Kickstarter Data, Global, 2009-2020 (ICPSR 38050)

Version Date: Sep 13, 2022 View help for published

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Jonathan Leland, Kickstarter

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38050.v2

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  • V2 [2022-09-13]
  • V1 [2022-02-10] unpublished

Launched on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter is a Public Benefit Corporation based in Brooklyn, New York. It is a global crowdfunding platform that helps to fund new creative projects and ideas through direct support from individuals (backers) from around the world who pledge money to bring these projects and ideas to life. Kickstarter supports many different kinds of projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Funding on Kickstarter is based on the all-or-nothing model. Backers who pledge their support towards a particular project won't be charged unless the funding goal has been reached. Successfully funded projects reward their backers with one-of-a-kind experiences, e.g., limited editions, or copies of the creative work being produced. The study includes two datasets: 1) Kickstarter Project dataset and 2) Backer Location dataset. The Kickstarter Project dataset contains detailed information about all Kickstarter projects starting in 2009 through 2020, including the project title, project category and subcategory, project location (city, state (for U.S. based projects), and country), funding goal in original and U.S. currencies, pledged amount (in dollars), number of backers for each project, etc. The Kickstarter Project dataset includes data on 506,199 successful and unsuccessful funded projects. The Backer Location dataset includes information about backers' country and state, and the total amount pledged for each geographic location.

Leland, Jonathan. Kickstarter Data, Global, 2009-2020. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-09-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38050.v2

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Creative projects that seek crowdfunding from backers through Kickstarter

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Kickstarter Project Public-Use Data (DS1): This file includes 506199 cases and 22 variables about projects on Kickstarter including: project category, location, launch and end dates, the currency used to fund the project, project goals and amount raised in the original currency as well as USD, number of backers, and project status.

Kickstarter Project Restricted-Use Data (DS2): This file includes 506199 cases and 22 variables about projects on Kickstarter including: project name, summary, category, location, launch and end dates, the currency used to fund the project, project goals and amount raised in the original currency as well as USD, number of backers, project status, and the project URL.

Backer Location (DS3):This file contains 1048575 cases and 6 variables about the demographics of people that donated to Kickstarter projects, including: location, number of backers, and total amount donated in USD.

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2022-09-13 This study has been updated to include DS2 Kickstarter Project Restricted-Use Data.

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