Finding adequate funding for a lofty creative endeavor is not easy. Kickstarter helps anyone gain financial support as well as a little notoriety for their original ideas. Users can provide information on their great, creative idea. Visitors can choose to assist the ambitious creators behind each idea by providing funding for their project. The site operates on the notion that a large group of people donating to a project can be an enormous source of money. The problem is finding enough people to fully fund a project. Kickstater brings many people together to up the chances of an artist finding success with their next big concept.
Kickstarter was created in April of 2009 by Lance Ivy. Today, Ivy remains the lead developer of this “crowdfunding” website. Headquartered in New York City, Kickstarter began as a way to help almost anyone find funding for their creative projects. The site sets up rules that help protect everyone involved and encourage successful fundraising. The mission remains the same: to help ambitious, creative minds bring their concepts to life. Since its creation it has managed to facilitate the funding of 24,000 projects with over $60 million dollars.
Kickstarter is unique in the service is provides to many people. Obtaining funds to move forward on a large project is very difficult. Unless an artist, musician, or other creative mind can convince a company or organization to back them, their ideas often do not receive enough money to come to fruition. Kickstarter pulls together the power of many people donating a smaller amount to build up the funds needed to see the project through.
The Kickstarter website features a professional design that showcases some users and their innovative ideas right on the homepage. The stylish, though easily legible fonts, along with the black and green logo make Kickstarter a site that welcomes any kind of visitor. No matter how much money a visitor has, or how outlandish their idea is, anyone can give their concept a fair chance by presenting it to the Kickstarter community.
New visitors can find the blue “Sign Up” link at the top right hand corner of the Kickstarter homepage. This takes the visitor to the sign up page, which asks for a name, email address, and password. The newsletter sign up check box is already checked, so users should be aware they have to uncheck it before clicking the blue “Sign Me Up!” button to opt out of newsletter messages. A Facebook sign up option is also available on the registration page. After submitting the information, the new user is automatically signed in to Kickstarter and can begin posting projects, offering funds and browsing the site. Users should also be aware that when they submit a pledge, they are doing so through Amazon Payments. Those without an Amazon account will have to create one to submit their pledge.
Account creation and general usage of the Kickstarter site is offered at no cost to the user. Visitors can post their projects or offer pledges, with the only financial variable being how much a visitor pledges to various projects they support. The only time Kickstarter deducts a fee is when a project reaches its total funding. Once the project has been successfully funded, a 5% fee is removed by Kickstarter. No fees are taken until the entire amount is reached.
Any starving artist, ambitious musician, innovative inventor, or really anyone with a good idea but no funds to back it up can really appreciate the service offered by Kickstarter. The best part is that there is no commitment until the total amount is funded. That way, a creator isn’t stuck wondering what to do with only a portion of the funding he or she needs while those who donated expect the project to commence.