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The Arizona Guardian is a subscription-only news site that covers Arizona state politics.
The site was founded in January 2009 by former employees of the East Valley Tribune, and its initial funding was provided by local political consultant Bob Grossfeld, who remains the site’s publisher. The Guardian has three editorial employees.
The Guardian is available only to paid subscribers, who can read the site with plans ranging from $30 to $150 per month . Many of those subscribers are members of the Arizona State Legislature or lobbyists. The site also brings in revenue from advertising. It was profitable as of mid-2009.
In 2010, the site began commissioning polls and developed a free location-based iPhone app designed by Arizona State University students, which allows users to quickly see elected officials for their current location, as well as other political stats and contact information.
Kickstarter is an online platform for funding projects ranging from movies, albums, or journalism-related endeavors. Kickstarter was founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Manhattan. Kickstarter is a form of “crowdfunding” that allows the public to donate small or large amounts to projects set up by…