinating issues, as well as the business lessons he has learnt from his entrepreneurial ventures.