Kickstarter is a place where entrepreneurs and artists can post ideas and raise money from other users.Pebble, the most funded Kickstarter project to date, raised $10.2 million in less than one month from 67,000 people.
Last June, no project had raised 7-figures. Now, 9 have met (or come just shy) of that milestone.
Video games and software have raised gobs of cash on Kickstarter. Ogre Designer's Edition raised $923,680 from 5,512 backers.
Project Name: Ogre Designer's Edition
Number of backers: 5,512
Original goal: $20,000
Total pledged: $923,680
What it is: A remake of the board game Ogre, a 'classic war game' that originally came out in 1977.
The design category on Kickstarter has a few million-dollar projects including a Hidden Radio & BlueTooth Speaker which raised $938,771 from 5,358 backers.
Project Name: Hidden Radio & BlueTooth Speaker
Number of backers: 5,358
Original goal: $125,000
Total pledged: $938,771
What it is: 'To turn it on you simply twist and lift the cap; the further you lift the cap the more internal volume is created and will amplify to over 80dB of crystal clear sound...The speaker wirelessly supports iPhone, iPad or any other smartphone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth technology. If you have multiple speakers throughout your home, you can enjoy radiant sound, while seamlessly switching between them.'
TickTok's Multi-Touch Watch Kit almost raised $1 million from 13,512 backers. It looks like Pebble but came out two years earlier
Project Name: The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive
Number of backers: 14,952
Original goal: $57,750
Total pledged: $1,254,120
What it is: 'I've been self-publishing my comedy-fantasy-adventure webcomic The Order of the Stick in paper format since 2005, but one of the hardest parts about doing it all on my own is keeping the older books available. This project is designed to get at least one of those books back into print.'
Project Name: Elevation Dock: The Best Dock for iPhone
Number of backers: 12,521
Original goal: $75,000
Total pledged: $1,464,706
What it is: An elevated dock for iPhone that 'blows away Apple's crap options,' says The Next Web. It easily unlocks, works with any case, weighs nothing, and fits the iPhone aesthetic.
Project Name: Shadowrun Returns
Number of backers: 36,276
Original goal: $400,000
Total pledged: $1,836,447
What it is: 'Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.'
The most funded video game on Kickstarter is Double Fine Adventure which raised $3.34 million from 87,142 people.
Project Name: Double Fine Adventure
Number of backers: 87,142
Original goal: $400,000
Total pledged: $3,336,371
What it is: A new point-and-click video game from Double Fine Productions. 'What really happens behind the closed doors of a development studio is often unknown, unappreciated, or misunderstood.... With this project, we're taking that door off its hinges and inviting you into the world of Double Fine Productions, the first major studio to fully finance their next game with a Kickstarter campaign and develop it in the public eye.'
Pebble is the most funded kickstarter project of all time. The smart watch raised $10.2 million from 67,770 backers.
Project Name: Pebble: E-Paper Watch
Number of backers: 67,770
Original goal: $100,000
Total pledged: $10,182,655
What it is: Super-sleek watch that syncs with iPhone or Android and puts email, callers, tweets, alerts, music, and more on an e-paper display.