1. Ever thought about running a Kickstarter project for your handmade jewelry, spring menswear collection, new line of leather bags or anything else for stylish folks?

    Come join us on Monday, August 5th at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for a presentation and panel on bringing your fashion project to life. 

    Joining Kickstarter’s Art, Fashion and Photography Project Specialist Nicole He will be FIT alumni and creators Stefan LobleHeather Huey, and Amy Lombard, as well as Sass Brown, Acting Assistant Dean of FIT’s School of Art and Design.

    Free and open to the public. RSVP here

  2. If you’re in NYC on June 6th and thinking about possibly running a Kickstarter project, come to the second Kickstarter Open House! Kickstarter staff and successful project creators will be around to hang out and chat about whatever project ideas you have, big or small. Our first event in February was a blast, so we’d be thrilled to see you in June! 
RSVP here.

    If you’re in NYC on June 6th and thinking about possibly running a Kickstarter project, come to the second Kickstarter Open House! Kickstarter staff and successful project creators will be around to hang out and chat about whatever project ideas you have, big or small. Our first event in February was a blast, so we’d be thrilled to see you in June! 

    RSVP here.

  3. 31 Kickstarter-funded films at SXSW.
We’re thrilled to announce that so far 31 Kickstarter-funded films are heading to SXSW! Congratulations to all of these amazing filmmakers and their teams — we can’t wait to see your work on the big screen.
Check out all of the selections on our SXSW Curated Page and stay tuned for more updates before March.
See you in Austin!
Narrative Feature competitionImprovement ClubDocumentary feature competition12 O’Clock Boys, Big Joy, William and the WindmillNarrative SpotlightGrow Up, Tony Phillips, Good NightDocumentary SpotlightI Am Divine, Good Ol’ Freda, Medora, Continental, Rewind This!, TINY, We Cause Scenes, Mr. AngelVisionsOur Nixon, Maidentrip, White Reindeer, EuphoniaSpecial EventsTPB AFKNarrative Shorts competitionBoneshaker, It’s Not You, It’s Me, Mobile Homes, Sequin Raze, ShaleDocumentary Shorts competitionSLOMOAnimated Shorts competitionCicada PrincessMidnight Shorts competitionChild Eater24 Beats Per SecondThe Punk Singer, Finding the Funk, All the LaborTexas High School Shorts competitionGBFF

    31 Kickstarter-funded films at SXSW.

    We’re thrilled to announce that so far 31 Kickstarter-funded films are heading to SXSW! Congratulations to all of these amazing filmmakers and their teams — we can’t wait to see your work on the big screen.

    Check out all of the selections on our SXSW Curated Page and stay tuned for more updates before March.

    See you in Austin!

    Narrative Feature competition
    Improvement Club
    Documentary feature competition
    12 O’Clock Boys, Big Joy, William and the Windmill
    Narrative Spotlight
    Grow Up, Tony Phillips, Good Night
    Documentary Spotlight
    I Am Divine, Good Ol’ Freda, Medora, Continental, Rewind This!, TINY, We Cause Scenes, Mr. Angel
    Visions
    Our Nixon, Maidentrip, White Reindeer, Euphonia
    Special Events
    TPB AFK
    Narrative Shorts competition
    Boneshaker, It’s Not You, It’s Me, Mobile Homes, Sequin Raze, Shale
    Documentary Shorts competition
    SLOMO
    Animated Shorts competition
    Cicada Princess
    Midnight Shorts competition
    Child Eater
    24 Beats Per Second
    The Punk Singer, Finding the Funk, All the Labor
    Texas High School Shorts competition
    GBFF

  4. The force is strong with this one.
The White House recently turned down a petition to build a Death Star, so this mysterious Kickstarter creator took matters into his own hands. Behold: The open-source Death Star!
Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!

    The force is strong with this one.

    The White House recently turned down a petition to build a Death Star, so this mysterious Kickstarter creator took matters into his own hands. Behold: The open-source Death Star!

    Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!

    View on Kickstarter
  5. Kickstarter at Sundance.
We’re back from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with lots of exciting news to share. Kickstarter-funded films earned major awards, picked up distribution deals, and delighted packed houses, and we couldn’t be happier for these dedicated filmmakers and their backers.
It’s been an exciting year for independent film on Kickstarter, and Sundance begins the new year on a high note.  We’re thrilled to see so many talented creators recognized for their hard work. Congratulations!
Featured films:
This year, 17 Kickstarter-funded films screened at the festival, including features, documentaries, and short films.
The Square, Linsanity, 99%, I Used to Be Darker, This is Martin Bonner, After Tiller, Gun, Newlyweeds, American Promise, Ass Backwards, Inequality For All, Boneshaker, When I Walk, Charlie Victor Romeo, Blood Brother, The Cub, K.I.T.
Awards:
Five films headed home with top prizes, including double laurels for Blood Brother. Hats off for this amazing achievement.
Blood Brother won the U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and the U. S. Documentary Audience Award.
This is Martin Bonner won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT.
The Square won the Audience Award: World Cinema (Documentary).
Inequality For All and American Promise both wom U. S. Documentary Special Jury Awards.
Deals:
Several films left Sundance with distribution deals in tow. Looking forward to seeing them in theaters soon!
Newlyweeds acquired by Phase 4.
Inequality For All acquired by Radius.
I Used to Be Darker acquired by Monterey Media.
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film acquired by Participant Media.
Press:
We could fill a book with all the positive press garnered by these 17 films during Sundance. Here are just a few of the highlights.
Great reviews for This Is Martin Bonner, Charlie Victor Romeo, and The Square.
After Tiller and Gun made national news.
American Promise creators on Last Call with Carson Daly.
Jeremy Lin caught a screening of Linsanity.
Two shorts, Boneshaker and K.I.T., made Indiewire’s Top 10.
Congrats again to all the filmmakers, their teams, and their backers. See you next year, Park City!

    Kickstarter at Sundance.

    We’re back from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with lots of exciting news to share. Kickstarter-funded films earned major awards, picked up distribution deals, and delighted packed houses, and we couldn’t be happier for these dedicated filmmakers and their backers.

    It’s been an exciting year for independent film on Kickstarter, and Sundance begins the new year on a high note.  We’re thrilled to see so many talented creators recognized for their hard work. Congratulations!

    Featured films:

    This year, 17 Kickstarter-funded films screened at the festival, including features, documentaries, and short films.

    Awards:

    Five films headed home with top prizes, including double laurels for Blood Brother. Hats off for this amazing achievement.

    Deals:

    Several films left Sundance with distribution deals in tow. Looking forward to seeing them in theaters soon!

    Press:

    We could fill a book with all the positive press garnered by these 17 films during Sundance. Here are just a few of the highlights.

    Congrats again to all the filmmakers, their teams, and their backers. See you next year, Park City!

    View on Kickstarter
  6. America’s first ramen tasting menu.

    Like a culinary nomad, chef Yuji Haraguchi has been slinging his delicious ramen all over NYC. After honing his craft in the back of a bar and at street-side stalls, this soup wizard is ready to kick it up a notch. Yuji is creating a pop-up "omakase" ramen restaurant, where his seasonal and experimental takes on the Japanese staple will be offered as a tasting menu for the first time in the States.

    View on Kickstarter
  7. A project is born.
Here’s a crazy story about how the FlipBooKit came to life, from the creators’ most recent project update. There’s nothing better than the combination of hard work and great luck.
"A few months back, before FlipBooKit, this fellow from MAKE magazine named Matt Richardson met us at the San Mateo Maker Faire. He immediately took an interest in our mechanical flipbook art and there was enthusiastic talk of interviews, articles and kit ideas. That was June 2012.
Matt finished our interview in September, and with a little-twinkle in our eyes, we started imagining how to build a kit. 'Why not launch a Kickstarter campaign on the publish day of the MAKE article in October?’
We came up with a name, purchased the DNS, and sat with a few guys at CRASH Space talking about box materials. After a week it all came together and our eyes were twinkling away. Then a phone call from Matt saying, “The article will publish in January, not October”.
(our plans were dashed)
Plan B
We were just about to postpone the project when Mark decided to call the folks at the NY Maker Faire. “Have a look at this art… there was gonna be an article… and we had this plan… Can we get a last-minute booth?” First we received a tentative maybe… then a YES! We were ON! We had two weeks to finish prototyping, build a booth, and create a Kickstarter campaign. Whew! You know the rest.
Now we can announce that the MAKE magazine issue is out!”

    A project is born.

    Here’s a crazy story about how the FlipBooKit came to life, from the creators’ most recent project update. There’s nothing better than the combination of hard work and great luck.

    "A few months back, before FlipBooKit, this fellow from MAKE magazine named Matt Richardson met us at the San Mateo Maker Faire. He immediately took an interest in our mechanical flipbook art and there was enthusiastic talk of interviews, articles and kit ideas. That was June 2012.

    Matt finished our interview in September, and with a little-twinkle in our eyes, we started imagining how to build a kit. 'Why not launch a Kickstarter campaign on the publish day of the MAKE article in October?’

    We came up with a name, purchased the DNS, and sat with a few guys at CRASH Space talking about box materials. After a week it all came together and our eyes were twinkling away. Then a phone call from Matt saying, “The article will publish in January, not October”.

    (our plans were dashed)

    Plan B

    We were just about to postpone the project when Mark decided to call the folks at the NY Maker Faire. “Have a look at this art… there was gonna be an article… and we had this plan… Can we get a last-minute booth?” First we received a tentative maybe… then a YES! We were ON! We had two weeks to finish prototyping, build a booth, and create a Kickstarter campaign. Whew! You know the rest.

    Now we can announce that the MAKE magazine issue is out!”

    View on Kickstarter
  8. The lesson we learned from this? Kickstarter backers are cool. They’re quite understanding, as long as you are open and honest in your communications.

    They understand delays, they understand that it takes longer to order 750 books than 100, and they understand that certain factors are outside of your control. What they don’t understand (and rightfully so) is a lack of communication. That’s why we tried to overcommunicate. We’d rather have people say “Okay, enough with the updates already!” than “What are those guys doing? I haven’t heard from them in forever.”

    The 99 Shades of Grey post-mortem on their successful Kickstarter project.

    View on Kickstarter