Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He’s the cofounder of Metalabel, cofounder of Kickstarter, and cofounder of the artist resource The Creative Independent. He’s the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, the philosophy of Bentoism, and he created the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey began his career as a music critic writing for Pitchfork, Spin, and The Village Voice. He grew up on a farm in Clover Hollow, Virginia, and lives in New York City.



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Worldbuilding is creative resilience (2023)

The internet feels small here (2023)

What’s after the creator economy? (2023)

Reinventing the record (2022)

The Onchain Era (2022)

On competition (2022)

The internet culture era (2022)

How culture is made (2022)

Metablogging (2022)

After crypto (2022)

Introducing Metalabel (2022)

Rethinking labels (2022)

Rethinking self-interest (2020)

The ownership crisis (2020)

The values stack (2020)

Theories of time (2020)

Post-capitalism for realists (2019)

This is how long it takes to change the world (2019)

How the bento box can change how we see the world (2019)

Beyond the Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (2019)

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (2019)

Nobody cares about you (2017)

The dangers of self expression (w/ Adam Curtis) (2017)

Resist and thrive (2015)

The object offline (2014)

Why we started Kickstarter (2009)

Taxonomy of a Top Ten (2005)

Finding myself as a writer (2005)

Blood Brothers, Crimes (Spin Magazine) (2003)

The South Does It Again, Sort Of (Village Voice) (2003)

The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up (Pitchfork) (2000)


Interdependence with Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst (2022)

On the Other Side with Chase Chapman (2022)

Rebel Wisdom (2020)

The Ezra Klein Show (2019)

The Charlie Rose Show (2015)

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Cofounder of Metalabel, Kickstarter, and the Creative Independent and the author of "This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World” and “The Dark Forest Anthology of the Internet.”