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Crowd-fund your project with Kickstarter

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Friends of TED write in to tell us about Kickstarter, a new crowd-enabled funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, bloggers, explorers and more.

No investment, no loans, just people supporting projects for all kinds of reasons … artistic, altruistic, commercial, whatever. We’ve had tremendous success so far (only 1 month live), and it keeps getting better.

A fun example of Kickstarter’s potential is illustrated by this video by DIY musician Allison Weiss’ chats with a fan in Australia who put her funding over the top (She reached her $2,000 funding goal in 10 hours! and now has almost $5k).

Read all about it here.

Comments (5)

  • Mengya He commented on Jun 13 2012

    There is a great public program coming up tomorrow, June 14th at 6:30pm at Museum of Chinese in America. The program is called Building a Movement: Replicate your project in other cities. It focuses on how to get unique and creative projects take off the ground. Featuring presenters are Wendy Brawer’s Green Map, Casey Kelbaugh’s Slideluck Potshow, David Koren’s FIGMENT Festival and Steven Rand’s apexart and Wen-Jay Ying’s Local Roots NYC. These projects cover environmental issues, art exhibitions, festivals and community-supported agricultural products.

    Please come and join for this great event tomorrow at MOCA at 6:30pm, if you are around.
    $10 general Admission, free for Alliance and MOCA members.

  • Victor Gomez commented on May 30 2011

    I don’t understand why kickstarter has not explored other option besides amazon. For example, we have just recently launched Funding4Learning (www.funding4learning.com) a crowd funding platform that differentiates from others by the fact that is entirely dedicated to education projects.

    Our platform works also with the all-or-nothing approach, while we use PayPal as provider and are able to cater the whole world.

  • Michael Gonyea commented on Jul 4 2009

    Kickstarter is gaining momentum and I think it has a lot to do with the simplicity of the experience from both sides; people looking to pledge even a small amount of money as well as the creatives promoting their projects.

    I just posted my first digital arts project called “Organic Industry” and I am excited to watch it spark to life over the next couple of months.

    Check it out: http://bit.ly/XOTSp

  • Sjors Provoost commented on Jun 9 2009

    This is really cool. The only drawback is that they can only support the USA, because Amazon does not support this service for other countries.

    Amazon is enabling more really cool services. Are you familiar with Mechanical Turk, that was used to look for Steve Fosset?
    http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/09/08/search-for-steve-fossett-expands-to-amazons-mechanical-turk/

    Anyway, I’m not sure how high the rest of the world is on Amazon’s priority list, but this situation has been around for years now. I want too, I want too, I want too:-)

    Perhaps you – TED – can make a plea with them to really push this issue so the whole world can use Kickstarter (and Mechanical Turk). I’m sure it already makes business sense for them and that they just need a little extra encouragement.

    • Victor Gomez commented on May 30 2011

      I don’t understand why kickstarter has not explored other option besides amazon.

      For example, we have just recently launched Funding4Learning (www.funding4learning.com) a crowd funding platform that differentiates from others by the fact that is entirely dedicated to education projects.

      Our platform works also with the all-or-nothing approach, while we use PayPal as provider and are able to cater the whole world.