Yancey Strickler

For nearly a decade Yancey Strickler was dedicated to Kickstarter, cofounding the platform and serving as CEO for almost four years. Kickstarter has helped filmmakers, musicians, writers, designers, and other creative people bring more than 100,000 creative projects to life.

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Creating Lasting Value

Kickstarter co-founder and former CEO, Yancey Strickler, shares a unique perspective on what it means to grow values in our organizations and in ourselves. Yancey tells the story of Kickstarter, from its humble beginnings to its innovative approach as a Public Benefit Corporation, revealing insights and lessons from the experience. Kickstarter has helped independent creative people raise more than $4 billion to fund their ideas, from Cards Against Humanity to Oculus Rift to Oscar-winning movies. Yancey also puts the Kickstarter story into the larger context of a world that's dominated by bigger and bigger players. How can we better navigate this world, and find new ways of creating value?

Yancey Strickler Keynote


Always Be Learning

Jamie Clarke Keynote Audience
To stay current in business, you must always be learning. The learning aspect combined with the buying aspect of this convention makes it my favorite all year. I would do everything I could to make sure I was available for this show!

- Retailer Attendee

Certified Master Sales Representative (CMSR) Workshop

Join ASTRA for the Certified Master Sales Representative Workshop. This is your chance to expand your professional development on the topic of customer service. Registrants will walk out the door with the customer service component of CMSR complete and gain access to the remainder of the program to complete online and become fully credentialed. 


Certified Play Expert (CPE) Workshop

Register for this two-day pre-conference workshop that will launch into learning the science behind play! The Certified Play Expert program develops, expands and elevates expertise. 


ASTRA Academy

ASTRA Academy includes certifications, webinars and downloadable resources to help retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives keep a pulse on topics shaping the toy industry.