Fred Benenson

Moving on to Kickstarter

Fred Benenson, November 9th, 2009

Kickstarter LogoI started working full time for Creative Commons on June 2nd, 2008 just after finishing my masters at ITP. The last year and half has been an incredible experience as I’ve spent my time doing CC outreach, advocacy, and product development. But it is time for me to move on, and I’m excited to announce that starting December 1st, I’ll be working at NYC based start-up Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creators, and represents a refreshing way of thinking about supporting cultural production and creators. Most importantly, Kickstarter, like Creative Commons, offers a real mechanism for creators to connect with their supporters and share their work in a way that acknowledges the inevitabilities of digital media. Having launched and successfully funded my own project through Kickstarter, I know this platform works and I’m incredibly excited by its potential. But Kickstarter is also something that many of us in the free culture community have always dreamed of — a way to directly fund cultural production and its creators without resorting to leveraging scarcity and exclusivity.

I’m going to be doing very similar things at Kickstarter that I’ve been doing at CC: outreach, advocacy, some product, some community, some biz dev, and lots of pondering the future of culture and collaboration. But I’m also really looking forward to sharing a lot of the principles and relationships I developed at CC with my new colleagues, so if we’re currently working together on something, I’m sure we’ll still have plenty to talk about.

Working for Creative Commons has been fantastic, and I really couldn’t have imagined a better way or a better group of people to spend the last couple of years with, so it is not without some sadness that I’m leaving. So let’s stay in touch! Find me on twitter, check out my blog, or just drop me a line at fcb at

See you on the ole tubes!


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Outreach -> Product Manager

Fred Benenson, June 5th, 2009

CC Network LogoOver the last year I’ve been fortunate enough to work with individuals, organizations, and movements as Creative Commons’ Outreach Manager. Starting this week, I will be applying this experience to a new role at CC as our Product Manager for the Creative Commons Network. I’ll still be working in NYC and free to meet about CC, but will be primarily focused on developing new features and tools for our community.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, check out our press release and post announcing the network in October, and for those of you who have already joined, we should have some exciting announcements for you by the end of the year.

You can also join the CC Network now by donating.

For now, if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or questions about the Creative Commons Network, please don’t hesitate to get in contact: fred [at]


Creative Commons in Austin, TX at SXSW – March 13-17

Eric Steuer, March 9th, 2009

South by Southwest (SXSW) is right around the corner, and a few members of the Creative Commons staff (Melissa, Lila, Fred, and me) will be in attendance for the Interactive portion of the festival (March 13-17). We’ll be on hand to talk about CC’s work and projects, and we’d love to meet you. Here’s a short guide to some of the places you’ll be able to find us while we’re in Austin.

Trade Show: We’ll be working a booth at the SXSW Trade Show (Level 4, Grand Ballroom of the Austin Convention Center500 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701), which is open on Saturday, March 14 (Noon to 6pm), Sunday, March 15 (Noon to 6pm), and Monday, March 16 (Noon to 4pm). The four of us will be working in shifts, and there will always be someone around to talk to. We’ll have our usual flyers, stickers, and pins; we’ll also be offering CC t-shirts and a stock of brand new, limited edition flash drives (similar to the ones we offered as part of our 2008 fundraising drive collaboration with Jonathan Coulton – but these are purple!) in exchange for contributions to Creative Commons. We’ll also have a laptop stocked with a curated collection of CC-licensed media, including music from WFMU’s Free Music Archive and videos from the recently-announced Uncensored Interview project.

Talks: I’ll be participating in a panel discussion called “How to Protect Your Brand Without Being a Jerk!” on Monday, March 16th, 11:30am – 12:30pm, in Room 10 of the Austin Convention Center. Fred will be giving a talk entitled “DRM: The Fight Isn’t Over Yet” on Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, in Room Hilton D of the Austin Convention Center.

Party: We’ll be representing CC at Plutopia on Monday, March 16, 6pm – midnight at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704). Plutopia (previously discussed here) is a music, art, and performance party that we’ve attended for the last few years. It’s a great place to meet people interested in technology and art. Admission to the event is free for conference badge holders and $10 for the general public.

We hope to see you in Austin!

For details about attending SXSW, visit the conference’s registration page.

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