|October 22, 2010|
|6:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
Join ITP Alumnus, Fred Benenson as he talks about his work at Kickstarter:
Kickstarter is a NYC-based startup that helps creators fund their projects. I joined the team almost a year ago and have been working in research and development to help understand the stories behind our projects. My day to day consists of using many of the skills I developed at ITP: building experimental prototypes, processing data and visualizing it, and conducting usability testing. I also want this talk to be an opportunity to help students brainstorm and conceptualize projects that might be a good fit for our site. So if you’ve thought about using Kickstarter for a project, have questions about how our platform works, or are just curious about how one ITPer’s skills apply at a realworld startup, don’t miss it!
Fred works for Kickstarter in Research & Development and was previously employed as a Creative Commons’ representative in NYC. He attended ITP and finished in ’08, but also went to NYU for undergrad in philosophy and computer science and started Free Culture @ NYU during his senior year. He has taught at NYU undergrad and ITP in copyright and cyberlaw. His ITP thesis, Cause Caller, was a VoIP-based phone bank web service that helped constituents get in contact with their elected officials. Recently he self-published Emoji Dick, a translation of Moby Dick in Japanese Emoji icons using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.