Liz Gannes

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With $261M Pledged, Kickstarter Commits to Sharing Daily Stats

Kickstarter projects are all beautiful and unique snowflakes, but the crowdfunding platform is impressive in aggregate.

Today Kickstarter posted a new stats page that it said would be updated daily, sharing the site’s total number of projects and amount of money committed to them, and breaking everything down by category and whether projects were successful (unlike competitor Indiegogo, Kickstarter does not transact payments for projects that don’t meet their goals).

Kickstarter backers have pledged $261 million to 60,786 projects so far, with $27 million of that refunded and the rest paid out minus between 8 percent and 10 percent in fees. Seven projects have raised more than $1 million.

Film & video and music are by far the largest categories by volume, but theater and dance projects have the highest success rates. More here.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald