$274 Million Raised Via Kickstarter In 2012

from the not-bad-at-all dept

You may remember that, at the beginning of 2012, there were some predictions that Kickstarter might possibly help fund over $150 million that year, up from about $80 million in 2011. Turns out that estimate was way low. Kickstarter projects actually brought in $274 million on $319 million in pledges.
A lot of folks are focused on that $319 million, but it seems like the $274 million is more interesting. You can see the breakdown of pledges as well, showing how it covers a variety of different areas:
It seems notable that some of the areas with the most funding are the ones we're often told are struggling the most with new business models. Kickstarter is clearly not "the" new business model (because there isn't just one), but it shows that there are solutions out there, and likely will be many more on the way, even as Kickstarter itself continues to grow.
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  1. icon
    Jay (profile), 10 Jan 2013 @ 12:21pm

    New disclaimer for Kickstarter

    No copyrights were harmed in the creation of these pledges.

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    Bengie, 10 Jan 2013 @ 1:49pm

    Typo in "up from" year?

    there were some predictions that Kickstarter might possibly help fund over $150 million [2012], up from about $80 million in 2012

    Something seems wrong

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 10 Jan 2013 @ 3:04pm

    Re: Typo in "up from" year?

    Ooops. Fixed. The 2012 at the end should have been 2011...

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jan 2013 @ 3:06pm

    If you look at the NEA budget for 2012, you'll see a request of $146m, down by 13% from 2010.

    Granted, Kickstarter is not strictly limited to the US, but it's still an interesting comparison.

    http://www.nea.gov/about/Budget/NEA-FY12-Appropriations-Request.pdf

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 11 Jan 2013 @ 3:26am

    And I halped...

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), 13 Jan 2013 @ 7:34am

    This is a nice graphic also to beat those "people on the internet only want free stuff"-trolls over the head with.

    For instance, 83 million USD for games alone. 53 million for films & videos. 34 million for music. Three of the most pirated categories.

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    Nigel (profile), 23 Jan 2013 @ 10:43am

    "53 million for films & videos"

    According to hollywrong that is simply one film. Which, on paper, will show a loss for the next 100+ years.


    Nigel

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    wiredworx (profile), 13 Feb 2013 @ 1:35am

    affordable press release service

    Good

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