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is an online platform for funding projects ranging from movies, albums, or journalism-related endeavors.

Kickstarter was founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Manhattan.

Kickstarter is a form of “crowdfunding” that allows the public to donate small or large amounts to projects set up by a third-party. Projects on Kickstarter must offer a reward to users to encourage donations, with rewards ranging from a special product to exclusive access to a project. The approach to fundraising requires projects to reach full-funding by a deadline, if a funding target is not met the money is returned to supporters. Kickstarter takes a 5 percent fee from funded projects to cover their costs. Donations are handled by Amazon Payments, which also takes a small percentage of the raised funds for credit card processing.

, Kickstarter raised $27.6 million and funded more than 3,900 projects in 2010.

Kickstarter and journalism

One of Kickstarter’s project areas is publishing, , which has lead to discussion on whether the service can be a similar to Spot.us. In 2010 writer and cartoonist Ted Rall successfully raised over $21,000 to return to Afghanistan to report on US military activity and life for Afghanis.

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Amid the wreckage of fallen startups, Longreads is increasing the original reporting it funds — At eight, Longreads is a bit of a wizened survivor. During its lifetime, startups trying to do similar things to it have come and gone. Byliner collapsed, Atavist shrunk, and Medium — a much larger company with way mor...
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Building off online, new print mag Anxy wants to help normalize conversations about mental health — Anxy founder Indhira Rojas wants everyone to stop pretending that they’re okay. Social media, she says, has been a great way for people to share even the smallest details about their lives. The problem: Social m...
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The American Bystander is trying to revive the humor magazine with a reader-supported business model — On April 21, 1983, the comedy writer Brian McConnachie appeared on Late Night with David Letterman to promote The American Bystander, the comedy magazine he was trying to launch. “It’s a gathering of talent,&...
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From Kihansi spray toads to Wendy Davis livestreams, Kickstarter journalism projects are getting more dollars and more donors — Journalism projects seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter pulled in about $6.3 million between 2009 and 2015, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center. That money went to 658 fully funded projects. Journali...

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