The Kickstarter Blog

2014: The Second Quarter in Numbers

A lot has happened since April when we last took a look at the numbers — we threw a block party for the Kickstarter community, shared the Creator Handbook, created a page that collects over 100 Kickstarter-funded games, went to the White House Maker Faire with a dozen creators, and launched some new features to make starting a project even easier.

Here are the full numbers for Q2 (April 2 - July 1, 2014):

Dollars pledged to projects: $144,210,565
Average pledged per day: $1,584,731
Successfully funded projects: 5,716
Total backers: 1,132,329
New backers: 703,604

Here’s a snapshot of what April to July looked like:

By the Numbers:

1,000,000,000 dollars now pledged to successfully funded projects.

1,584,731 dollars pledged, on average, each day in Q2.

373,977 Project Updates were “liked” between April and July. That’s a lot of good updates!

105,857 people backed Reading Rainbow, which now holds the record for the Kickstarter project with the most backers.

11,724 people backed more than 10 projects.

1,073 Kickstarter-funded films were submitted to the Kickstarter Film Fest! (We watched every single one of them! See the final slate here.)

370 people backed more than 50 projects.

148 Kickstarter-funded games are available to Play Now! Here are some of the top picks from members of the community.

113 new sub-categories! We added everything from Space Exploration to Vegan Food to Mobile Games to Photojournalism, and more. Some might say there’s a sub-category for everything.

24 Kickstarter-funded products were featured in the MoMA Design Store.

20 works of art were featured in Kickstarter’s first art show! We included pieces by Jeremy Bailey, Swoon, Heather Hart, Howard Tangye, and the Marina Abramovic Institute.

11 people spoke with us for a story that answered the question Why there are so many wallets on Kickstarter?

10 new people joined the Kickstarter team between April and July.

3 Kickstarter-funded comics were nominated for Eisner Awards!

2 new featured categories were added. Say hello to Journalism and Crafts!

1 awesome block party went down! Thanks to the tens of thousands of people who came out to enjoy a beautiful day in Brooklyn. Relive it here.

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

Comments

    1. Creator Phil Simon on July 9, 2014

      An infographic here would be great, as well as some longitudinal data visualizations.

    2. Creator Docmac on July 9, 2014

      How about a playing cards category..
      Btw congrats on the quarter

    3. Creator Richard NL on July 11, 2014

      Missing from the statistics, as usual, is how many projects were launched, I can't help but imagine (or even know, based on the Technology type categories alone) that the number of projects launched has gone way up. Unfortunately, I suspect that the percentage that make goal would be down.

      I feel like the new rules - or lack thereof - are bringing the quality of Kickstarter down. Way down. I know you had to deal with all the criticism of why some projects were shut down, and why others weren't, especially when things blow up in the media painting Kickstarter in a negative light.

      But can there at least be *some* oversight to prevent things like the Sotro projects? Not 'the Sotro project' - I take no issue with the project itself - no, the plurality of it; They launched separate projects for spanish, german, french, japanese, bengali, chinese, arabic, portuguese, hindi, italian and I get the feeling they were forced to stop at 10.

      Not to mention the mashed potatoes (okay, positive PR pieces in the media, let's roll with it - right?), the time machines, the people who want to go time traveling, and B*tch - an app that is basically Yo, but that says B*tch instead (insert long rant about 'apps' here, considering the extremely low barrier to entry of the App / Play stores to begin with).

      Is this really what Kickstarter wants to be?

    4. Creator Michael C. Stewart on July 14, 2014

      Hey Docmac, there is a Playing Cards subcategory under Games!

      https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced…

    5. Creator Loretta Fontaine Castagna on August 5, 2014

      Yancy,

      Congrats on the billion! And yes, I shared when you posted the billion on Facebook.

      Can't wait for those 2014 THIRD quarter numbers!

    6. Creator Nestor Miyares on August 7, 2014

      It would be very useful to also see how many projects delivered their rewards. I have sponsored several projects that have been funded and delivered on their promised. I also feel that I have been taken advantage in some projects.

    7. Creator Charles Cooper on August 29, 2014

      I'd like to see the relationship between the date a project was funded, and the product/pledge delivery date. Raw data please - be interesting to see the relationships in the different categories, etc.