Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life". Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.9 billion in pledges from 9.4 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects.

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  • Some Kickstarter creators have built up quite a following over time. The writer and publisher Elly Blue, for example, has launched 25 projects, with new fans discovering her work all along the way. So we thought, why not make it easier for people to find specific creators on Kickstarter and check out their latest projects?Now, when you use the search tool on our site, you’ll see the names of some ...

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  • 15 student projects from University of Illinois at Chicago School of Design Every year, we look forward to seeing students from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design launch Kickstarter campaigns as the final project for their Entrepreneurial Product Development class. For most, it’s their first experience with designing and offering an original product, and we love seeing Kickst...

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  • Today, I’m happy to announce the appointment of Fabrice Nadjari as our newest Kickstarter Fellow. Originally from Paris, Fabrice trained as an engineer and a sociologist, specializing in innovation. He then pursued a globe-spanning career as an independent creator and entrepreneur — with his work taking him to places like Bolivia, Bhutan, and the Central African Republic. In 2011, he and a childho...

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  • What do a reggae legend, a nine-piece vocal ensemble, a Cajun songwriter, and a MacArthur Genius all have in common? They’ve all funded Grammy-nominated albums on Kickstarter. These creators — Lee “Scratch” Perry, Roomful of Teeth, Jo-El Sonnier, and Miguel Zenón, respectively — are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kickstarter talent acknowledged by the Recording Academy. Over the year...

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  • Fred Benenson was Kickstarter’s second employee and ran our data team before leaving in 2016 to explore new things. Today, we're happy to announce that he’s coming back for a bit as a Kickstarter Fellow. Fred’s wide-ranging curiosity about technology and culture has taken him down some surprising paths. In fact, before he joined Kickstarter, Fred was already a Kickstarter creator. Emoji Dick, hi...

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  • Today we’re excited to welcome Andy Baio back to Kickstarter. Andy’s a longtime member of the Kickstarter family. He advised us early on, helping us build Kickstarter before we even launched! And we even convinced him to serve as our very first CTO afterwards. Andy’s a creator, full-stop. He embodies the spirit of independence that Kickstarter is proud to stand for, and he’s brought several great...

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  • Sisyphus Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation are bringing Hardware Studio to CES in Las Vegas, January 9-13. The massive annual gathering tends to focus on the rollout of shiny new gadgets, but we wanted to do something a little different. We’ll be live streaming conversations with designers, engineers, and makers about how the innovative hardware products that CES celebrates get made, an...

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  • 2017 has been a thrilling year for the Kickstarter Film team. It began at the Sundance Film Festival, where Jennifer Brea’s Unrest won a major jury award, and ended with the theatrical release of Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film. In between, we saw Kickstarter-funded features, documentaries, and web series enter the world, changing and reinventing the way stories a...

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  • Inside Pussy Riot, brought to life with the help of 971 backers in 2017. 2017 was a consequential year. For many people, it was a challenging year. But it was also a year in which people made art that amplified new and underrepresented voices, brought communities together, and engaged in important conversations. Kickstarter creators were an integral part of those conversations. This year, creat...

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  • Our Fall 2017 residents This fall, we welcomed fifteen Kickstarter creators to our office in Brooklyn, NY, as part of our Creators-in-Residence program. The residents settled into their desks in September, and immediately got to work in our theater, recording studio, and meeting rooms. They organized events, developed new work, and partnered with Kickstarter staffers who served as their mentors...

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  • Sarah, the !llstrumentalist In 2015, Mike Butera and the Artiphon team launched the Instrument 1 on Kickstarter. Their goal was to create a “multi-instrument” that could be played like a guitar, violin, piano, or sampler — giving music-makers an interface that was as flexible and customizable as the digital sounds it controlled. That vision resonated with more than 3,300 backers, who helped the...

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  • A nudge to get creating in 2018.Last January we launched Make 100, a creative prompt focused on limited editions of 100. The idea was to start the year with a new project and a commitment to creating. Over 470 creators participated, making everything from photobooks to 3D-printed lamps to handmade tapestries, and much more.We loved ringing in the new year with this burst of creative energy. That...

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  • Green Top Farms Hunger, nutrition, factory farming, food waste, labeling issues, commensality… When people say our food system is broken, it’s shorthand for a myriad of interrelated issues. These problems are complex, and it’s easy to feel as though they’re insurmountable. But we believe that through collaboration and the ingenuity of independent creators, solutions are within reach.Today, Kick...

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  • Visual artist Rachel Sussman talks about her Oldest Living Things in the World series, thinking deeply about time and space, and what she hopes people take away from her work. Subscribe to her on Drip: https://d.rip/rachel-sussman

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  • Today we're happy to announce that Cassie Marketos is joining Kickstarter as our Vice President of Community Strategy. A lot of that happiness has to do with the fact that Cassie is really not so new. She was Kickstarter’s first official employee, before there was even a Kickstarter office. In this newly created role, much of her focus will be on nurturing the community we’re building at Drip, a t...

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  •   This November, we challenged creators to take part in Commissions, an open call for collaborative projects.The idea was simple: Artists, designers, and makers could run Kickstarter projects that invited their supporters to pledge for rewards made especially for them, using their input and ideas in the creative process.So far, we’ve seen over 150 Commissions projects launch from creators...

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