Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects ranging from independent films, civic engagement, music, journalism, food-related projects and much more. Kickstarter facilitates gathering monetary resources from the general public.

People come to Kickstarter to build community around their projects. At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from people they’ve long admired, and discovering things that make them laugh and smile.

Every project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards.

Project creators must meet Kickstarter’s guidelines to launch, choose a deadline and a determine a minimum goal of funds to raise. If the chosen goal is not gathered by the deadline, no funds are collected. Money pledged by donors is collected using Amazon payments.

Kickstarter takes 5% of the funds raised and Amazon charges an additional 3–5%. Unlike many other crowdfunding platforms for fundraising or investment, Kickstarter claims no ownership over the projects and the work they produce.

Kickstarter was founded in 2008 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. Since launching in April 2009 Kickstarter has claimed –

  • $250 million pledged to projects
  • 2 million people have backed a project
  • 27,000 projects successfully funded

Kickstarter was named by TIME Magazine as one of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010” and “50 Best Websites of 2011“.

Learn more about how Kickstarter works at the the company’s FAQ page.

Want to get the raw data on Kickstarter? Visit the Kickstarter stats page. The Stats page is updated daily.


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