Kickstarting the Conversation – An Interview with KATE BERNYK, Senior Director of Communications

It was recently reported that Kickstarter plans to adopt blockchain technology into the way they operate, taking place sometime in 2022.

Despite reports that Kickstarter's open-source protocol will be built on the blockchain platform Celo, which claims its network is carbon-negative, there was a negative reaction from independent comic creators on Twitter. Byron O'Neal reached out to Kickstarter to try and get a better understanding of what exactly this means for the future of Kickstarter.

We're extremely grateful to Kickstarter for their willingness to have this exchange and to Kate Bernyk for her time and responses. We're hoping that this interview may help answer some of the questions creators and fans have after the initial news.

COMIC BOOK YETI: Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I really appreciate it and know the details are all a little bit hazy for you right now. Mainly I'd like to focus on clarity and helping comics creators who are experiencing some knee-jerk anxiety right now. With the understanding that you might not even know some of the answers just yet, here are my questions: Why transition to blockchain technology at all? Was there something inefficient with the existing system that necessitated the change? KATE BERNYK: To truly serve our mission, we need to build on what made Kickstarter so innovative in the first place: the power of a large network of people working together towards a common goal. The open-source protocol will essentially create a decentralized version of Kickstarter’s core functionality. This will live on a public blockchain, and be available for collaborators, independent contributors, and even Kickstarter competitors, from all over the world to build upon, connect to, or use.