These 11 Kickstarter projects were WAY more popular than you were in high school.

But that wasn’t exactly hard to do now was it?

Wait, that was mean.

Sorry.

 

The Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

1. Pebble Time Smartwatch – $20 Million (February 2015)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Here’s a headline for ya.

If Pebble Time launched today, it wouldn’t crack $100k.

Yeah, you read that right.

By today’s standards, this smartwatch was simply archaic.

But back in 2015? It was truly cutting edge.

Which helped Pebble Time become the most funded campaign in Kickstarter history.

What’s going on at Pebble now?

Well they sold to Fitbit in 2016 for a mere $40 million.

But Fitbit was only in it for Pebble’s software, not its hardware, and shut down support for these watches in mid-2018.

A bitter end for a once feel-good story — much like my first marriage.

 

2. Coolest Cooler – $13.3 Million (July 2014)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Holy sh*t this thing had a built-in blender?!

No wonder The Coolest Cooler was the 2nd most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time.

This cooler was packed full of techy features way ahead of its time.

But one look through the comments section will tell you they’re having some delivery issues.

And, uh, the campaign ended four and a half years ago.

 

3. Pebble 2 Smartwatch – $12.8 Million (May 2016)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Aw crap I accidentally copy pasted the #1 project again.

Wait a sec… that says Pebble 2.

That’s right, Pebble was behind two of the top three Kickstarter projects of all time.

Unless you skipped our initial description to read this one first, (which would be a little odd) you know that Fitbit basically drove the brand into the ground by mid-2018.

 

4. Kingdom Death Monster 1.5 – $12.4 Million (November 2016)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Kingdom Death, eh?

Sounds ominous.

This dark board game attracted nearly 20,000 backers back in 2016… and 196,000 comments on their campaign page.

I used my powers of summation to conclude that not all backers have received this game, but the company is alive and well, selling even newer versions of the game on its website.

 

5. Pebble E-Paper Watch – $10.2 Million (April 2012)

 

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Are you freakin’ serious?!

Again?!?!

Yup, Pebble had three of the top five Kickstarter projects of all time.

For those keeping score at home, they raised over $43 million in crowdfunding between their three projects.

They sold their company to Fitbit for $40 million.

Now I’m no Mark Cuban, but with sales numbers like that, that valuation is far from good.

 

6. Baubax Travel Jacket – $9.2 Million (July 2015)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

The original Baubax jacket had more features than a Swiss Army Knife, which is why this stylish travel jacket attracted nearly 45,000 backers in 2015.

They actually launched Baubax 2.0 at the beginning of 2018, but this one didn’t do quite as well, finishing at around $4 million.

 

7. Exploding Kittens – $8.8 million (January 2015)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

If you’ve never played Exploding Kittens, I have just one question for you:

What the heck is wrong with you??

Even though it’s number seven on the list, Exploding Kittens is arguably Kickstarter’s crown jewel.

Not only did this insanely fun game raise a ton of money, its creators delivered the game to 220,000 backers on time and now run a thriving game company.

 

8. OUYA Video Game Console – $8.6 Million (July 2012)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

The best selling game console on Cyber Monday this year wasn’t PS4 or XBox One — it was OUYA.

Just kidding.

These guys got bought by Razer in 2015, and never made another console again.

 

9. The 7th Continent – $7.1 Million (September 2017)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

Maybe I just Googled, “How many continents are there,” and maybe I didn’t.

All you need to know is that there are, in fact, already seven continents.

This exploration board game truly took Kickstarter by storm at the end of 2017, and some backers have already received their game.

 

10. The Everyday Backpack, Tote, & Sling – $6.6 Million (July 2016) 

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

There have been more backpack projects launched on Kickstarter in the last year than ants on a fallen popsicle in the middle of July.

But this backpack beat the crowd to market and was the first truly mega-hit backpack on Kickstarter.

 

11. Fidget Cube – $6.5 Million (August 2016)

 

Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of All Time

 

One day you’ll be gathered around the kitchen table with your grandkids.

“Children,” you’ll say, “I’m old enough to remember when fidget cubes were more popular than fidget spinners!”

Then they’ll look at you like you’re crazy because both fads will have long faded from everyone else’s memory by then.

But at the end of 2016, fidget cubes were most certainly IN.

A ton of cheap knockoffs piggybacked off of Fidget Cube’s success, but they still had a supremely nice payday.

 


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