The Kickstarter Blog

2014: The First Quarter in Numbers

With a quarter of 2014 behind us, it’s time to update you on what’s happened at Kickstarter so far this year. In the past three months alone, 4,497 projects have been successfully funded by 887,848 backers. People have backed everything from a restoration of Abraham Lincoln’s couch to Neil Young’s new music device, Pono.

Here are the full numbers for Q1:

Dollars pledged to projects: $112,038,158
Average pledged per day: $1,244,868
Successfully funded projects: 4,497
Total backers: 887,848
New backers: 679,413

2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kickstarter. Here’s a snapshot of what January to March looked like.

By the numbers:

1,244,868 dollars were pledged, on average, each day in 2014 so far. 

91,585 people backed Veronica Mars, which opened in 291 theaters. We talked with 16 fans for this oral history of Veronica Mars

4,497 projects successfully reached their funding goals from January through March. 

223 people came to our Open House last week. (Thanks for coming!) 

333 Kickstarter-funded places to eat and drink are on this handy map we made. 

53 Kickstarter-funded movie theaters are on that same map. Dinner and a movie, anyone? 

15 new people joined the Kickstarter team in the first quarter of this year, our biggest period of team growth to date. We welcomed 3 new customer support specialists, and 4 members of our Creator’s team. (Did you know: We have 17 people whose full time job it is to talk to creators about their projects? Hit us up!

12 Kickstarter-funded films have screened in our new Brooklyn office, including I Used to Be Darker, 12 O’Clock Boys, The Duck, Veronica Mars, The Lord of Catan, and Ghost Line. More info on future screenings to come! 

7 Kickstarter-funded films have been nominated for Oscars! This year the excellent doc The Square was up for Best Documentary Feature. You can — and should — watch it here

2 creators took home Grammys in February: Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Roomful of Teeth. In all, 4 Kickstarter projects were nominated for Grammys this year. 

1 billion dollars have been pledged to Kickstarter projects, as of March 4. We built a fun page to celebrate the enormous milestone.

For more, check out the Kickstarter Stats page, updated at least once a day with the raw data behind Kickstarter.

Comments

    1. Creator Jeremy Horwitz on April 2, 2014

      Thank you for everything you do, Kickstarter team!

    2. Creator Justin P. Russo on April 2, 2014

      Successfully funded in March. We couldn't have done it without you!!!

    3. Creator Bobby Davis on April 2, 2014

      Outstanding!

    4. Creator Rick Wright on April 2, 2014

      Y'all have helped change da World .
      You ROCK !!!

      Much Aloha and mahalo

    5. Creator Sara Botsford and CB Brown on April 2, 2014

      This is just great news for everyone. Well done Kickstarter!

    6. Creator Deborah Schumacher on April 2, 2014

      I'd love to see # of refunds issues, or number of projects gone bankrupt

    7. Creator Vincent White on April 2, 2014

      I agree with deborah.. I backed a few bad ones that purposely took money. Kickstarter should start compiling a black list to at least shame some folks and give backers a resource to check against so they dont strike again.

    8. Creator David Gaipa on April 2, 2014

      It looks like 2014 is going to be a year full of more records! Upward and onward!!!

    9. Creator Dan Vedda on April 2, 2014

      Congratulations on stunning figures. Again. All this, and the incredible community of supporters and creators you've helped to build. It's a very intense job done very well, and I challenge anyone to do it better than you guys. Thanks.

    10. Creator Robert D. Jansen on April 3, 2014

      My projects did much better last year. Would like to know the estimated impact of Kickstarter being hacked. Can you compare this year Q1 to last year Q1, standardized, of course Thanks.

    11. Creator Tom Dudderidge on April 3, 2014

      Incredible - making the world a better place for creators and backers alike! Thanks Kickstarter!

    12. Creator Renee Launer on April 3, 2014

      We started our business with nothing but a PC (running Linux, of course) - we used a Hackerspace to prototype our designs, Kickstart*r got us funding and customers, Lasersaur (a Kickstarted project) supplied our equipment, all of our CAD designs, Web site, etc is based around OpenSourced hardware. 100% of what we do is on the Internet. With two successful Kickstarter projects, we made enough in the first year to double the size of our business and buy a new house to put it in! Our business is now my wife's sole income - and I expect to chuck in my day job to help out next year.

      Geek culture has finally reached the place it always wanted to be. You can go from nothing to a stable, profitable business in under a year using nothing more than your brain and free 'stuff'.

      Kickstarter is an important cog in that machine - so keep up the good work guys!

      Now...what's all this about Bitcoin?

    13. Creator j rick morgan on April 3, 2014

      My question for Yancey Strickler is, why do you censor the Gosnell film project which aims to produce a documentary about the mass murderer in Phili' who abused women for 30 years with aid from authorities ??
      I am all behind the group financing of independant thinkers and creative types and have seen some pretty far fetched and questionable projects financed through KS. Are you going to only enable projects which portray one ideological viewpoint or does your inclusiveness exclude certain subjects ?
      What are your criteria for who gets to kickstart a project and who doesn't ??

    14. Creator Jason Rostro on April 5, 2014

      Thanks for everything you do Kickstarter.

      You bring a great platform for people to expand there ideas and we also get the chance to explore new projects not just in or backyard but around the world.

      I really appreciate this.

      Keep up the great work and never stop what you are doing just expand in it.

    15. Creator Glory be to God on April 5, 2014

      Thank you All. you made me a millionnaire.

    16. Creator Michael Bernard on April 6, 2014

      I can become a millionaire too!!

    17. Creator Peter Beckman on April 8, 2014

      Sorry to see Kickstarter is following the lead of Mozilla down the road of leftist mob rule:
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/08/kickstarter-abortion-movie-gosnell-mozilla-ceo-column/7478239/

    18. Creator Brad Dancer on April 9, 2014

      Congrats, guys. I do wish you would do more to protect fraud on both backers and creators - and do more to be involved when projects go bad You pretend you aren't part of the process - but you are, its time to step up and take more responsibility.

    19. Creator Vesper on April 11, 2014

      Thank you for making it so easy to support things we like! Keep up the great work.

    20. Creator كيمو نور on April 12, 2014

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    21. Creator Jeffrey Clark on April 15, 2014

      Up, Up and Away :)

    22. Creator brian r on May 30, 2014

      The Contact Us link on the website seems to think topics are just related to pressing issues that needs resolving. I don't see any way of sending Kickstarter suggestions aside from plopping them here in some blob comment section...