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Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity and merchandising. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life". Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $1.9 billion in pledges from 9.4 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects.

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Contributed by Taylor Taglianetti

Here's an article about Zach Braff's (y'know, the guy with the daydreams from Scrubs?) Kickstarter campaign reaching $3.2 million in 30 days. If you're not familiar with Kickstarter--it's simple. It's basically a website where creative people post the projects they want to do, whether is a film or a comic book or an invention, and they set a budget and try to get enough donations in a certain amount of time. They are then obligated to follow through with that promise, and send their donors whatever freebies and incentives they paid for. Kickstarter has become a great way for independents and students to fund their projects. I for one see a lot of graduate students funding their thesis films this way. But when the Veronica Mars Movie project got multiple millions through the crowdfunding site, then other notable names starting flocking their for funding. Like Zach Braff. I've seen complaints on the Internet about this and it is well founded. "Names" like Braff can get funding from investors and companies on their own. Unknowns and students need crowdfunding to get anywhere. If all of a sudden Kickstarter is being used for big name actors to get more projects, the little guys will be bumped out of the race. And that, my friends, spells doomsday for the independent market and the little guys trying to make their mark.

Contributed by Bridget LaMonica

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