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The Top Ten Crowdfunding Projects That Raised The Most Money

By Edited Apr 23, 2014 5 6
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How Much Money The Top Kickstarter Projects Raised

Crowdfunding is a great way to jump-start a business or idea. Many people may not know, but there are many resources out there to use for this purpose. Using a crowdfunding resource is a great way to get market validation for projects as well. Instead of trying to get a single investor (angel investor) to, such as, invest $100,000, why not try to get 5,000 people to invest $20? It's the newest trend in investing and receiving funds for new concepts. There a many different crowd funding resources. Here are the top 10 projects funded through Kickstarter.

10. The FORM 1 3D Printer - $2.95 Million 

Form 1 3d printer

This printer uses a high precision system which directs a laser across a tray of liquid resin and causes a thin layer to solidify. The FORM 1 ran with a target of $100,000 and raised $2.95 million.

9. Wish I Was Here (movie) - $3.1 Million

Wish I Was Here Trailer

Wish I Was Here is a comedic drama directed by Zach Braff. The movie is about a struggling actor, father, and husband who is trying to find a purpose to his life. Wish I Was Here ran with a target of $2,000,000 and raised $3.1 Million.

8. Double Fine Adventure (video game) - $3.34 Million

Double Fine Adventure

The name of the game, Double Fine Adventure, was changed to Broken Age. Broken age is a point and click adventure game, where the characters are controlled and directed to move about the screen, look at objects, and talk to NPC's (non-player character's) as the game progresses. Broken Age ran with a target of $400,000 and raised $3.34 Million.

7. Reaper Miniatures Bones - $3.43 Million

Reaper Miniatures Bones

Reaper Miniatures Bones are miniature figurines. Reaper Miniatures Bones is a tabletop miniature game system that is played with figurines. Reaper Miniatures Bones ran with a target of $30,000 and raised $3.43 million.

6. Project Eternity (video game) - $3.97 Million

Project Eternity

The name of the game, Project Eternity, has been changed to Pillars of Eternity. Pillars of Eternity is a Fantasy RPG (role-playing game). Pillars of Eternity ran with a target of $1.1 Million and raised $3.97 Million.

5. Torment: Tides of Numenera (video game) - $4.19 Million

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera is a Fantasy RPG. This game will have an emphasis on player interaction with the environment and other characters. Torment: Tides of Numenera ran with a target of $900,000 and raised $4.19 Million.

4. Veronica Mars (movie): $5.7 Million

Veronica Mars Trailer

Veronica Mars is a movie directed by Rob Thomas, starring Kristen Bell. The movie is about a private eye, Veronica Mars, who gets pulled back to her home town to help out an old flame, who is in the middle of a murder plot. Veronica Mars ran with a target of $2 Million and raised $5.7 Million.

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3. OUYA (video game console) - $8.6 Million

OUYA

OUYA is a micro-console running its own version of the Android operating system. OUYA ran with a target of $950,000 and raised $8.6 Million.

2. Pebble (smartwatch) - $10.27 Million

Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble watch is a smartwatch developed by Pebble technology. The Pebble smartwatch has raised the most funds of any product on any crowdfunding website. Pebble ran with a target of $100,000 and raised $10.27 Million.

1. Star Citizen (video game) - $40 Million

Star Citizen

Star Citizen is a space combat simulator video game for Microsoft Windows with a strong influence of player interaction. Star citizen is the most funded, crowdfunding project ever. Star Citizen ran with a target of $500,000 and raised a whopping $40 Million!

Results not typical of crowd funding users. We are all marketed a dream from when we are young children that anything is possible. This is not a fallacy and it has become easier and easier to make your dreams come true with the use of technology. There are many great ideas out there, but most of the time people feel nobody cares about their ideas, when most likely it's the contrary. The trick is being courageous enough to make you dreams a reality. The only thing standing in the way is you. These dollars show potential that is out there for anyone with an idea to create a new business venture, record a new album, or even receive investing on a new prototype. Remember ideas are not worth anything until put into action. Transform your passion and idea into a campaign that will get you validation. If you wait any longer to pursue your dreams the chance proves you will most likely not do it; validate your dreams.

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Comments

May 16, 2014 6:29pm
assya
hey, I really like this article! Keep things like this coming - super interesting!
May 29, 2014 8:06pm
spragusa
I'll try! Thanks for the read and the comment.
May 19, 2014 5:06pm
spotila
$40 million, that's unreal. Eighty times what their target was..
May 29, 2014 8:06pm
spragusa
I know right! Very incredible. Thanks for the read.
May 21, 2014 7:07pm
crazyjdog636
cannot wait for Star Citizen!! I just had to check if it was on the list.
May 29, 2014 8:07pm
spragusa
From the little research I've done I guess it has a big demand to fill. Thanks for the read.
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