The crowdfunding pioneer on workplace transparency, "broken promises" and YouTube's prospects for a fan-sourced venture.

When Kickstarter moved into Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood in January, renovating a former pencil factory into 29,000 square feet of high-tech office space that includes a theater, library and rooftop garden penthouse (price tag: $7.5 million), employees of the 5-year-old company -- and its newly named CEO Yancey Strickler, 35 -- seemed to still be metaphorically pinching themselves.

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