The Kickstarter Blog

Starting a Project Just Got Easier

Thinking about starting a project? It’s now easier and more fun than ever.

Before you log in, you'll now see a page that lets you play around with keywords that might help you figure out where your project fits in the Kickstarter universe. The design was inspired by one of our favorite childhood games: Mad Libs. Can you tell?

You can use this to refine your concept, or to help you find a perfect category fit. Or maybe it’ll just be a fun distraction as you take the necessary steps to begin creating.

After that, you'll be directed to our project builder, where you can describe your project, add media and rewards, and even generate a preview to get feedback from your friends. Feel free to click around and start building. Don't worry, your draft will be saved as long as you need.

Get started!

Comments

    1. Creator Tom Frye on April 18, 2014

      I tried to Start a Project, and it kept sending me to a screen with titles of Basics, About You, etc at the top, but then a blank page. I tried clicking on a number of these categories and still received a blank page. How does one go about Starting a Project if the program isn't even working?

    2. Creator Ryan on April 22, 2014

      How about making it a bit harder to scam people? I don't think people have any problem creating Kickstarters. The real problem is holding managers accountable. icontrolpad2 is an example. We have no voice because it costs too much for us to individually sue the managers. When scammers find it easy to create bogus projects, nobody wins.

    3. Creator quigonj on April 23, 2014

      Apparently it's easier unless you want to make a project about the sanctity of life. That's TWICE now you've refused to allow projects that describe the horror of abortion, and a third time and a lot of us will have to stop using your service. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

    4. Creator Jonathan Kolodner on June 1, 2014

      To some of the detractors of Kickstarter, especially those who complain about scammers:

      There's this saying, 'caveat emptor', which basically means "let the buyer beware". Kickstarter is not different from the rest of the world, and that principle still applies here.

      This is an idea-investment platform. It is not a store. There was vaporware before Kickstarter, and there is vaporware all the time that has nothing to do with Kickstarter. Lots of ideas get investment, but only a few businesses and commercial projects succeed.

      I for one am glad that Kickstarter is making it easier for people to seek financial support for their ideas among a broad audience, rather than being limited to the people they can call/email/talk to in person in their small town. Kickstarter has started a movement that will change the finance industry- and it's starting with making projects possible for creative people so they can live a life in pursuit of meaningful self-directed work, not beholden to either 1) a corporate employer or 2) the wealthy patrons who traditionally supported art.

      Nobody is making you pledge a project. If you think it's going to flop, then don't invest in it. If someone fails to deliver on their best of intentions, remember that failure happens spectacularly in every realm of business, to businesses large and small. "BP oil-spill" ring any mental bells? How about "the London Whale"?

      In response to the complaint about a particular project by "Ryan", looking at the project page, it looks like the most anyone would be out is $600, with the vast majority of backers out $75 or less.

      Did the project flop? did they make some bad decisions? Absolutely. Is it a big deal? No, not really. It's a hell of a lot better than what happens when bigger businesses over promise and under deliver. You know what that is? A stock crash.