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  1. Supporting an Open Internet

    Kickstarter was built on the foundation of an open Internet. We — like Twitter, Wikipedia, and everything awesome on the Web — would not exist without it. The more than 65,000 (and counting!) creative ideas that have been brought to life with Kickstarter depend on a free and open Internet.

    On Sunday I wrote a Washington Post opinion piece sharing Kickstarter's thoughts on how important Net Neutrality is to the future of the Internet, and today we filed an official comment with the FCC. As citizens of the Internet and believers in innovation, we’re proud for Kickstarter to wave this flag. We hope others will also voice their opposition to get the attention of the FCC before they make a decision this fall.

    It’s easy to get lost in the minutiae and cynicism of the Net Neutrality debate. It’s everything we hate about politics: money trumping common sense, and the loudest voices being those with the cash to hire lobbyists. Unfortunately, just believing in the common good rarely translates into political influence. But sometimes it does — as we saw with the SOPA victory in 2012, our voices can be powerful when we use them together.

    As John Oliver so brilliantly implored us to do, we can all share our feelings with the FCC directly on their site, or through the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s tool. The deadline for this round of comments is July 15.

    The Internet as we know it depends on an open Web with equal access for all. That core principle is very much in doubt. Please join us in making a stand — for everyone's sake. Thanks.

  2. 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.

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