Thursday, May 31, 2012

What is Kickstarter? What else is like it? How do I learn more?

What is Kickstarter? What else is like it? How do I learn more?

What: Kickstarter, from Tucsonans Who Tried It
When: Friday, June 1, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Lower Level Meeting Room, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson AZ

Crowdfunding defined: Crowdfunding is a way to get small amounts of money from a large number of people to fund a particular project. It’s been around for a few years in the form of small donations for arts and social projects, in return for token rewards such as t-shirts or dinner with the founders. (Source: CrowdCheck)

Peer-to-Peer defined: Distribution that occurs online with no centralized authority, where people can collaborate on projects with each other directly. Requires some kind of "platform," software framework that structures the relationships.

Kickstarter defined: Kickstarter is a funding and patronage platform for independent creative projects — everything from traditional forms of art (like theater and music) to contemporary forms (like design and games).

Who is Kickstarter?
Project Guidelines
Kickstarter School
Kickstarter how to: video
Kickstarter infographic
  • Specific categories: Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater.
  • All or nothing
  • Project-focused: must have clear beginning and end
  • Not capital funds; must offer incentives like limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences.
  • You retain all your Intellectual Property rights
  • Contributions are not tax-deductible
  • No charity or cause funding
  • No "fund my life" projects
Local Kickstarter projects

Crowdfunding continuum (this list does not imply recommendation)
Commentary and advice
How to stay informed

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