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Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Charles Adler and Yancey Strickler.

Launched on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter's mission is to help bring creative projects to life, and projects on the site all focus on creating something that can be shared with others. Projects on Kickstarter fall into the following categories: Art, Comics, Crafts, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater.

Timeline

June 25, 2013
Kickstarter raises a $75,000 seed round.
March 18, 2011
Kickstarter raises a $10,000,000 series A round from Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon, Chris Sacca, Craig Shapiro, Dan Rosensweig, Jack Dorsey, Jared Kushner, Joi Ito, Joshua Schachter, Scott Heiferman, Thrive Capital, Union Square Ventures and Zach Klein.

Funding rounds

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andrew Blancato

Employee

Andrew Cornett

Employee

Andy Baio

Advisor

Benjamin Cole

Employee

Brian Watson

Investor

Brittany Fowler

Employee

Carson Baker

Employee

Chris Dixon

Investor

Chris Sacca

Investor

Ellen Chisa

Employee

Gavin Becker

Investor

Jared Cohen

Employee

Jennifer Burner

Employee

Joi Ito

Investor

Jon Leland

Employee

Josh Stylman

Investor

Joshua Schachter

Investor

Lisa McErlane Yao

Investor

Mark Chatinsky

Investor

Matt Haughey

Investor

Nicole He

Employee

Russell E

Employee

Scott Heiferman

Investor

Solomon Freeman Looi

Investor

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
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Brian Heater
August 6, 2021
TechCrunch
'What we find is the backers have a deep desire and an interest to be a part of what's happening on the journey. To feel deeply connected is part of what you get as a backer of a creative project.'
July 31, 2021
mint
Working fewer hours is getting a new look during the pandemic as companies experiment with cures for employee burnout
Annie Siebert
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
There's a growing need for basic data literacy in the tech industry, and it's only getting more taxing by the year, so it's essential to equip your whole team with the right exploratory medium.
Rob Thubron
January 26, 2021
TechSpot
Ico Partners' review of Kickstarter's previous year shows 2020 brought in $115 million more overall than 2019--the largest YoY increase since 2014. Interestingly, the number of funded...
Brian Heater
January 25, 2021
TechCrunch
In a year defined by economic and civil unrest, it should come as little surprise that workplace organizing has been on the upswing. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular (coupled with the ever-present effects of late capitalism) has brought longstanding questions of employment stability and safety to the forefront of many. Of course, much of this [...]
David Barnett
December 8, 2020
the Guardian
The crowdfunding platform has boomed in the year of coronavirus, with indie mavericks joined by Hollywood royalty
BBC News
November 13, 2020
BBC News
The crowdfunding site accidentally replied to reports from 2013, opening old wounds.
Suzanne Humphries
November 6, 2020
www.reviewgeek.com
Odds are, you've heard about crowdfunding or even donated to a crowdfunded campaign on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The two sites are extremely popular crowdfunding platforms, especially for helping creative projects raise money. We investigated each site to see what makes them tick and to learn what the pros and cons are for campaign backers and project creators alike.
Bryce Covert
May 27, 2020
Wired
The point wasn't so much about pay issues, but to give workers more say over what they produce--reflecting a trend of internal protest across the tech industry.
Rob Thubron
April 21, 2020
TechSpot
In an internal memo seen by The Verge, Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan revealed the drop in new projects, adding that there was "no clear sign of rebound." Discussions are now taking place with Kickstarter's union organizers about potentially laying off...
Ashley Carman
November 19, 2019
The Verge
Kickstarter is launching its Project Budget that'll allow creators to create a pie chart of their campaign budget and share it on their page so backers know where their money is going.
Robin Madell
November 18, 2019
Business Insider
28-year-old Shivani Jain is the cofounder and CMO of Cubii, the first-ever seated and compact elliptical that facilitates low-impact exercise.
Andrew Tarantola
September 15, 2019
Engadget
While Moviepass shocked the internet with news on Friday that it would be shuttering its subscription-based service effective immediately, a number of tech comp...
Mariella Moon
September 13, 2019
Engadget
Kickstarter has fired two employees who headed a unionization effort within the company, according to Slate. The crowdsourcing company fired Taylor Moore (its h...
Mariella Moon
September 13, 2019
Engadget
Kickstarter has fired two employees who headed a unionization effort within the company, according to Slate. The crowdsourcing company fired Taylor Moore (its h...
By Kate Conger and Noam Scheiber
July 8, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Efforts to form unions at several smaller tech companies have stalled, showing the limits of how far a wave of employee activism can go.
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