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Kickstarter, crowdfunding for people who make stuff.
May 1, 2009 3:33 PM   Subscribe

Kickstarter, crowdfunding for people who make stuff.
Kickstarter lets creative people -- journalists, artists, musicians, game developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers -- raise money for their projects by connecting directly with their fans, who receive exclusive access and rewards in exchange for their patronage. Set a fundraising goal, deadline, and a set of rewards for backers. If the goal's reached by the deadline, then everyone's charged and backers get their goodies. If not, nobody's charged. Make stuff, without the upfront risk!

I advised this startup and sit on the board, and am very proud of the work the team's done. I'd love to know what you guys think.

Note: Anyone can sign up and back projects, but creating your own project is currently invite-only and restricted to the United States. Let me know if you want an invite!
posted by waxpancake (13 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief on May 20, 2009: Give a little, get a little

This is a fantastic idea; I love the run around the collective-action problem. Good eye.
posted by grobstein at 5:36 PM on May 1, 2009


I just saw this site because a friend's blog pointed to this cookbook project. And I already loved the idea of the site. Great to see there's a MeFi connection!
posted by veggieboy at 6:00 PM on May 1, 2009


A friend of mine just raised money for a photography trip to Iceland on kickstarter, by promising prints to her funders. So yay kickstarter!
posted by moonmilk at 9:11 PM on May 1, 2009


Oh why just the US? I'd love to incorporate this for a project I'm doing!! (I'm in Australia)
posted by divabat at 6:52 PM on May 2, 2009


divabat: The payments are handled through Amazon's Flexible Payment Service, which was the only cost-effective way to hold onto payment information for pledges and bill at a later date. Hopefully, they'll be adding support for international sellers soon.
posted by waxpancake at 12:24 PM on May 3, 2009


Nice, I get to fund Eric Berlin's next set of awesome crosswords!
posted by jessamyn at 3:21 PM on May 3, 2009


For reference, fundable.com is available anywhere but takes 10%. Same concept.
posted by sixswitch at 2:15 PM on May 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


sixswitch: apparently Fundable has had problems with them not paying up the money to the fundee afterwards?
posted by divabat at 8:04 PM on May 5, 2009


Hm, hadn't seen that but a quick trawl turns up a few complaints. Never used it myself. Caveat fundraiser I guess...
posted by sixswitch at 9:19 AM on May 6, 2009


Neat! Can I get an invite?
posted by signalnine at 7:22 PM on May 7, 2009



Nice!
We're working on something similar at http://ministryoftheimpossible.org.
posted by bukharin at 2:29 PM on May 15, 2009


Great idea.
posted by darth_tedious at 12:09 AM on July 9, 2009


I've been searching around the net for one of those invites. I've got a project, may I have an invite?
posted by zincotroid at 2:43 PM on November 20, 2009


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