Kickstarter’s CEO, Perry Chen, is resigning

CEO and co-founder of Kickstarter, Perry Chen, resigned his position as CEO of the company. Chen wrote on a blog today that he will continue as chairman of the Kickstarter board, and that he intends to focus on the "high-level and long-term business needs" from that position.

Chen has been with Kickstarter since its inception, serving as CEO during its first five years. He retired for the first time in 2014, leaving the role to co-founder Yancey Strickler, and returned in 2017 after Strickler decided to leave the company. At that time, Kickstarter had planned to seek external candidates, according to Buzzfeed News but Chen intervened silently and took on the role once again.

This latest resignation occurs the same day that Kickstarter staff announced their plans to unionize with the Local Union of Professional and Office Employees (OPEIU) Local 153. Kickstarter staff said they were forming a union to promote the "inclusion and solidarity, transparency and responsibility", and obtain "a seat at the table". [19659004] Chen has chosen a successor as interim CEO: Aziz Hasan, who currently leads the Kickstarter design and product teams. However, Chen wrote that the board will be "working with Aziz over the next few weeks and months to make this role permanent." Hasan joined the company last year, having previously worked at Refinery29.

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