Kickstarter Creators Lifted by Amazon Launchpad

Eleven million people from all over the world have now funded more than 100,000 creative projects on Kickstarter. Together they’ve marshaled the power of community to support independent voices, turned imaginative ideas into realities, and begun to shape the world around us. Creators behind hundreds of these projects are getting a lift today thanks to Amazon Launchpad — a program that helps startups and other creators launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of customers across the globe.

 

Getting a creative idea off the ground is often just the first step. Amazon Launchpad is a chance for creators to be discovered by new audiences, and to serve those audiences well by using Amazon’s retail expertise and infrastructure. The program offers custom product pages, comprehensive marketing support, and access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network.

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Pointers for Sharing your Prototype

Over the years we’ve seen hundreds of outstanding design and technology creators share engaging behind-the-scenes documentation of their projects. Providing backers with a clear sense of where their project stands, and what a first hand experience with a new technology looks like, is what distinguishes them from other campaigns.

Backers on Kickstarter are more than just consumers, they’re your collaborators, and sharing openly about your project can enable you to build strong relationships with the most passionate and demanding members of your community.

Our Design and Technology team has distilled a list of best practices to help you start documenting your next design or technology project. These aren’t just core to our guidelines, they’re also the winning strategy of any great campaign.

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12 Tips on Shipping Rewards

Packages being shipped off to backers by the The League of Ladies team
Packages being shipped off to backers by the The League of Ladies team

 

Thinking of fun, imaginative rewards is a must for every project creator, but so is planning how you’ll ship them. There’s no perfect way to calculate what your exact shipping costs will be, or where most of your backers will be located, but it definitely helps to do some research before you launch your project. We’ve pulled together a list of tips from Campus, posts written by creators, and a few other places to help you get ahead of the shipping game.

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Kickstarter at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

July has arrived, and with it comes that monolithic manifestation of all things comics and pop culture known as Comic-Con International. Its exhibit halls, awards, panels, and programming are positively packed with Kickstarter projects and creators. In celebration of said projects and creators, here are some of the Kickstarter-related goings-on at this year’s Comic-Con.

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The Project Review Process: From Submitting to Getting Approved

A big part of the work that we do on the Community Education team is checking in with other teams to understand any feedback that we're getting from you –– our community. One area that brings up a lot of questions is our project review process. This post will address the most frequently asked questions we get about project review and highlight some helpful pointers from our Integrity and Support teams. They’re the pros that review all of the projects that come our way and answer many questions about our rules. Together, we've pulled together everything you need to know about the project review process.

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Black Lives Matter

The tragedies that have taken place this past week in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas have been heartbreaking, and infuriating. Painfully, they are not events isolated to this moment. Racial inequality is systemic, racial prejudice is pervasive, and racial injustice is overwhelming. The unbearable atrocities they precipitate are far too frequent.

But that truth is not inevitable. Speaking up matters. Standing together matters. Peace and understanding and common purpose matter. We stand with #BlackLivesMatter, and with the friends and families of all those affected by these tragedies. 

Please learn more and get involved here.

 

Hey, UK! Kickstarter + The Guardian are hosting five talks, just for you.

Since our UK launch in 2012, we’ve been (delightfully) overwhelmed with the number of brilliant creative projects coming from communities all over the UK. And on the heels of passing £100 million in funding for UK projects, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Guardian Live, featuring a series of five talks to be held in London and Edinburgh from July through November.

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