The Rise of the Planet of the Creatives
In 2005, Etsy made a splash, allowing anyone with knitting needles to reach an audience, and MySpace helped musicians like Adele get their big breaks. While the internet has long aided creators trying to get the word out, things have come further in recent years. Targeted platforms like Kickstarter, hitRECord, 20x200, and Of a Kind have emerged, catering to full-time creative professionals looking to market, distribute, and find funding to fuel their careers. At the same time, creative-leaning social media channels like Tumblr and Behance have flourished, allowing makers to build followings. Providing access to marketing and distribution channels, these sites are helping more and more creatives make a living. This panel brings together founders of e-commerce platforms, a social-media director of product, and a photographer who has utilized these tools to discuss and debate this class of independent creative professionals, what’s working now, what’s missing, and where to go from here.
- Jen Bekman, Founder, CEO , 20x200
- Danielle Strle, Director of Product, Tumblr
- Claire Mazur, CEO, Founder, Of a Kind
- Jamie Beck, Photographer, co-creator of the Cinemagraph, Jamie Beck
Erica Cerulo, Co-founder and President, Of a Kind
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