Perry Chen, CEO and co-founder of Kickstarter, has stepped down from his position as chief executive officer of the company. Chen said in a blog post today that he will chair the kickstart board and focus on "high-level and long-term company needs."
Chen was with kickstart from the beginning and served as CEO for the first five years. He resigned for the first time in 2014, taking on the role of co-founder Yancey Strickler and returned in 2017 after Strickler decided to leave the company. According to Buzzfeed News Kickstarter was planning to see an outside candidate, but Chen quietly broke into it and took over the role once again.
The very latest resignation announced by employees of Kickstarter (OPEIU) Plan to establish a union with Local 153 Kickstarter staff create a union that can promote "inclusion, solidarity, transparency and accountability" and "sit on the table" He said.  Chen is named successor to Aziz Hasan, interim CEO, who is currently leading the kickstart design and product team. Chen wrote, however, that the board "will continue to play this role in partnership with Aziz for the next few weeks and months." Hasan worked at Refinery29 last year and joined the company last year.