Kickstarter has been growing — OK, skyrocketing — since its start in 2009, raising nearly $300 million and launching 70,000 projects. With so many campaigns and so much money comes a lot of data, leading to new ways to explore, categorize, and display Kickstarter’s output. Launching into that niche today is Things We Start, a real-time, interactive, searchable data visualization map of live Kickstarters, and it brings some interesting potential for prospective campaigners and backers alike.
While Kickstarter already lets you sort by city, it’s an inexact tool, built solely on the text in the ‘location’ field. Things We Start expands that with filters, based on one or more of Kickstarter’s categories — technology, design, art, etc. It also adds a couple of additional treats: You can search for projects that are almost funded and top 25 projects within a category, and you can set alerts for new projects.