Kickstarter is an American public benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity.
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Kickstarter's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life".
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People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards or experiences in exchange for their pledges.
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Kickstarter launched on April 28, 2009, by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler.
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Kickstarter reportedly raised $10 million funding from backers including NYC-based venture firm Union Square Ventures and angel investors such as Jack Dorsey, Zach Klein and Caterina Fake.
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In December 2021, Kickstarter announced they would be moving their platform to Blockchain, with the aim of making the tools required for creating a crowdfunding site available to anyone.
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Kickstarter is one of a number of crowdfunding platforms for gathering money from the public, which circumvents traditional avenues of investment.
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Kickstarter platform is open to backers from anywhere in the world and to creators from many countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Mexico.
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Kickstarter advises backers to use their judgment on supporting a project.
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In 2010 Kickstarter had 3, 910 successful projects and $27, 638, 318 pledged.
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Kickstarter has additional requirements for hardware and product design projects.
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Kickstarter was then acquired by Facebook two years later for $2 billion.
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On March 19, 2019, Kickstarter's staff announced plans to unionize as part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, which would make Kickstarter the only major tech company to have a union.
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Kickstarter employees continued to file complaints to the NLRB, which forced Kickstarter to allow its employees a formal vote on unionization.
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On December 8, 2021, Kickstarter announced a plan to develop a decentralized protocol on blockchain platform Celo to build an open source and blockchain-based crowdfunding infrastructure and then move its own website to that system.
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