Co-founder and CEO
Three is a magic number -- Kickstarter's founders know this to be true. In 2012, its third year, the world's largest fundraising platform hosted the first of three $3 million--plus projects. Indeed, its nearly 3 million backers (and 4 million users) have generated $300 million for projects, ranging from a scheme to send handwritten letters to small towns en masse to a beautiful Bluetooth watch. If a project reaches its goal, Kickstarter takes 5%. And in three years the staff has grown 14-fold, to nearly 42 employees from its original group of, yes, three.
On the side: Chen co-founded an art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Strickler was a music critic for Pitchfork, the irreverent indie music website. Adler co-founded an online art magazine.
Organizations headed by some of these top young minds in business have grown this past year, many of them hiring at an impressive rate. Here are seven examples.