Long Story Short 2023: Join Kickstarter’s Annual Celebration of Short Films in March
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by Elise McCave, Liz Cook Mowe
1y ago
Launch a short film campaign and join a cohort of boundary-pushing, rabble-rousing, future-dreaming filmmakers doing the same. There’s no better place to launch a short film than on Kickstarter. And there’s no better time for shorts on Kickstarter than in spring. That’s because March 2023 sees the return of Long Story Short, Kickstarter’s annual celebration of short films and the visionary people who make them. Throughout the month, we’ll feature live short film projects from every genre—on the site, on social, and in newsletters. We’ll share new resources to help creators run successful camp ..read more
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Announcing Kickstarter's New CEO, Everette Taylor
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by Sean Leow
1y ago
I’m incredibly excited to announce that Everette Taylor has joined us as Kickstarter’s new CEO. Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Everette and can’t wait to see the positive impact he’ll have on Kickstarter’s future. His combination of product and marketing chops, innate leadership skills, and deep connection with culture and creators shows that Everette will not only honor our mission, but lead Kickstarter to new heights. You’ll be hearing a lot more from Everette in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, to learn more about him and his experience, check out o ..read more
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Notes From Our Second Community Advisory Council Meeting: Protocol Discussion and What’s Next for Product
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by Kimm Alfonso
1y ago
Several times each year, the creators we’ve brought together in our Community Advisory Council meet with members of the Kickstarter team, bringing their expertise and insights to guide our work. They are an incredible group of passionate community advocates from across creative disciplines. Building on the enthusiasm, ideas, and feedback from our first meeting, this month we dove more deeply into two areas. Most of our time together was spent discussing the research and exploration of an open source protocol—the work of a small, independent team, focused on big ideas concerning the future of ..read more
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Meet the Kickstarter Games Outreach Team
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by Nick Yulman
2y ago
There’s no question that games are at the very heart of what we do at Kickstarter. Since our launch in 2009, Kickstarter has become the home for the largest, most engaged games community in the crowdfunding industry, with nearly $2B pledged to 70,000 projects in our Games category since 2009. Beyond these impressive numbers, the inspiring work that independent game designers launch on Kickstarter embodies the true spirit of our mission—helping people come together to bring creative projects to life (whether that’s gathering around a table to spin up a new RPG campaign or gathering virtually t ..read more
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Kickstarter Never Tolerates Abusive Behavior; This New Feature Makes it Easier for Creators to Take Action
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by Elana Jacobs
2y ago
Hello, Kickstarter Community. My name is Elana, and I’m Kickstarter’s VP of Product and Design. Today I’m writing to tell you about a new feature we’ve launched that builds on other recent improvements we’ve made to the platform as part of our commitment to keep creators and backers safe. Creators will sometimes report to us that they’ve experienced harassment in the comments on their project page or in their project updates. Because comments on a project can only be left by backers of that project, we’ve seen that there are sometimes people who become backers (often making very small pledges ..read more
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Ready to Make Magic? Announcing Witchstarter 2022, Our First Open Call for Magic & Divination Projects
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by meredith graves
2y ago
Hi everyone, my name is Meredith, and I’m a member of Kickstarter’s Outreach team. For the last four years, I’ve run our Music department as well as Magic & Divination, a community devoted to supporting creators making projects that directly or thematically deal with magic, witchcraft, and the occult. I’m incredibly excited to announce that this October, we’ll be hosting Witchstarter, our first open call for Magical projects. Whether you’re making a Thoth-style tarot, talismans, a fully immersive tabletop game, wands, washi tape, or a podcast about potions, ideas for Witchstarter campaign ..read more
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Reporting Back from the First Meeting of the Kickstarter Community Advisory Council
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by Kimm Alfonso
2y ago
Earlier this month, I was honored to host the inaugural meeting of Kickstarter’s Community Advisory Council with members Ivan Askwith, Annette Azan, Ellia Bisker, Stefanie Black, Kat Calamia, Jose Cardona, Thomas Negovan, Tony Patrick, Philip Reed, George Rohac, Philomena Schwab, and Philip Winter. It was an inspiring conversation full of frank feedback, discussion about the challenges of being a creator, and lots and lots of ideas for making Kickstarter the best it can be. We organized the meeting around two main topics—the general state of crowdfunding and Kickstarter’s product roadmap for ..read more
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Two Important Updates: Pinned Comments and Alt Text on Kickstarter
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by Ellie Clinton
2y ago
Hello from Kickstarter’s Product team! I’m happy to let you know about two updates we’ve launched to make Kickstarter better for both creators and backers. Pinned Comments First is the ability to pin comments. Up until now, creators were able to pin their project update posts to the top of their project page, but they didn’t have the ability to pin comments. This meant that if lots of backers had the same question about something and posted about it in a project’s comments, creators would often find themselves replying with the same answers over and over, instead of being able to simply pin a ..read more
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Welcome to the Members of Kickstarter’s Community Advisory Council
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by Kimm Alfonso
2y ago
Kickstarter’s Community Advisory Council: Ivan Askwith, Annette Azan, Ellia Bisker, Stefanie Black, Kat Calamia, Jose Cardona, Thomas Negovan, Tony Patrick, Philip Reed, George Rohac, Philomena Schwab, and Philip Winter Hi, I’m Kimm and I lead the team at Kickstarter that works directly with creators and backers to help them have a successful experience on our platform. I’m thrilled to share that after reviewing hundreds of applications from creators representing thousands of projects brought to life on Kickstarter, we have selected our inaugural Community Advisory Council. Our goal with the C ..read more
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We Fixed an Issue with How Limited Rewards Work on Kickstarter
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by Dannel Jurado
2y ago
I’m excited to let you know about a fix we’ve deployed to improve the experience of backing Limited rewards on Kickstarter. This update will reduce frustration for creators who offer rewards in a Limited tier, and will make it easier and clearer for backers who want to back those rewards. Problem: Prior to this release, when a creator launched a large project with a Limited rewards tier available, we would be prone to the site buckling and becoming unavailable. This was due to a large group of backers rushing at once through checkout to get one of the Limited rewards—some people would be luck ..read more
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