From space enthusiasts to singer/songwriters, Kickstarter has attracted many budding businesspeople since being founded in 2009. Yet the last 12 months has proved especially lucrative, with more than half a billion dollars pledged.
In total, 5.7m people have shown their financial support for a Kickstarter project, which range from small to strange to globally ambitious. Some, however, are more significant than others. Do you recognise any of these five?
Pebble Technology’s path-breaking E-Paper Watch smashed its goal overnight, as individuals across the globe rushed to pledge their precious dollars to the highly customisable, iPhone and Android compatible smartwatch project.
Debbie Sterling’s own female-friendly construction toy and book series, GoldieBlox, resonated with thousands upon thousands of backers, as the San Francisco-based entrepreneur sought to inspire girls the way Legos and Erector sets have inspired boys.
3. Amanda Palmer
The musician and singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer decided to break away from major record labels for her new album and resorted instead to Kickstarter. The project was an unparalleled success and received upwards of $1m from her fans.
Organisers at the Delancey Underground look set to transform an abandoned New York City trolley terminal into the world’s first underground park, using solar technology, natural lighting and innovative design techniques.
Created by NanoSatisfi, the ArduSat miniature satellite boasts all manner of advanced analytics and photography capabilities, which it employs whilst travelling over the horizon at 18 times the speed of sound.