2014 was a great year for crowdfunding. Kickstarter had 22,252 projects raising a total of $529 million, up from $480 million raised in 2013. Indiegogo had 1,000% increase in funds raised over the past two years and both Indiegogo and Kickstarter had their most-funded projects ever in 2014.
This year is already shaping up as the greatest ever for the young industry, with three 2015 projects already making it to the list of 15 most-funded crowdfunding projects on Kicstarter and Indeigogo:
1. $13,285,226 from 62,642 funders August 2014 (Kickstarter)
Coolest Cooler: 21st Century cooler that’s actually cooler, complete with built-in ice crushing blender, a waterproof bluetooth speaker and a USB charger.
2. $10,266,845 from 68,929 funders May 2012 (Kickstarter)
Pebble: E-paper watch for iPhone and Android, customizable watch with downloadable watchfaces, sports and fitness apps, notifications from mobile phone.
3. $8,782,571 from 219,382 funders February 2015 (Kickstarter)
Exploding Kittens: A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
4. $8,596,474 from 63,416 funders August 2012 (Kickstarter)
OUYA: A new kind of video game console, cracking open the last closed platform, the TV; a beautiful, affordable console, built on Android.
5. $6,225,354 from 18,220 funders April 2014 (Kickstarter)
Pono Music: Where your soul rediscovers music, providing the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music. With the PonoPlayer, you can finally feel the master in all its glory, in its native resolution, CD quality or higher, the way the artist made it, exactly.
6. $5,702,153 from 91,585 funders April 2013 (Kickstarter)
The Veronica Mars Movie Project, a feature film version of the defunct television series.
7. $5,408,916 from 105,857 funders July 2014 (Kickstarter)
Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere! Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need.
8. $5,022,041 (including $2.5 million matched contributions) from 2,801 funders December 2014 (indiegogo)
Code.org, introducing coding to 100 million students.
9. $4,188,927 from 74,405 funders April 2013 (Kickstarter)
Torment: Tides of Numenera, a story-driven Computer Role-Playing Game (CRPG) set in the world of Monte Cook’s Numenera.
10. $3,986,929 from 73,986 funders October 2012 (Kickstarter)
Project Eternity, an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world.
11. $3,845,170 from 67,226 funders October 2013 (Kickstarter)
Mighty No. 9, a video game
12. $3,602,037 from 12,075 funders January 2015 (Kickstarter)
ZANO, the world’s most sophisticated nano drone.
13. $3,576,151+ from 6,548 funders ends March 3, 2015 (Indiegogo)
Sondors Electric Bike, the world’s most affordable, versatile electric bike.
14. $3,429,235 from 17,744 funders August 2012 (Kickstarter)
Reaper Miniatures Bone: Gaming miniatures.
15. $3,401,361 from 11,855 funders May 2014 (Kickstarter)
The Micro: The first truly consumer 3D printer.
[Originally published on Forbes.com]
The cooler did really well, but it has had a lot of problems in recent memory with delivering the product. It shows that not all projects go smoothly through the full cycle. When it comes to productions, fullfilling orders and delivering on time there can always be problems.