Ever since it was established in 2009 Kickstarter has acted as a blessing in disguise for supporting many innovative endeavors of creators of products and connecting their fans to them in favor of the projects they want to see created.
The Coolest Cooler was the undoubted leader of the pack in 2014 in terms of the finances raised until spring 2015 when Ryan Grepper’s invention was overtaken by the Pebble Time which was a return for the smart watch maker Pebble which had made a beginning on Kickstarter in 2012. Presently nearly 50% of the most-funded campaigns are getting major purchases from their backers which are in significant numbers giving an impression that crowdfunding has become an optional choice for new entrepreneurs and their projects than they did earlier.
The JOBS Act will allow entrepreneurs to utilize ‘crowdfunding,’ which permits them to raise equity capital from a large pool of small investors.
Here are some of the best products funded through Kickstarter until this time.
Funded on: March 27, 2015
In 2012 The California-Based Smart Watch Maker Pebble set a record-breaking campaign on Kickstarter and it has presently reclaimed its position as the leader of the pack. The latest introduction by the company the Pebble Time Watch is not just the best-funded campaign in the history of this platform but it is also the speediest because it raised $1 million in less than an hour against its initial goal of $500,000. Ever since the initial campaign five years ago the company has been working on perfecting its hardware and it’s the latest introduction which is the Pebble Time Steel not just has a new interface but also a gorilla glass lens and a battery life of about 10 days. It has also added in excess of 6500 apps from its open platform app store.
Funded on: August 29, 2014
Ryan Grepper the inventor hit gold dust on Kickstarter after a few months of suffering a flop on the same platform. 10 years down the line Grepper’s Coolest cooler became the most funded campaign on Kickstarter overtaking Pebble Technology from the prime spot after two years. The Portland ore company had 62,642 backers and managed to raise the figure mentioned above. The company offered the cooler in three shades and had a number of features which include a USB port, waterproof speakers, a bottle opener and storage space for food as well as utensils and plates.
Funded on: May 18, 2012.
Major players like Apple, Google and Samsung are all looking to perfect their smart watch technology and therefore it should come as no surprise that Pebble continues to remain one of the best products funded through Kickstarter campaigns until this date. Pebble has raised over $10 million and had in excess of 85,000 backers in May 2012. The Palo Alto-based company is in the business of building customizable and stylish smartwatches which also waterproof and has an app store. The batteries of the smartwatch can last for over a week and the company has sold over 400,000 watches in the first year of production.
THE BEST TRAVEL JACKET IN THE WORLD
Funded on: September 3, 2015
The couple Hiral Sanghavi and Yoganshi Shah developed the idea for a comprehensive travel jacket years after Hiral forgot to carry his neck pillow from flights. The jacket they developed is available in four styles for men and women and is equipped with 15 features that are all geared up for travelers and have achieved the distinction of being called the best travel jacket in the world. This coupled had nearly 45,000 backers and managed to raise more than $9 million despite setting an initial goal of just $20,000.
“One of the best things about Kickstarter and crowdfunding and the collapse of the music business is a lot of artists like me have been forced to face our own weird mess about ourselves and what we thought it meant to become musicians.”
If innovators consider Kickstarter as a blessing in disguise it must be mentioned that Kickstarter hasn’t disappointed them in any manner. Companies and innovators have managed to raise more finances than they had imagined and their innovations are also considered as some of the best products funded through Kickstarter.