One of the best parts of working at Kickstarter is getting to talk to people about their ideas. It's so inspiring to learn from passionate, creative people — it's the kind of thing that never gets old. Making tools and resources that help creators transform their great ideas into finished pieces that they can share with anyone, for us, is the icing on the cake.Read more
When we reincorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation in September of 2015 we spelled out a number of commitments in our PBC Charter. Among them was a pledge to donate 5% of our after-tax profit towards arts and music education, and to organizations fighting to end systemic inequality.
We’ll deliver our first annual benefit statement outlining how we’re approaching each of those commitments beginning in 2017. But we wanted to start supporting awesome organizations working to build a more creative and equitable world right away.
We recently made donations to four outstanding organizations with very different but complementary approaches to realizing that mission. We think they're all doing incredible work, and want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on them.Read more
Today Kickstarter turns seven. We’ll be celebrating tonight in Brooklyn with our friends, families, backers, and creators.
On past birthdays we’ve posted a Project Update on the company itself. Today we’re continuing the tradition by sharing what’s happened at Kickstarter this past year.
We’re 137 people. Most of us work in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our office is a former pencil factory where the legendary Blackwing pencil — endorsed by Vladimir Nabokov and Duke Ellington — was made.
The Kickstarter team includes some of the site’s biggest backers. Three employees are in the site’s top 20 backers: Tieg (#3 overall, 3,274 projects backed), James (#17, 1,789 backed), and myself (#20, 1,634 backed). Collectively we’ve made nearly 30,000 pledges to 12,900 projects. We like what we do.Read more
Kickstarter is a space for creative people to present and find support for new and imaginative ideas. Like many sites entrusted with hosting others’ content and personal information, we field intellectual property claims and government requests for user information. We’ve developed clear protocols for assessing and addressing each type of claim or request so they’re handled consistently and fairly. And by publishing an annual transparency report, we aim to shed light on process too often hidden from public view.Read more
Hollywood heavy hitters from the Coen Brothers to Patty Jenkins to Martin Scorsese all swear by the value of shooting their movies on real-deal film, and we’re right there with them. Today we’re excited to announce that Kickstarter has partnered with Eastman Kodak on a new initiative to help creators who want to shoot their projects on motion picture film stock. As digital methods of filmmaking become more and more prominent, there’s still an energetic group of filmmakers who feel the best way to present their work is by shooting in film, which allows them to achieve more layered texture and colors. However, film can be cost-prohibitive for many independent filmmakers. This new partnership will provide creators with discounted film stock and support them in launching impactful Kickstarter campaigns for their new film projects.
The Games community on Kickstarter is massive. There are card games galore, wrestling RPGs (a personal favorite), throwbacks to 2D point-and-click goodness, hardware ideas, soundtrack performances, custom dice, and so much more. When I worked on Kickstarter’s Support team, I was introduced to terms like a “brick” of playing cards, and frequently responded to requests for a Games digest email (it’s finally here!).
Aside from the tremendous amount of creativity behind this community, their knowledge of Kickstarter and excitement to share with one another is equally impressive. Here are some of the great stories and pointers that Games creators have shared over the years.Read more
Once you’ve figured out who you need to tell about your project, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll reach them. Lining up a solid promotion plan and key messages before you launch ensures that you’ll be spreading the word with a consistent voice and to the right people at the right time. Here’s how you can prepare ahead of time.Read more
Editor's note: We went, we played, we slayed. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a look inside the Kickstarter Games Dungeon —we took photos galore!
Come one, come all (as long as you're over 18) to the Kickstarter Games Dungeon!
Publishers, developers, and the games community at large are descending on Boston from April 22–24 for PAX East, one of the largest games events in North America — and we'll be there to host the Kickstarter Games Dungeon. From a 2D adventure through hell to an arcade-style indie music game featuring Tegan and Sara, METZ, and Metric to that game about exploding kittens, there'll be some seriously amazing Kickstarter-funded tabletop and video games for you to peruse, explore, and — of course — play.