Benjamin Jackson, after doing some screen-scraping to estimate Kickstarter’s financials for the past year:
The results are awe-inspiring. In the year since Kickstarter
reported its numbers, the company helped raise a total of $119.6M
for successfully-funded projects. That’s almost three times as
much as the amount raised during the company’s first two years.
Taking into account Kickstarter’s 5% commission, we can estimate
that the company took home just shy of $6M in commission revenue
in its third year. And it’s not the only one cashing in: with
Amazon’s commission of 2.9% plus 30¢ per transaction, the online
retailer pulled at least $3M in fees during the same period.