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Making the Most Out of Kickstarter: How Do I Land?

How Do I LandThe “crowd-funding” website Kickstarter can be used for a lot of things. For example, Rob Thomas, creator of the cancelled TV show Veronica Mars, raised enough money this spring (more than $3.5 million) to make a follow-up movie.

Or it could be used to fund expensive, elaborate pranks. Last January, comedian Kurt Braunohler (best known as the host of IFC’s Bunk) put up a plea on Kickstarter to raise $4,000. Goal: to“hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky.” In other words, to skywrite jokes.

Braunohler successfully raised $6,820—way more than his $4,000 target. And earlier this month he hired a skywriter, who wrote this amusing message in the skies over Los Angeles: HOW DO I LAND?


Kickstarter: Fund Your Own Project Online

Have you heard of Kickstarter? It’s the online fundraising website that people are using to raise money for projects, from musical recordings to films to science projects, and much more.

How it works: People apply to Kickstarter to have their project appear on their website. They have to establish a fundraising goal, and set a deadline to reach the amount. If it gets the okay, project goes up, and, hopefully, people start pledging whatever amount they’d like to give for the project. If not enough money is pledged – no money is collected. If enough is raised, kickstarter takes 5%,Amazon (they handle the money collection) takes 3-5%, and the person with the project gets the rest.

How successful has Kickstarter been? Since being founded in 2009, they’ve s raised more $75 million dollars for more than 10,000 projects. And almost 50% of the people who apply reach their funding goals. That’s not bad.

And check out their highest-funded projects. (They’re listed in different categories.):