Kickstarter To Launch a Blockchain Project Running on Celo

Kickstarter, the world’s most famous crowdfunding platform, wants to dive headfirst into the blockchain world, changing the technology behind its business model while still offering the same user experience.

The firm explained in an official blog post that this decision is part of an effort to find better tools to fulfill its mission of bringing creative projects to life through community collaboration.

Kickstarter Wants to be Decentralized —And Green

Kickstarter is not becoming a complete blockchain initiative just yet. To begin this new phase, the corporation created an independent organization responsible for building an open-source protocol that emulates the functionality of Kickstarter’s core platform but in a decentralized way.

This independent organization will be initially funded by Kickstarter PBC. Still, no details have been revealed about the amount of funds allocated to this new initiative or its name.

Kickstarter PBC was the Public Benefit Corporation created after Kickstarter Inc migrated its business model in 2015.


Once the independent organization has concluded with all the necessary preparations, Kickstarter will then migrate its website to the new infrastructure. Kickstarter assures that users will not feel any change even though the technology will shift to a decentralized model.

Kickstarter will work on top of Celo, a carbon negative, Proof-of-Stake blockchain focused on minimizing environmental impact and capable of processing 7 million transactions per ton of CO2 emitted.

Just for reference, according to Digiconomist’s Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, it takes 191 tons of CO2 to mine 1 BTC, and a Bitcoin block concentrates between 1200 and 2400 transactions per block according to Ycharts data.

Bitcoin Average Transactions per Block
Source: Ycharts

DAOs and Crowdfunding

Kickstarter’s move comes as a perfect fit. The platform’s motivation is based precisely on decentralized decision-making. Funds are not deposited to startups unless the community has decided to support the initiative by donating the required amount of money.

And Kickstarter’s popularity has not waned. In fact, the platform has shown steady growth since its inception raising over 5.9 Billion USD since its creation.

Amount of funding pledged to Kickstarter projects Since July 2012 until July 2021 (in Millions of US Dollars)
Amount of funding pledged to Kickstarter projects Since July 2012 until July 2021 (in Millions of US Dollars)

However, there is a new kid on the block: DAOs, decentralized organizations of people who make decisions using blockchain technology without the need for intermediaries.

And as time goes on, more and more million-dollar DAOs are being created around various projects ranging from functional blockchain projects like the Ethereum Name Service to buying a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

So it’s no wonder Kickstarter wants to test the waters – and perhaps create a better way to support new ventures.


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