‘The Best of Kickstarter 2012‘ offers a look back at the crowdfunding platform’s year. The team decided to celebrate by putting together a collection of their favorite projects and moments. The infographic-style presentation starts by providing some stats about the site’s success.
Over two million contributors gave more than $319 million in pledges, successfully funding 18,109 projects. Backers pledged $606.76 per minute to projects in 2012 and 17 projects raised over $1 million. Music was the creative category with the most funded projects (5,067), while Games had the most money pledged ($83 million).
The review also shows the impact Kickstarter has had on culture and innovation (10% of the films at Sundance were Kickstarter-funded, one project hit the New York Times Best Sellers list, one was nominated for an Oscar, etc), proving that the platform has opened up an avenue for anyone with an idea to get seen.
It also covers notable creative projects that might not have been able to get funding any other way, like the banana piano, pizza museum, Griz Coat, Kickstarter marriage proposal, and the squirrel census.