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Kickstarter's 2013: 3 Million Backers, $480 Million Pledged

Projects on the crowdfunding platform were backed by 3 million people around the world who pledged $480 million in total.

  • <p>Kickstarter released its 2013 year in review, highlighting the crowdfunding site's accomplishments.</p>
  • <p>Here, some of the most notable projects funded through Kickstarter in 2013.</p>
  • <p>The smartwatch that <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">raised $10 million</a>.</p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">Virtual-reality headset</a> for gaming.</p>
  • <p>An Android-based <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">video game console for $99</a>.</p>
  • <p>A <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16029337/goldieblox-the-engineering-toy-for-girls?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">toy</a> to teach engineering to young girls. GoldieBlox <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3022216/fast-feed/beastie-boys-to-goldieblox-dont-fight-for-your-right-to-use-our-song" target="_self">came under fire</a> at the end of last year for using a Beastie Boys song in one of its commercials without permission.</p>
  • <p>After this was <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/361244777/delorean-hovercraft?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">created</a>, it floated around in the San Francisco Bay.</p>
  • <p>A <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1156290643/atlas-a-human-powered-helicopter-for-a-historical?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">human-powered helicopter</a>.</p>
  • <p>The open-source Arduino-based <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575960623/ardusat-your-arduino-experiment-in-space?ref=yir2013" target="_blank">satellite</a> lets the general public run apps and experiments in space.</p>
  • 01 /09

    Kickstarter released its 2013 year in review, highlighting the crowdfunding site's accomplishments.

  • 02 /09

    Here, some of the most notable projects funded through Kickstarter in 2013.

  • 03 /09
    | Pebble

    The smartwatch that raised $10 million.

  • 04 /09
    | Oculus Rift

    Virtual-reality headset for gaming.

  • 05 /09
    | Ouya

    An Android-based video game console for $99.

  • 06 /09
    | GoldieBlox

    A toy to teach engineering to young girls. GoldieBlox came under fire at the end of last year for using a Beastie Boys song in one of its commercials without permission.

  • 07 /09
    | Delorean Hovercraft

    After this was created, it floated around in the San Francisco Bay.

  • 08 /09
    | Atlas

    A human-powered helicopter.

  • 09 /09
    | ArduSat

    The open-source Arduino-based satellite lets the general public run apps and experiments in space.

Seems like 2013 was the year everyone was schilling a Kickstarter project. From Pebble to GoldieBlox, more than 19,000 projects were successfully funded by 3 million people around the world—including Antarctica—who cumulatively pledged $480 million last year. That's according to Kickstarter's 2013 year in review, released today.

If you break down that figure by day, Kickstarter helped people and companies raise $1.3 million per day, or $913 a minute. There were also enthusiasts—807,733 of them to be precise—who backed multiple projects. Furthermore, 81,090 people backed 10 or more projects and 975 ended up pledging money to more than 100 projects.

Check out the slideshow above to see some of the blockbuster tech projects that were successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2013.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Kickstarter; 02 / Kickstarter; 03 / Image: Pebble; 04 / Image: Oculus; 05 / Image: Ouya; 06 / Image: Goldieblox; 07 / Image: Matthew Riese; 08 / Image: Atlas; 09 / Image: ArduSat;