24 Hours

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There are crazy days and then there are days like yesterday. Kickstarter has experienced some frantic hours but nothing like what happened in the 24-hour span between Wednesday at 6:54pm and Thursday at 6:44pm. Two million-dollar projects, a major political speech involving Kickstarter, an amazing band launching a project for a comeback 20 years in the making... the list goes on. Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of the day's events.

Wednesday, 6:54pm: Elevation Dock sees its $942,579th dollar, passing the TikTok to become the largest project in Kickstarter history.

Wed, 8:52pm: Double Fine Adventure, a new game project from Tim Schafer and 2 Player Productions, launches.

Wed, 9:38pm: Everyone (us included) starts freaking out.

Thursday, 12:38am: Double Fine crosses $200,000 in pledges.

Thur, 1:51am: Beloved indie band (and office favorite) Black Tambourine launches a project for new material and reunion shows, their first appearance since 1991. Any other time this is the day's big news.

Thur, 5:31am: Double Fine Adventure reaches its $400,000 goal in just eight hours. It's the fastest start to any project in Kickstarter history.

Thur, 7:33am: We notice that Double Fine creator Tim Schafer stayed up all night watching it happen (us too!).

Thur, 9:41am: We announce that Kickstarter will be featured on Portlandia on Friday at 10pm on IFC, and we talk to Fred Armisen (he was very nice). One of the coolest things that's ever happened to us but just another moment on a day like today.

Thur, 11:46am: Newly crowned Kickstarter record-holder Casey Hopkins of Elevation Dock posts an update expressing love for his backers and giving props to TikTok creator Scott Wilson.

Thur, 12:45pm: We're in attendance at the State of the City address at New York's City Hall where New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announces a new effort by the city to support New York-based Kickstarter projects. The proposal gets a huge round of applause.

Thur, 1:15pm: TikTok creator and longtime record-holder Scott Wilson posts an update congratulating Double Fine on their achievement.

Thur, 2:08pm: Elevation Dock becomes the first Kickstarter project to see $1 million in pledges! Wow!

Thur, 2:46pm: Excitement grows...

Thur, 3:20pm: Kickstarter passes $1,000,000 in pledges for the day and it's still light out. The previous single-day record: $736,730, set the day before. The final tally for February 9th: $1,605,981 pledged.

Thur, 3:33pm: A crew from China's CCTV comes to film at the office. Oddly they speak French.

Thur, 5:40pm: Every computer in the office is refreshing Double Fine. When will it hit a million?

Thur, 6:31pm: The team gathers to watch the project on the big screen. When will it hit???

Thur, 6:40pm: USA Today marks Double Fine's impending achievement.

Thur, 6:41pm: Like everyone, we're repeatedly hitting refresh on the project page. When will it hit????

Thur, 6:42pm: DOUBLE FINE HITS $1,000,000 IN JUST 24 HOURS!!!! After not having a single million dollar project in Kickstarter's first two-plus years, there are suddenly two within four hours of each other.

Double Fine celebrates in SF:

And Kickstarter celebrates in NYC:

Thanks and congratulations to everyone on an unforgettable 24 hours. YES!!!!!

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    1. Idan Cohen on

      You guys are awesome!

    2. Jonathan Jaeger on

      The last time I refreshed a page that often was when I was trying to buy concert tickets.

    3. Joe Avella on

      Amazing what's possible. Future's looking beautiful.

    4. Paul Carpenter on

      That's awesome! Kickstarter is a fantastic platform and built so very well. It's wonderful that Kickstarter can allow everyday people like me to pursue a dream and make it real. The world is an awesome place these days, that's for sure.

    5. kendel ratley
      Superbacker
      on

      Teared up reading that! What an unforgettable day.

    6. Jonathan Mann on

      Congrats everybody!! Yay!!!!!!! Can't wait to play that game...

    7. Eli Rogers on

      I've never even HEARD of Double Fine. Apparently they have a huge following. Congrats to both of the million dollar projects.

    8. Christy Reedy on

      The power to make dreams come true....I love it!!!!!

    9. MasterCosmo Solutions on

      so amazing! Well done everyone. Kickstarter is the place for dreams to come true :)

    10. Andy Baio on

      Incredible. Hey, old media middlemen: No industry is safe. Kickstarter's coming for YOU.

    11. Jacqueline Willis on

      Congratulations!!! I've actually teared up reading this post. What kickstarter is doing is beyond incredible.

    12. Josh Hartung on

      Holy crap guys. You continue to kill it.

    13. Game Company No. 3 on

      Way to go, keep changing the world!

    14. Kunal on

      Incredible day- disruption at its finest!

    15. mgalpert on

      Keep up the AWESOME!

    16. Faruk Ateş on

      Now *that's* a day of record! Wow.

      I think the most amazing thing is how on Wednesday you set a total daily pledges record, and the _very next day_ it not only gets broken, but it gets _more than doubled_!

    17. Gary Ploski on

      Astounding stuff. Congrats on the epic day. Wow.

    18. Andy Kickstart McCabe on

      Stay calm. Remember to breath.
      Nothing will be the same again.
      KEEP DOING GOOD IN EVERYTHING YOU DO AND SAY.
      Your dent in the universe just got a little deeper.

    19. Andy Kickstart McCabe on

      OH, and do you have a good PR guy? Might need one, or a few.

    20. Added Source on

      Awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously

    21. Julian Tysoe
      Superbacker
      on

      And a record breaking comic this week too!

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      Ivan on

      Any job openings?

    23. Danny Pier on

      So awesome. Congrats Kickstarter!

    24. AJ Quick on

      This is absolutely amazing!

    25. Lich King on

      Amazing... I was refreshing all day. Congrats to everyone that had such a great day yesterday!

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      Andrew & Teresa Lahser on

      Simply amazing. So is Kickstarter becoming a cultural phenomena?

    27. Marykate Clark on

      it just feels so cool to know i helped in the making of such an awesome day... =-) ...and there's a Double Fine game in it for me... bonus bonus... =-)

    28. Rick Backus on

      This is SO inspirational. What a freaking day!

    29. Maura McGovern on

      way to go kickstarter - congratulations!

    30. Minter Tweed on

      That is truly awe-inspiring. Congratulations to Double Fine Adventure and Elevation Dock! You give me hope. And none of this would have been possible without Kickstarter. Amazing!

    31. Brian Riemer on

      so awesome. congrats.

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      Aaaaa on

      Good job Kickstarter.

    33. Paramendra Kumar Bhagat on

      Now This Is What I Call A Blog Post http://t.co/6dhPEafj Like Denzel says in Training Day: "What a day! What a m____f_____g day!" http://www.youtube.com/watch…

    34. Cassie Marketos on

      THIS DAY! I woke up this morning certain that everything had been a dream — huzzah huzzah huzzah!

    35. Alysara Mayers Green
      Superbacker
      on

      Amazing, amazing, amazing!! Congrats to all!

    36. Ray Sumser on

      Amazing.. Way to go!

    37. Stephen Megitt on

      That's a prefect day. Cue Lou Reed! or Susan Boyle !?!?! wait, what? http://www.youtube.com/watch…

    38. Slim on

      Wow! That is truly amazing! You guys are not only making dreams come true, but proving that there is an abundance of love in this world!

    39. Jessica Rendall on

      This update gave me chills! Truly incredible.