Entrepreneurs and Celebrities Use Kickstarter for Funding
Kickstarter has been a successful crowdfunding option for potential entrepreneurs to garner cash. However it has not been without some issues. According to The Wall Street Journal article The Trouble With Kickstarter, “The only thing worse than having to watch your friend’s arty movie is having to pay for it too.” Aside from the problems associated with pestering friends to donate, there have been some successful ventures thanks to this site. The following list contains some of names of celebrities who have used the site:
- Zach Braff’s film “Wish I Was There” – had over 46,000 backers. Braff his his $2 million goal in three days.
- Kristen Bell’s TV series “Veronica Mars” – the creator of Veronica Mars raised $5.7 million.
- James Franco’s Indiegogo Movie Campaign – includes a promise from the actor to have dinner with supporters who donate over $10k. Franco hopes to fund three films with funds raised on Kickstarter.
Some people get annoyed by celebrities using Kickstarter. Celebrities like Kevin Smith have stated they believed Kickstarter is unfair to other filmmakers. Not all stars have had success with the site. Some stars like Melissa Joan Hart have been booted from Kickstarter for lackluster results.