Perry Chen

"Carlotta Welles Financial Education Speaker"

Balch Auditorium
Office of Public Events, (909) 607-9372

Creator and Chairman of Kickstarter

Creator, chairman, and former CEO of global crowd-funding pioneer Kickstarter, Perry Chen, visits Scripps College to engage both Scripps and the greater Claremont Colleges community in discussions about finance, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

The Kickstarter crowd-funding platform has facilitated over $1.3 billion in pledges for more than 71,000 independent projects in the arts, technology, design, fashion, food, publishing and more. In 2013, Chen was named to Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Chen is also an artist based in New York City who has exhibited his artwork in New York, Berlin and Mexico City. He co-founded Southfirst gallery in Brooklyn, NY in 2001.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CP&R Workshop: Entrepreneurship
4:00 – 5:15 p.m., Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Scripps students are invited to participate in a conversation with Mr. Chen about the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship. Find out what kinds of projects are more likely to be funded through crowd sourcing, learn about Mr. Chen’s own personal experiences and the lessons he learned as an entrepreneur. Students are encouraged to come with questions and ready to engage in conversation. RSVP required via ClaremontConnect.

Public Lecture: “Kickstarter: Bringing Creative Projects to Life – Past and Future”
7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Balch Auditorium

Since its beginning in 2009, Kickstarter has grown into the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The New York Times dubbed Kickstarter “the people’s NEA,” and Time named it one of the “Best Inventions of 2010” and “Best Websites of 2011.” More than 7 million backers have supported projects through the website, which has become an important source of funding for artists, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Kickstarter creator and chairman Perry Chen will discuss the evolution of the platform, its challenges and successes, and the future of crowd-funding.

These events are made possible by the generosity of the Carlotta Welles Financial Education Fund. For more information on any of these events, please contact the office of Public Events and Community Programs at (909) 607-9372 or by emailing