Michael Stewart

Community | Marketing | Strategy

I collaborate with creators and brands, helping them grow and speak to their communities as well as produce and showcase their work.

About

Hello! I'm Michael. 🏄

What do penguins, Jim Henson, and Dorothy's ruby slippers have in common?

Me! In my 7 years at Kickstarter, I partnered with hundreds of incredible independent creators, brands, and institutions working on exciting creative projects, including the AZA, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Smithsonian. My last two years there were spent as the Director of Outreach for the platform's Food vertical, supporting cookbook authors, product designers, CPG/RTD creators and more. It's rewarding to help launch a brand and then watch it explode in popularity; many creators I worked with now have thriving DTC businesses or products that can be found on the shelves at Whole Foods.

Following Kickstarter I spent over a year focused on Marketing and Business Development at Glitch, helping to build out their partner portfolio and finding creative ways to grow the brand. I led relationships with teams at Twitter, Google, Slack, and many other orgs, while simultaneously project managing things like our partner events and video shoots.

I currently lead Marketing and Sales for Zumo Labs, a Y Combinator-backed startup pioneering synthetic training data solutions for computer vision models. It's fascinating technology, and if you work in the machine learning space and would like to learn more about synthetic data, please reach out.

In 2020 I moved from Brooklyn, NY to Asheville, NC, with my wife and daughter. I still occasionally mentor indie creators, so if you have questions, please feel free to reach out.

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P.S. If we meet at a party (lol imagine an IRL party, right?) some things I'd be excited to chat about:
running, environmental issues, birds, weird art, D&D, accessibility, and food—especially vegan/vegetarian food.

Contact

If you'd like to get in touch, please reach out via email.