With more than a dozen projects raising more than $1 million (some in less than a day), 2012 was a banner year for Kickstarter. Here are GigaOM’s favorite campaigns from the worlds of connected devices, open-source technology and publishing.


Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

Goal: $100,000
Amount pledged: $10,266,845

In some ways this year’s poster child for crowdfunding, Pebble’s founder Eric Migicovsky was rejected by Silicon Valley investors before becoming a blockbuster Kickstarter hit. The iOS- and Android-compatible Pebble watch, which displays text messages, emails and Caller ID information, raised more than $10 million to become the most-successful Kickstarter project ever. What makes the watch extra interesting is that it also offers an app platform for developers who can use the Pebble SDK to create mini-apps that work on the watch. Pebble’s makers sank a bunch of hearts earlier this month when they said that the watch, already months behind its release date, won’t be available for Christmas. But it’s still widely recognized as an interesting test case in crowdfunding.

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  1. san diego fiber installer Friday, December 21, 2012

    Love kickstarter. Cant wait till we see some traction with the Jobs Act next year. :)

  2. Hello Ki Mae, can you please check out my project ELECTRO PONG on Kickstarter. Thanks in advance! Juan Acevedo

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