ibtm events announced this week Yancey Strickler, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunding website Kickstarter, as the second high-profile keynote speaker at its milestone 30th ibtm world event, taking place in Barcelona from 28-30 November.Yancey’s session, entitled ‘Resist and thrive, how new models and ways of thinking can beat the status quo,’ will take place on 28 November at 09:00 hrs. Yancey will draw on his almost decade-long experience in Kickstarter to explain the company’s unique history, its revolutionary decision to put its values ahead of profits, and share secrets on how the company formulates its innovative strategies. Kickstarter, co-founded by Yancey in 2009, was part of the crowdfunding revolution and helped to change the way people fund and build communities around creative and world-changing ideas. “The insights and learnings Yancey will share with our audience will be invaluable as he explains how this incredibly successful modern company provides a platform for creative ideas to thrive whilst retaining a strong social conscience”, Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, comments. “Knowledge is a key driver in our industry and we continue to be committed to enabling our attendees to be exposed to inspirational ideas and concepts that can tangibly add value to their business life and personal development. It’s very important that we look outside of our industry for this sort of content, and that we bring in speakers who can really inspire our audience. Disruptors such as Yancey can challenge us to do things differently, and I’m hugely looking forward to what I’m sure will be a provocative talk with some exceptional take-away learnings for attendees.” Themes for the 2017 Knowledge Programme include Industry trends; Engagement & experiences; Safety, security and risk management; Innovation, disruption and technology; Sustainability and CSR; Professional & staff development and Business development and strategy. The flagship show, at Fira Gran Via Barcelona, saw almost 15,000 delegates to the event in 2016.