Welcoming Cassie Marketos Back to Kickstarter

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 tool for artists and creators to fund and build community around their creative practice. It’s great to have her back. We asked Cassie to answer a few questions about herself.

Photo by Daniel Shea
Photo by Daniel Shea

 

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Last Call for Commissions

 

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 around the world. Their creative ventures have encompassed everything from making one-of-a-kind geometric paintings and architectural illustrations of backers’ childhood homes to composing one-minute songs, choreographing custom dance moves, and painting oh so many dog portraits.

Today, we’re sharing fifteen of the most imaginative Commissions projects we've seen so far. You can explore all live Commissions projects here — or launch one of your own by Thursday, November 30.

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New: View Kickstarter in Your Currency

Today we’re pleased to announce the ability for backers to see project goals and reward-tier amounts converted into the currency of their choice. With pledges coming from more than 175 countries — and nearly half of them made from outside the U.S. — this feature serves our growing community around the world.

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Introducing the New Drip

In 2012, the record label Ghostly International launched Drip as a way for people to support musicians through subscriptions. Though niche, Drip was a pioneering service. You could see the potential. Almost two years ago, Drip became a part of Kickstarter instead of shutting down.

Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Today we launch a new Drip for artists and creators across the full spectrum of disciplines we support on Kickstarter. Just as artists, authors, game designers, musicians, and filmmakers use Kickstarter to fund and build community around their projects, Drip is a tool for people to fund and build community around their ongoing creative practice.

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Welcoming Sarah Hromack and Jamie Wilkinson to Kickstarter

Today, I’m excited to announce two new leaders at Kickstarter in newly created roles.

Sarah Hromack joined us six weeks ago as Kickstarter’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, and Jamie Wilkinson joined us two weeks ago as our first-ever Chief Product Officer. Sarah and Jamie have both built distinguished careers working in service to artists and creators. We continue this journey together working to fulfill our mission to help bring creative projects to life.

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Five New Orleans Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter Projects to Mark the City’s Tricentennial

Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile
Poet Sunni Patterson, the subject of the short film Artist in Exile

This summer, Kickstarter joined forces with four film and artist support organizations in New Orleans — NOVAC, The New Orleans Film Society, #CreateLouisiana, and Film New Orleans — to form the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator. The plan? To help bring to life five films from local filmmakers about their city, ahead of NOLA’s 2018 Tricentennial celebration.

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Celebrating Five Years of Kickstarter in the UK

Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop, where everything's made of felt.
Lucy Sparrow's Cornershop, where everything's made of felt.

Five years ago today a Kickstarter team was supposed to be over in the UK celebrating our first international expansion. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy trapped them in a soggy New York. But the Kickstarter community in the UK quickly flourished regardless: In the last five years, 27,500 UK projects have launched, and they’ve attracted £168 million in pledges.

This felt like the right moment to look back at some of our favorite UK projects. It was a tough list to whittle down, but we hope it conveys the breadth of the creativity that has come out of Kickstarter in the UK, and the impact those projects have had at home and abroad. 

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Rough Cut: Apply to Host a Work-in-Progress Screening at Kickstarter HQ

Making movies is tough, but thrilling. And there’s nothing more thrilling for filmmakers than to see the fruits of their labor in post-production and eventually on to festivals and distribution. But there are countless challenges along the way, and filmmakers must to be able to step out of the edit and see their work on a larger format in order to be able to fine-tune it and, ultimately, lock picture.

Kickstarter’s Film team wants to ease the financial pressure on alumni filmmakers in post-production who are looking for a venue to screen their work. So, earlier this year, we decided to open our fifty-seat theater at our headquarters in Brooklyn to select Kickstarter alumni with films nearing completion. This gives them the chance to show their works-in-progress to funders, collaborators, and test audiences. For some of them, it will be the first time they see their work on a big screen.

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