Odds are, by now you’ve seen at least one Kickstarter campaign.
The website, which allows entrepreneurs and artists to bring product to market with the help of donor-investors has become the go-to crowdfunding website.
And now it’s opening an office in Gastown, its first outside the U.S.
In a statement today the company says it’s acquired Vancouver-based video streaming startup Huzza after the pair teamed up last year to launch Kickstarter Live.
Kickstarter Live lets creators do live performances or demos to attract funding from supporters
The company says that live-streaming iteration of its crowdfunding model has delivered a 74% success rate for creators.
Huzza founders Justin Womersley and Nick Smit will head up the Kickstarter Live department from Vancouver, where the company is now hiring five engineers and designers.
Already home to successful tech startups like Hootsuite, Avigilon, and Bench, Vancouver has been marketing itself as a potential Silicon Valley North in recent years – notably adding a Microsoft campus last summer.
In 2015, Premier Christy Clark announced a $100-million technology innovation fund to fuel the venture capital market in the province.