The Best Kickstarter Products of All Time
Founded in 2009, Kickstarter revolutionized the way that inventors and corporations could fundraise for their next big venture or product.
Instead of reaching out to an elite group of rich investors who would remain financially tied to the venture until they were paid back, many companies and individuals now use Kickstarter to levy funds from the public, who are either rewarded for their contribution immediately, or use their money to give the company an “advance” on their purchase of a product. Kickstarter takes a five percent fee out of the money raised but claims no ownership of the products produced or services offered.
While there’s no formal guarantee that any money you invest will be used as promised by the company, Kickstarter does have a rich history of facilitating the development of unique products that would have been unsustainable without the site’s involvement. Here are some of the most unique and interesting Kickstarter products of all time.
One of the most popular types of products to fund on Kickstarter are games. In fact, console and computer games are both extremely popular with backers, as the platform allows designers to share their vision with gamers and solicit input before they even start building.
One of the most popular games of all times that was backed on Kickstarter by an astounding 219,382 people was a tabletop card game called Exploding Kittens. The creators billed it as a “highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” and backers were offered the opportunity to invest in either the regular game, or a hilarious, Kickstarter-exclusive NSFW deck.
It seems unbelievable that a Kickstarter-funded venture could compete with a massive, multi-billion-dollar corporation like Apple to release their own smart watch.
The Pebble Time was developed by Pebble Technology, who fundraised entirely on Kickstarter, and people were so excited about their ideas that they received their first $1 million in the first 49 minutes of their page being active. It’s currently the most-funded Kickstarter project to date — it finished with over $20 million in funding. After their first successful fundraiser, they went on to crowdsource funds for their next model, the Pebble 2, which received another $12 million from their devoted fans.
If you’ve ever been at the beach and reached into your cooler to find a small pile of watery ice and not much else, you’ll be amazed at how much the Coolest Cooler manages to cram into their 60-quart model. The cooler is billed as a “portable party disguised as a cooler” and they’re not wrong. In fact, creator Ryan Grepper and company managed to fit a blender, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, bottle opener, and cutting board (among other things) into their spacious yet light cooler. The project was backed by more than 62,000 people who contributed more than $13 million to the development of this awesome party accessory.