Crowdfunding leader Kickstarter continues on their successful trajectory with an announcement they have now funded over 50,000 projects since launching their now ubiquitous platform. These projects represent $834 Million in pledges by over 5 Million backers. An incredible feat.
To add some perspective to their growth, Kickstarter’s very first crowdfunding campaign was “drawing for dollars” launched on April 24, 2009. The campaign raised $35.00 on a $20.00 goal. How far have they come.
With over 11.5 Million total pledges made, Kickstarter’s top five categories by successful dollars are:
- Games – $160.3 Million
- Film & Video – $143.39 Million
- Design – $100.94 Million
- Music – $83.29 Million
- Technology – $73.98 Million
Kickstarter was founded in April 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. The site reportedly raised $10 Million from NYC based Venture Capital group Union Square Ventures, along with other angels to launch their platform which has become synonymous with the term crowdfunding.