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Are people more likely to back creators who have backed other projects?

I'm curious to see what other people think, if you see a project where someone has not backed any other projects are you less likely to back it? Or, seeing someone has backed other projects (perhaps even very many of them) are you more likely to back a project?

I'd be interesteed to hear why people would or would not be more/less likely.

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Kristen Horner Da Silva
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I think I would be more inclined to back a project from a creator who had backed other projects. I feel like this ecosystem only works if we're both giving and receiving within the community. On top of that, I think if you're serious about running a campaign, you'd have gone through the backer process yourself at least once to see the experience. 

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Gabe Grimley
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I would respectfully disagree with Alex Eames.

If there is a project I'm interested in, I will back it regardless of how many projects the creator has backed. And if I'm not that interested, I won't.

I am more likely to make my decision based on the character that the creator displays via social media, their website, etc., than the amount of projects backed.

Edit: I guess a majority of people would say that it matters - but here I am, a live project, 29 projects backed, and no one that I don't know has backed it. So I guess for others, it's completely dependent on the project. Hmm. Maybe that's because I back people who don't back others...

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John Rap
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I have backed projects from creators with 0 backings, but I'm not happy about it. Maybe it's just my quirk, but I get offended that someone is asking for something and they aren't giving something.

None of this really means anything, EXCEPT for the people. You can buy any smart watch. You can play any card deck. You can watch any movie. To me the only thing that really matters is the person behind the project.

Like I said, I have and I will continue to back folks that haven't backed any projects yet. I hope they start backing though. It's a wonderful two way street.

It's not quid pro quo. It's not kickbacks. It's not crony capitalism. It is simply being a human being.

There was a legendary guru a while back who said something really concise yet powerful. He said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

If you can believe it the guru was actually arrested and executed for teaching that maxim to people. That's a true story.

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Joe Federer
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To me it's about commitment. If someone launches a project without having been a backer, they are likely to have more problems, simply because they don't know the process from a practical experience perspective. If you are going to all the effort of creating a project, why wouldn't you at least back another project with a small commitment? It's a lot of work to create a decent project presentation, let alone the project itself. If you can't be bothered to "try out the system" from you backers' perspective, that doesn't speak well to me about your commitment. Having said all that, I have backed both ways, but I feel happier about those who support the ecosystem.

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Andy Swartz
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I don't know if I'm more likely to back their project, but I feel a lot better about it. I like people who really believe in kickstarter and crowdfunding in general, and help fund other people's campaigns. And besides, there's a LOT of cool stuff out there. I don't see how you could fully use kickstarter and not find something that you'd like to back. I just give more respect to creators who back other projects.

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Alex Eames - RasPi.TV
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Yes. If you are going to create a project, you look very mean and "new to KickStarter" if you haven't backed any other projects. I'd say it's virtually essential to back other project(s) before you start your own. Also, once you've experienced the love from KS backers giving to your project, you'll probably naturally want to pay it forward a bit as well. 

It's also recommended by KickStarter that you back other projects to get a feel for the experience.

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Katherine Brown
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I have noticed the same thing i usually only back those who have backed others...but i dont see that as being directly helpful to my own campaign. I've back several other people but nothing has come back my way yet except from people i know. i think the bigger part of being backed is social media and promotion, even after doing all that though i still doubt my campaign is going to be funded. It might be related to  what the campaign is for more then how many people you have backed. In short backing people with 0 backed leaves a bitter taste in my mouth so i usually dont. 

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John August
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I always look to see if the creator has backed other projects, especially projects in the same category. It helps answer two questions:

- Is this person just trying to make a quick buck, or do they really understand the idea (and challenges) of Kickstarter?

- Does this person know what it feels like to be a backer?

That said, sometimes creators have no backed projects because it's a new company created just for this project. In that case, I'll look up more info about the people involved. Zero backed projects is not a deal-killer, but it always makes me dig deeper.

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Mark Knapik
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I can only give my own experience. I don't care if you've backed other projects. I care about your project.

I would also like to suggest that other people don't judge a creator based on their backing record. I've backed several projects with my personal account, but I've never backed a product with my professional account, and I use my professional account to create my own projects. It looks like I haven't backed any projects, but in reality, I have.

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Lisa Vollrath
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I'm more likely to back a creator who has backed other projects, and I'm a little hesitant of backing someone trying to raise large amounts of money without ever having backed anyone else's campaign. 

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Gumption Depot Inc
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I kinda feel that people running campaigns should be backers as well... you don't have to throw money around like a hollywood movie mogul to make a difference.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to run a campaign without having been a backer.  I enjoy backing projects, and I often take the "no reward" route, though recently I've backed to get the "thing" they were making. 

In a nutshell, if I see a project I like, I pledge at least a few dollars, even if I don't want to buy the "object". When somebody puts up a campaign, they are stepping into the scary realm of being vulnerable, and donating 5 bucks to say "go for it" really makes them feel good.  I pledge art projects as well, including burning man installations and flugtaag aircraft... because art matters. 

I have a campaign going now... it's past the funding goal, and ending in a few days... but those pledges of a couple dollars from likeminded people mean a lot to me!  They are basically saying: "I don't need what you're doing, but I like that you're doing it".


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LOCODOR Social Media Crowdfunding
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Hey Mark, 

I think Crowdfunding in general is a community of interested people to help one-anther bring creative projects to life.

Saying that, I would think that your chances are better when you deal with a creator and a backer to back your project, and vice-versa.  

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