WINDFALL: At Kickstarter, a website where people ask for money to finance their projects, people sometimes get much more money than they ask for.
ABOUT THE SITE: Kickstarter is the largest of dozens of sites devoted to crowdfunding, in which donors contribute small sums of money to get a project off the ground. Usually, the contributors get something — like a ticket to a theater production or a programmable watch.
BIG MONEY: Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has raised $323 million for projects. Nine projects have surpassed $1 million each.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Politics & Government