Kickstarter Saw 3 Million People Pledge $480 Million in 2013

KickstarterWhat company could claim to have helped launch satellites into space, brought US rappers to North Korea, been part of powering up the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, and resurrected the TV show Veronica Mars? Kickstarter, of course. This crowdfunding platform came out with its stats for 2013 on Wednesday and the year proved to be the company's best to date. In all, Kickstarter saw 3 million people pledge $480 million on projects posted to its Web site. That means $1,315,520 was pledged per day, coming out to $913 a minute. According to Kickstarter, those millions of project backers came from 214 countries and territories and from all seven continents, including Antarctica. In all, 19,911 projects were successfully funded in 2013 and thousands more came to fruition. For comparison, in 2012, 2.2 million people pledged about $320 million, and 18,109 projects were successfully funded. Kickstarter has become an online juggernaut, giving entrepreneurs, artists, and others the chance to pitch their projects to the masses. Read the full story at CNET.