I am pretty familiar with Kickstarter seeing that a lot of people I went to undergrad with used it to be fund various projects. One class that was offered was a movie producer class and they had a pretty interesting approach.
Note: I personally never took the class but I had classmates who had and this is how they explained it to me.
Students in the class were assigned to people doing their senior projects (which is another class and I think its a capstone type of deal) and they pretty much had to do all the business side of his/her project. This included securing locations, permits, actors etc. But it also meant trying to come up with funding for the project. So every year I would be invited to a group on Facebook explaining their project. They would have a one minute teaser (which usually was awful) and then explaining what Kickstarter and Indiegogo were. But I have to admit that I actually never donated to anyones projects.
But one did just pop out on my newsfeed that they hit their goal but it was on Indiegogo.
I found it very interesting that Kickstarter gives you a break down on all the pledges on projects. For example it shows which countries have raised the most money: I am not surprised that the United States is in first. But what is most interesting is that they go even deeper into the pledges.
More people donate on Wednesday than any other day of the week. Also, the 13th day of the month sees the most donations.
So I started looking around to see if there were any cool projects and this is what I found, a project that wants to make FlappyBird into a board game so to speak. They are raising money to make the FlappyBird box more affordable to customers and also to fund workshops for underprivileged female high school students in NYC.
Another project I found interesting was Bare Bones BBQ out of London (They eat pulled pork in the U.K.?) This guy needs to raise money so he can open a food truck for his BBQ business. I have a special place in my heart for food trucks seeing that I lived out of them in Philadelphia. So if I lived in London I might consider donating to this guy.
Have you or anybody you know used a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo?