And the Grammy Nominees Are . . .

When Mary Lambert came to Kickstarter to make her very first EP in 2010, she offered a reward tier that would allow a backer to be her date to the Grammys. At the time, none of her 37 backers took her up on the offer — it required a pledge at the $1,000 level, which was half of her total goal. But in 2014, not only was Mary nominated for a Grammy, she even took the stage at the ceremony to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Kickstarter creators themselves!).

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The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers

Last night at 11:29pm EST, an inspired and visually striking photography project called “Falklands/Malvinas: One War, all Wars” became the 100,000th project to be successfully funded with Kickstarter. Using a system that didn’t exist just seven years ago, photographer Adriana Groisman and 282 of her supporters pushed another creative idea one step closer to reality.

In the 6 years, 9 months, and 10 days since Kickstarter launched, much has changed and much has remained the same. It still takes tremendous courage to step out on a limb, and try to create something entirely new. But from where we stand, the state of creativity is more encouraging than ever. To celebrate this milestone we took a look at 100 numbers behind those first 100,000 successfully funded projects. It's a list that reflects some of the best and brightest qualities of the Kickstarter community, and the creative spirit that animates it.

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Unsolicited Advice for Project Launch Week

Everyone at Kickstarter HQ knows that I'm a huge fan of planners and notebooks, and Adam J. Kurtz's (a.k.a. ADAMJK) are definitely one of my faves. Every year for the past four years, he's run a project for his "Unsolicited Advice" agendas. Each one is full of little quips, maxims, and exercises to keep you motivated throughout the year. This year's even came with stickers. Who doesn't love stickers? 

We're always coming up with different suggestions and tools to help creators through the process of starting their projects, but nothing comes close to this thorough planner of sorts that Adam has put together for us. (Sorry, no stickers in this post.) –– Carol

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Introducing Badges for Projects We Love

To date, there have been more than 280,000 creative projects on Kickstarter — phew! Whether you’re a backer looking to find great ideas, or a creator looking for inspiration for your own project (or both), we want to help you find compelling ideas that are thoughtfully presented, exciting, and that bring communities together. With this in mind, we’re excited to introduce Projects We Love, a simple way for us to feature projects that go the extra mile.

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Creator Hangouts talks Immersive Theater with Tassos Stevens

Our last Creator Hangout brought us face-to-face with Tassos Stevens, the founder, runner, and artistic director of Coney, a troupe that specializes in immersive theater. What does Coney consider immersive theater? Imagine a performance that takes place in the heart of your town or city, guided by prompts from a phone call. Intrigued? Hear what Tassos had to say about Coney's past Kickstarter projects, and something new that's in the works:

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Ein paar Tips für deinen Projektstart von den zweifachen Projektgründern aus der Designagentur THINKS

We recently had some great Creator Hangouts with German creators. Here are some of the highlights for our German-speaking friends!

Was sind die kleinen Dinge, die man noch vor dem Kampagnenstart machen kann, um auf Kickstarter erfolgreich zu werden? Florian Goetzke und Lennart Rieper von der Hamburger Design Agentur THINKS erzählten uns, wie sie sich auf ihre Kampagne für das Projekt Towell vorbereitet haben. Hier sind drei ihrer tollen Tricks.

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