1. Pebble Time
Raised: $20,338,986 (4,067% of original target)
When: March 27, 2015
This is a resounding victory for the Pebble Time watch which is not only the most funded campaign in the history of Kickstarter, but it is also the quickest. This comes hot off the heals of the original Pebble which was a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in itself. Pebble have wasted no time spending the money on innovation, investing in a new interface and a Gorilla Glass lens. As if that wasn’t enough, there is now more than 10 days of battery life and over 6,500 apps on its multi-platform app store.
2. Coolest Cooler
Raised: $13,285,226 (26,570% of original target)
When: August 29, 2014
What’s great about the Coolest Cooler is the story of persistence from the original inventor, Ryan Grepper. Grepper failed to raise his original target of $125,000 for an earlier incarnation of the Coolest Cooler, but he kept the faith and before long, he had 62,642 backers. The Portland-based company managed to raise a whopping $12,285,226 which at the time surpassed the success of the original Pebble. As well as being able to make your own iced drinks, the cooler comes fully anointed with a USB port, bottle opener, space for food and even waterproof speakers.
3. Pebble Technology
Raised: $10,266,845 (10,266% of original target)
When: May 18, 2012
Over 85,000 backers made the original Pebble a Kickstarting legend. The Pebble basically left its competitors in the dirt as Google, Samsung and Apple failed to create a viable smartwatch alternative. In just its first year alone, Pebble sold 400,000 watches, making CEO Eric Migicovsky a cult hero overnight.
4. The World’s Best Travel Jacket
Raised: $9,192,055 (45,960% of original target)
When: Sept. 3, 2015
This was an incredible story of a husband and wife getting together and managing to conquer an entire marketplace. Hiral Sanghavi and Yoganshi Shah were inspired to create The BauBax jacket as a result of Hiral constantly forgetting his neck pillow when they would fly for their holiday. This all-in-one travel jacket offers an eye mask, gloves, blanket and a pillow as well as specially shaped pockets for various different devices. 44,949 people helped the happy couple smash their initial target of 20,000 by almost $9 million!
5. Exploding Kittens
Raised: $8,782,571 (87,825% of original target)
When: February 19, 2015
Exploding Kittens is a pretty incredible product, summed up by the crazy tag line which says it is: “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats”. Hahahaha! This craziness really captured the imagination and propelled this Russian Roulette-style of card game into Kickstarter folklore.
Raised: $8,596,474 (904% of original target)
When: Aug. 9, 2012
OUYA was a great fusion of the old and the new. By creating an affordable Android-based videogame console that people could easily hook up to their TV, the OUYA really captured the imagination. The people behind OUYA (Julie Uhrman and Yves Behar) already had great pedigree, having previously devised Jawbone’s Jambox, a wireless Bluetooth speaker and an open-source gaming console.
7. Shenmue 3
Raised: $6,333,295 (316% of original target)
When: July 17, 2015
Shenmue 3 is the brainchild of Yu Suzuki who people may remember from a number of massively popular Sega games. His original Shenmue concept took the world by storm back in 1999, thanks in no small part to it being an “open world” RPG which basically meant players could go wherever they wanted inside the game. Shenmue3 is planned for release in December 2017.
Raised: $6,225,354 (778% of original target)
When: April 15, 2014
PonoMusic was the trail-blazing project of music icon, Neil Young. This is all about the quest for the highest-possible quality sound. The PonoPlayer enables listeners to hear music in studio-quality audio, way beyond the compressed, digitized experience of CDs and MP3s. The $6m+ funding has also helped to fund a PonoPlayer app and a music store.
9. Mystery Science Theater 3000
Raised: $5,764,229 (288% of original target)
When: Dec. 12, 2015
The MST3K managed to tap into a cult following that goes back as far as 1988. That was when Mystery Science Theater 3000 first premiered on local TV in Minneapolis! The funding is going towards 14 new episodes of the series that originally saw writer/comedian Joel Hodgson marooned on “the Satellite of Love” with a load of robots mocking bad movies. The campaign really had the experiences locked down, offering great things like personalized voicemail messages from the cast and invitations to premieres across America.
10. The Veronica Mars Movie Project
Raised: $5,702,153 (285% of original target)
When: April 12, 2013
Veronica Mars was a cult TV series that was revived as a result of the backlash when it was cancelled from our screens. It ran from 2004-2007 and was surprisingly canned, but a group of diehard fans (known as ‘Marshmallows’) started a campaign that really caught fire, incredibly managing to hit their $200,000 within only 10 hours.