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Kickstarter’s Aziz Hasan Steps Down as CEO

Kickstarter’s Aziz Hasan Steps Down as CEO

India West Staff Reporter

NEW YORK, NY – Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan has said that he is stepping down from his leadership role. Sean Leow, the company’s chief operating officer, will be interim CEO.

Kickstarter is a public benefit corporation based here and maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. The company helps provide funding in areas such as film, music, stage shows, video games, journalism, comics, and other creative projects.

In a press release, Hasan said the decision to leave came after a lot of “personal reflection” around his own creative work.

“Over the last three years, Kickstarter has witnessed the power of this community reach truly historic heights of support for creative projects of all shapes and sizes. We saw pledges for creative projects surpass $6 billion, the total number of creative projects funded reach beyond 200,000, and our community of backers grew to over 20 million people,” Hasan said.

The company’s stated mission is to “help bring creative projects to life”. As of July 2021, Kickstarter has received nearly $6 billion in pledges from 20 million backers to fund 205,000 projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology, publishing, and food-related projects.

“While my last day as CEO will be Apr. 4, I will remain on as an advisor to the company for the next several months as the Board searches for the next CEO. In the interim, Sean is the right leader for Kickstarter.
He has brought his passion for empowering creative people through technology to the platform and its community for over six years,” Hasan added.

Hasan is a graduate of Case Western University in Cleveland, OH and is married to designer Nyla Hasan.

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