A new look at Kickstarter’s hidden failed projects and how to be funding-friendly

From Digital Trends:

Kickstarter has come under fire for allegedly hiding failures to boost its reputation, and while new research shows that unsuccessful projects are certainly hard to find, there’s also some new insight on what gets popular ideas funded.

Much ado has been made about the lack of light shed on Kickstarter’s failed projects. Pushing its popular and funding-friendly content front and center and hiding all those unfunded ones in the back has become a controversy and caused us to question the ethics and true success of the crowdfunding platform.

AppsBlogger was part of the revelation that Kickstarter was hiding these projects and by scraping data between May 3, 2009 and June 2, 2012 and found that 56 percent of pitches were unsuccessful. But the statistics were questioned, specifically by Professor Ethan Mollick of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and so he joined forces with AppsBlogger and they’ve come up with some more detailed information about the plight of Kickstarter users.

For starters, it appears that we have more evidence Kickstarter is hiding its failures. “While we were able to easily scrape about 99 percent of the successfully funded projects, once again, we ran into difficulty when it came to the failed projects,” says AppsBlogger. “We were only able to scrape 82 percent of the unsuccessfully funded projects.”

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