The Kickstarter Blog

Five million backers!

We’re excited to share that Kickstarter recently crossed two incredible milestones: More than 50,000 creative projects have been successfully funded, and more than five million people from around the world have backed a project. 

Here's a rundown of some fresh stats: 

Total Money Pledged: $848,707,743.37
Total Pledges: 11,379,607
Successfully Funded Projects: 50,755
Funding Success Rate: 43.84%

Over the past four-plus years, more than $848 million has been pledged to projects on Kickstarter. At our current pace, Kickstarter will pass $1 billion in pledges early next year, sometime before our fifth birthday. 

A billion dollars is an insane amount of money, but in practice these funds are pledged and distributed in much smaller increments. The most common pledge on Kickstarter is $25 (and has been for most of our existence), and the majority of successfully funded projects raise less than $10,000.

Kickstarter's bread and butter remains projects that raise less than $10,000, and many of these projects have gone on to do great things. Room 237, a Sundance-award winning documentary about The Shining, and FUBAR 2, a graphic novel that hit the NY Times Best Sellers list, raised less than $10,000 and went on to receive critical praise and reach a wide audience. We hear stories like these all the time. 

There have been blockbusters, too: 861 projects have raised more than $100,000 and 50 projects have raised more than $1 million. They range from new games, albums, and films to innovative projects that will literally explore space. People are constantly finding new ways to use Kickstarter. 


Total Backers: 5,041,067
Repeat Backers: 1,473,393 (29% of backers)

Of course none of these projects could have happened without backers. People in more than 90% of the countries on Earth have backed a Kickstarter project. Overall, more than 5 million people have backed a Kickstarter project, and almost 1.5 million people have backed two or more projects (repeat backers, as we call them).

People who come to Kickstarter to back a project often go on to back other projects. Some back a lot of projects. More than 41,000 people have backed 25 or more projects. More than 2,400 have backed 100 or more projects. And there are even eight people (two of whom work at Kickstarter), who have backed more than 1,000 projects.

 This community of repeat backers is big and getting bigger. Their pledges make up more than 60% of all money pledged on Kickstarter. In all, they’ve pledged $512 million to projects.

The generosity and support that these five million backers have shown to creators is incredible. A backer’s contribution to a project is much more than financial. They’re literally helping people fulfill their dreams and bring new works into the world. What could be better than that? 

For more data on Kickstarter and how our system works, visit our Stats page, which shares the raw data behind Kickstarter and is updated daily. Thanks!

Comments

    1. Creator Cyrille Baudouin on October 29, 2013

      Let's Kickstart the futur !

    2. Creator Benjamin Kay on October 29, 2013

      Nice!!! We want our project on Kickstarter notifycity.com on Kickstarter but keeps getting declined?

    3. Creator Benjamin Kay on October 29, 2013

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    4. Creator Dan Balkwill on October 29, 2013

      Proud to be one of those 41,837 people that have backed 25+ projects. So many new singers that I have discovered (and helped) from KickStarter.

    5. Creator David Gaipa on October 29, 2013

      Proud to be in that 2,400 that have backed more than 100 projects. Getting darn close to the cluster of 8 super people though...

    6. Creator IOnly LoveMusic on October 29, 2013

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    7. Creator Freshy Nosoap on October 29, 2013

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    8. Creator XOWi Inc. on October 30, 2013

      Nice and congrats! Does anyone have stats per category?

    9. Creator Ava Marie Carmichael on October 31, 2013

      That's AMAZING! Kickstarter is an invaluable resource. Thanks so much!!

    10. Creator Chelle Destefano on October 31, 2013

      Me too Dan, proud to be one of the 41k of people backing more than 25 projects :-) Kickstarter is one of my favourite websites all the time now. So many amazing projects. I cant wait to put mine up on Kickstarter, excited much! :-) thank u Kickstarter for being born :-)

    11. Creator Isaiah Jay on October 31, 2013

      That's excellent! May The Good Lord continually bless those of you who bless us as creators! He loves you! I love you! Thank you!

    12. Creator vikMage on November 1, 2013

      Here's to the Kickstarter Team, the Backers & the Creators!

    13. Creator Tomer Ilan on November 1, 2013

      AMAZING!
      Congrats!
      Shell kickstater live forever!

    14. Creator James Bailey on November 1, 2013

      Congratulations to the Kickstarter team, you guys have created an amazing service that we are trying to emulate for the charity space!

      Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to all of the www.zequs.com team!

    15. Creator Aaron Carrell on November 1, 2013

      We've all helped some great ppl do some great things!!!

    16. Creator David Rassat on November 1, 2013

      Thanks for making dreams a reality for so many people...that's very cool.

    17. Creator Jody on November 1, 2013

      Hi~We would like to place a project on Kickstarter, but can you please clarify something for us...do we need to market and get our own followers to fund the project and you just offer a platform? Or do you have an outreach who you notify about projects who fund these? Curious what is expected from us as far as marketing to get people to our page - if it's a combination of your outreach and us or if it's just us getting people to our page? Our email is tjdahl@midrivers.com if you can email it. Thanks!

    18. Creator Caroline 'Ilima on November 1, 2013

      That's amazing! This is a blessing for people's hopes and aspirations to become a living and breathing reality. I hope that a handful of those backers can bring our project to life. SO thankful for the one's that already generously have for http://bit.ly/mknbrBook Thank you Kickstarter! I/We have so so so much riding on the success of this project. Thank you for the opportunity.

    19. Creator UrbanForageWinery&CiderHouse on November 2, 2013

      We are in a planning phase to start a new business that my husband has been passionate since college days-Urban Cider and Wine House. His plan is to use local available fruits and flowers to make wine and cider which is Eco-friendly. He has been Brewing 5-15 gallons wine and cider every year since first year of college and he is 41 years now and still doing it. Every one who drinks his wine and cider has been suggesting him to open Winery. Finally, from last year we decided at least we give it a try. We found about Kickstarter and we were so happy about it.We are thinking about to place a project on Kickstarter.. It will be awesome if some folks who used kickstarter and succeeded give us tips to market to be successful. Thank you very much Kickstarter team for making it possible for so many people to pursue their life dream.

    20. Creator Eric Rintamaki on November 3, 2013

      The real question is how many of those projects which have been funded have ended up delivering?

    21. Creator AAAttar on November 4, 2013

      Great simple platform where innovative minds can get simple idea to fruit.
      For quality control, let the 5 million backers share their feed back, promote their ideas for better quality that were missed in the first release.

      All the best.

    22. Creator Laurens Laudowicz on November 5, 2013

      Awesome stats! Glad that we could make a little bump with our JUICIES+ project. Looking forward to manufacturing and then shipping. Then maybe another project in 2014 :-) Aloha from Honolulu.

    23. Creator RG Bullet on November 6, 2013

      Amazing numbers! We just started ours -- I BUG YOU

    24. Creator Luigi Gobbo on November 8, 2013

      Its really heartwarming to see how people can stand for something they belive in! Thank you for the platform!

    25. Creator Jigsaw Furnishings on November 8, 2013

      This is awesome! Thanks Kickstarter.

    26. Creator Đthvn Vnmqt Sometime on November 8, 2013

      scam. Why do u waste on this project to rich people than helping the other poor in the streets ?

    27. Creator Bobby Marhamat on November 9, 2013

      Its really heartwarming to see how people can stand for something they belive in! Thank you for the platform!

    28. Creator Mark Antony Cronin on November 10, 2013

      You have revolutionized how people create, that is a fantastic legacy. Those stats are great! A big thanks from us all here in the UK.

    29. Creator Kendra and Audrey Malone (deleted) on November 20, 2013

      This is interesting. It would be nice see these type of stats for our individual campaigns, though.

    30. Creator ShopRagHouse on November 26, 2013

      Thanks, Kickstarter! We are so thrilled to have the chance to fund our project via Kickstarter! Keep rocking!

    31. Creator Sean Hughes on December 18, 2013

      I am about to launch my first kickstarter project and to see those statistics makes me believe that Kickstarter is the right place. Congrats

    32. Creator Joel et Monique Bautista on December 24, 2013

      HI everone, we have launched “ KREMAS” one of our Haitian delights recently on Kickstarter, and we believe even if we go to family and friends we need OTHER PEOPLE TO ENJOY in a more easier way to discover projects, or they wont hear about them until it is too late, they maybe interested if you let them know by email on newsletter for example..

    33. Creator Jeffrey Karlberg and Doug Cripps on December 26, 2013

      I have started a project here as well. I heard great things. I hope to get funded. Good luck to all of you on your projects. This is the future of venture capitalists

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    40. Creator UrbanForageWinery&CiderHouse on October 31, 2014

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