Kickstarter is a website and service that provides a way for users to contribute funds to proposed projects. These projects include manufactured items, services, videos, feature-length films, board games, video games, and more. People who make donations are usually offered some tangible reward in return.
Founded by Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler, the Kickstarter website launched on April 28, 2009. The company is headquartered in New York City. As of August 2014, over 130,000 projects have been started on Kickstarter; receiving a total of over $1 billion in donations from over 5 million people around the world.