Since its inception more than 10 years ago, crowdfunding has jumpstarted numerous projects spearheaded by people from all walks of life – from fledgling startups to celebrities testing their entrepreneurial mettle. Kickstarter, a very popular crowdfunding website, has helped artists, tech geeks, writers, musicians, and filmmakers fund their projects and bring their work to fruition. Let’s take a look back at some of the fastest and successful projects the website has launched.
Pebble Time currently holds the record for being the most funded Kickstarter in history, as well as the fastest project to raise a million dollars – it did so in less than an hour (50 minutes, to be precise). Since its launch at the end of February, 78,471 backers have pledged a staggering $20.3 million. Pebble Time officially closed its funding just last month. Soon, backers will receive their coveted Pebble Time smartwatch, which boasts a color e-paper display and an average battery life of seven days on a single charge.
The Coolest Cooler has captured the attention of many backers as it’s a multi-functional cooler. It comes with a blender, waterproof wireless speakers, USB charger, and storage for drinks and outdoor utensils. Coolest Cooler, which launched its 52-day campaign last year, used to hold the honor of being the most successful Kickstarter campaign until Pebble Time claimed the spotlight.
The Veronica Mars Movie Project
What do you get from a beloved cult TV series with a huge following? A campaign for a movie adaptation, maybe, and that’s exactly what the fans of Veronica Mars did back in 2013. The Marshmallows, as these die-hard fans are known, set the goal at $200,000 (which was met in 10 hours) and managed to raise $5,702,153. End result? The Marshmallows got what they wanted and the movie was released on March 14, 2014.