We are so proud to share that Kickstarter is on this year’s TIME100 Most Influential Companies list — a list that highlights companies making an extraordinary impact around the world. It’s an incredible recognition of the work we’ve done to support creators across the globe in bringing their projects to life.
Since our start in 2009, more than 22 million people have pledged over $7.3 billion to more than 240,000 projects on Kickstarter. These projects have included industry-shifting, culture shaping brands that you may not realize got their start right here on this platform. Projects that are funded through Kickstarter go on to be featured at premier film festivals and adorned with accolades like Oscars and Grammy recognition. Most importantly, for creators big and small, known and unknown, we’ve become a place where they can bet on themselves, find and mobilize a community of people who believe in their ideas, bring their ideas to life, grow their ideas, and even create jobs for other people.
We’re committed to continuing this work as we focus more deeply on continued growth and expand the ways in which Kickstarter can support creators across key moments in their creative journey.
“Kickstarter has been an important part of the culture since it was founded, and it continues to be such an integral part of the creator economy at large. It’s an absolute honor that TIME has recognized Kickstarter as a game-changing company, for everything we’ve accomplished to date but also for our new innovations that will help shape the future for creators and backers around the globe,” said Everette Taylor, Kickstarter’s CEO.
To assemble the list, TIME solicited nominations from its global network of contributors and correspondents as well as from outside experts. TIME editors then evaluated each company on key factors, including impact, innovation, ambition, and success. The result is a diverse group of 100 businesses helping chart an essential path forward.
See the full list at time.com/100companies.