Updated September 2, 2014
Since it was founded in 2009, Kickstarter has acted as a groundswell of support for many innovative endeavors, connecting fans to the creators of the projects they want to see made.
Here are the 10 highest-earning campaigns to date.
1. Coolest Cooler
Raised: $13,285,226 (26,570 percent of goal)
Funded: August 29, 2014
Inventor Ryan Grepper struck crowdfunding gold just months after suffering a Kickstarter flop. Ten years in the making, Grepper's Coolest Cooler (which, in its first iteration, involved a precarious but resourceful mix of weed whacker and blender) pulled ahead of the pack to become the most funded Kickstarter campaign to date, ousting Pebble Technology from the top spot after two years. Thanks to 62,642 backers, the Portland, Ore.-based company raised $13,285,226. The cooler comes in three colors and includes several features, including a USB port, waterproof speakers, a bottle opener, and storage for food as well as plates and utensils.
2. Pebble Technology
Raised: $10,266,845 (10,266 percent of goal)
Funded: May 18, 2012
With heavy hitters like Apple, Google and Samsung working to perfect their smartwatch technology, perhaps it is not surprising that Pebble Technology remains the most funded Kickstarter campaign to date, with a record setting $10,266,845 pledged by more than 85,000 backers in May of 2012. The Palo Alto-based company, run by CEO Eric Migicovsky, creates stylish, customizable and waterproof smartwatches with a full app store and batteries that can last up to a week. The well-regarded company sold 400,000 watches in its first year.
Raised: $8,596,474 (904 percent of goal)
Funded: Aug. 9, 2012
OUYA is a videogame console made on the Android platform for users to hook up to their TVs. With an aim to make games more accessible and less expensive as well as inspire innovation, the creators of OUYA, who also built Jawbone's Jambox, a wireless Bluetooth speaker, made an open-source gaming console and kit that allows developers to build their own games. Run by Founder and CEO Julie Uhrman, and designed by Yves Behar, who worked with the design for One Laptop per Child, the campaign raised $8,596,474 , blowing past its $950,000 goal.
Raised: $6,225,354 (778 percent of goal)
Funded: April 15, 2014
PonoMusic's MO is pure sound fidelity. In 2012, legendary musician Neil Young started a digital music service that aims to provide fans with the listening experience that their favorite bands and artists intended. The PonoPlayer lets listeners hear clear-as-day studio quality sound, complete with a connected app and digital music store. More than 18,200 backers pledged $6,222,354. The initial goal was $800,000.
5. The Veronica Mars Movie Project
Raised: $5,702,153 (285 percent of goal)
Funded: April 12, 2013
Veronica Mars was a beloved cult TV series that ran from 2004-2007 about a teenage PI investigating the haves and have-nots of her noirish CA town. Diehard fans, known as Marshmallows, loved the show for its sharp writing and indelible performances. After the series was cancelled, they, along with showrunner Rob Thomas and star Kristin Bell long held out hope that that the sassy sleuth could be seen on screen once more. The project's goal was for $200,000 and it was was met in only 10 hours. Funding reached $5,702,153 by the end of the campaign. The film was released in theaters on March 14, 2014.
6. Reading Rainbow
Raised: $5,408,815 (540 percent of goal)
Funded: July 2, 2014
Actor LeVar Burton, star of Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, was also known to generations of young readers and their parents as the host of acclaimed PBS series Reading Rainbow. In the 26 years it was on the air, the show found its way into living rooms and classrooms, won a Peabody Award and more than 20 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Children's Series." The Kickstarter campaign to revive Reading Rainbow has raised $5,408,815 through 105,855 backers – the most donors for any campaign ever. Burton has also teamed up with his fellow former Star Trek cast mates as well as the teams from Veronica Mars, OUYA, Pono and Pebble, to provide rewards to its donors.
7. Torment: Tides of Numenera
Raised: $4,188,927 (465 percent of goal)
Funded: April 5, 2013
The Newport Beach, Calif.-based inXile Entertainment adapted Numenera, a fan-favorite tabletop roleplaying game created by Monte Cook, who has worked extensively on Dungeons and Dragons, into a narrative-driven, RPG videogame called Torment: Tides of Numenera. With 74,405 backers, the company surpassed its goal of $900,000 with $4,188,927 pledged.
8. Project Eternity
Raised: $3,986,929 (362 percent of goal)
Funded: Oct. 16, 2012
Obsidian Entertainment's aim with Project Eternity is to bring back the feel of classic PC RPG games, complete with magic powers, epic quests and detailed world building. In the fall of 2012, thanks to 73,986 supporters, the company surpassed its $1,100,000 goal with $3,986,929.
9. Mighty No. 9
Raised: $3,845,170 (427 percent of goal)
Funded: Oct. 1, 2013
With Mighty No. 9, Indie Japanese game developer Comcept created a throwback to 8 and 16-bit games with an updated look and feel for fans who love robot games. More than 67,200 backers pledged $3,845,170, ultimately beating the goal of $900,000.
10. Reaper Miniatures Bones: An Evolution of Gaming Miniatures
Raised: $3,429,235 (11,430 percent of goal)
Funded: Aug. 25, 2012
Texas gaming company Reaper Miniatures created a highly comprehensive cast of characters through its line of gaming sculptures and miniatures. The promise of intricately designed fantastical figures of vampires, dragons, giants, monsters, fighters and elves netted the company $3,426,235, surpassing a goal of $30,000, thanks to 17,744 backers.