Int. J. of Web Based Communities   »   2015 Vol.11, No.3/4



Title: Analysing observable success and activity indicators on crowdfunding platforms


Authors: Jens Lechtenbörger; Florian Stahl; Vanessa Volz; Gottfried Vossen


ERCIS, Münster University, Germany
ERCIS, Münster University, Germany
ERCIS, Münster University, Germany
ERCIS, Münster University, Germany; Waikato Management School, Hamilton, New Zealand


Abstract: Crowdfunding, a strategy for obtaining financial support for a project, an event, or a start-up company, has become both popular and successful in recent years. However, research on the subject is still scarce. Based on data from Kickstarter (US-based) and Startnext (Germany-based) projects, insights into the current crowdfunding situation at the aforementioned popular crowdfunding platforms are provided in this paper. Furthermore, project development over time is presented with regard to observable success and activity indicators, in particular focusing on activities such as communication within and growth of the community formed by project initiators and supporters.


Keywords: crowdfunding; crowdsourcing; virtual communities; success indicators; project development; activity indicators; Kickstarter; Startnext; web based communities; online communities.


DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2015.072133


Int. J. of Web Based Communities, 2015 Vol.11, No.3/4, pp.264 - 289


Submission date: 20 Mar 2015
Date of acceptance: 01 Apr 2015
Available online: 29 Sep 2015



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