Today, the company has moved from its tiny Lower East Side office space and transformed the old factory space into a three-story, miniature Google-esque work facility, fully equipped with a private movie theater, art space, rooftop garden and a library for their 70-plus employees and clients.
“The pencils that were made here were a favorite tool of authors. John Steinbeck wrote about only using the pencils that were made here in this building,” said Julie Wood, a member of the communications team at Kickstarter. “We think of ourselves as a tool for creative people and we think of that as a great linkage.”
Even though Kickstarter only launched back in 2009, it has successfully laid the groundwork for nearly 5.5 million backers to fund over 56,000 projects, totaling nearly $972 million in total pledged dollars.
Greenpoint resident Charles Poekel first got into filmmaking about six years ago and when it was time to start raising funds for his last film, his backers on Kickstarter kicked in nearly $15,000, or roughly two-thirds of the cost of the project.
“Hopefully, once you’ve proven that you’ve done a good job, you can get confident,” Poekel said.
Now that Kickstarter is in his own backyard, Poekel said he looks forward to working with the team in the future, and possibly taking advantage of their new movie theater.
“I feel like they’ve always encouraged people involved to come in and hold screenings and projects,” Poekel said. “I think it’s great that they fund that kind of connection.”
The company has been in the new location for just over a month, and is looking for ways to take advantage of the new theater and art gallery.
"We're thrilled to be a part of the vibrant Greenpoint community,” said Michael McGregor, head of Communications. “As a company that supports creative people and projects, we're excited to be in a historic space where there is a beloved instrument of creativity.”