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The History of #1

On Tuesday, a project called Pebble became the most-funded project in Kickstarter history. This achievement was especially impressive considering the project had launched just six days before.

While Pebble is the latest project to hold the crown, it's not the first. Twelve projects have held the title of Kickstarter's all-time most-funded project. Here they are in chronological order.

New York Makes a Book

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Raised: $3,329
Goal: $3,000
Most funded for: 22 days
Reign: 4/28/2009 — 5/19/2009

This project was the first #1 mostly because it was one of the first projects on Kickstarter, period. It launched the same day the site did with its creators including two Kickstarter co-founders.

Allison Weiss Makes a Full Length Record

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Raised: $7,711
Goal: $2,000
Most funded for: 31 days
Reign: 5/19/2009 — 6/17/2009

Just three weeks into Kickstarter's existence Allison Weiss blew past her goal in two days. Her project instantly became the model for everyone else.

Help Polyvinyl Save 10,000 Records From Destruction

Raised: $15,625
Goal: $1,000
Most funded for: 57 days
Reign: 6/17/2009 — 8/14/2009

A great record label sells a lot of records early on in Kickstarter history.

Release the next Five Times August album

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Raised: $20,546
Goal: $20,000
Most funded for: 35 days
Reign: 8/14/2009 — 9/19/2009

A project of this size is typical now, but $20,000 felt like $1 million in 2009. Plus, it did it in just 31 days when a typical project duration was double that.

The Vanderbilt Republic Foundation: "Masters"

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Raised: $50,264
Goal: $50,000
Most funded for: 27 days
Reign: 9/19/2009 — 10/15/2009

This photography project was the first Kickstarter mentioned by the blog Daring Fireball, whose posts have generated pledges for many of the projects on this list.

Designing Obama

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Raised: $84,613
Goal: $65,000
Most funded for: 235 days
Reign: 10/15/2009 — 5/13/2010

Arguably the first Kickstarter blockbuster, Scott Thomas' art book about the 2008 Obama campaign was especially notable because he served as the campaign's Design Director.

Decentralize the web with Diaspora

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Raised: $200,641
Goal: $10,000
Most funded for: 162 days
Reign: 5/13/2010 — 10/21/2010

Diaspora raised more money in one day than any other project had ever, and became an internet phenomenon in the process.

Save Blue Like Jazz

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Raised: $345,992
Goal: $125,000
Most funded for: 34 days
Reign: 10/21/2010 — 11/25/2010

Blue Like Jazz was launched by two fans after the film's financiers unexpectedly pulled out of the production. Four weeks later the project had tripled its goal, and the film opened nationwide in more than 100 theaters last Friday.

TikTok + LunaTik

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Raised: $942,578
Goal: $15,000
Most funded for: 441 days
Reign: 11/25/2010 — 2/8/2012

The TikTok came out of nowhere to change what everyone thought was possible on Kickstarter, including us. It raised just shy of $1 million on a $15,000 goal, and was the most-funded project on Kickstarter for well over a year.

Elevation Dock

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Raised: $1,464,706
Goal: $75,000
Most funded for: 6 hours
Reign: 2/8/2012 — 2/8/2012

The Elevation Dock was the first Kickstarter project to exceed $1 million in pledges and the first to topple the TikTok. However its reign was extremely short-lived. Only six hours later, the next project in our list topped it.

Double Fine Adventure

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Raised: $3,336,371
Goal: $400,000
Most funded for: 65 days
Reign: 2/8/2012 — 4/17/2012

Double Fine raised its first $1 million in less than a day and went on to raise more than three times that. Its big funding total felt destined for a TikTok-type reign. And then along came the Pebble...

Pebble

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Goal: $100,000
Raised: ?
Most funded for: ?
Reign: 4/17/2012 —

Meet Pebble, the new #1. How long will it hold the top spot? Where will its funding end? With 30 days to go and funding already over $4 million, it's hard to say. Make your guess at the Pebble's final tally in the comments below.

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      Creator Adri Prins (deleted) on April 22, 2012

      At the end they will raise $ 23.479.934 or more...
      There are so many people who wants a pebble but at this time, not everybody knows about KS.
      The news about this amazing watch is spreading fast and the number of visitors will explosively grow.
      I live in the Netherlands and have never heard about Kickstarter before, until a Dutch website for Tweakers (<400.000 visitors a day) mentioned this watch a week ago, and 15 minutes later I was a backer.

      The expectations are high, the performance of Eric (and his dreamteam) is perfect, he is a natural talent.
      I believe in this project and in Kickstarter.

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      Creator Don Lekei on April 22, 2012

      Doing the trend curves it looks like they will pass $20M and maybe even blow past $25M if the buzz hits mainstream (note that while the buzz over this has been substantial at times, it is still mainly confined to tech news).

      Imagine what will happen if Leno, The Doctors, or a major news syndicate (eg. Reuters) talks about this.

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      Creator zyrunjackson on April 25, 2012

      SKY IS THE LIMIT , I think I will raise about 500 bucks for MY PROJECT but I understand why Pebble is so popular. I pledged for them I want them to succeed. I want everyone with a dream to as well.

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      Creator Mirko Tomic on May 9, 2012

      It will rise 10 million

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      Creator adrian on May 9, 2012

      Best Guess..... $10,159,954

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      Creator Sean Hofbauer on September 20, 2012

      Sucks for all those people that bought the "Elevation Dock"... iPhone 5 uses Lightning... Hopefully its still compatible.

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      Creator Gerard Lima on November 18, 2012

      We need all the assistance we can get, please tell everyone you know about us...And give us a chance to make this happen... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gerardlima/brothers-in-arms anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated...

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      Creator Joel et Monique Bautista on December 24

      HI everyone, we have launched “ Haitian delights" recently on Kickstarter, and we believe even if we go to family or friends but we need OTHER PEOPLE TO ENJOY in a easier way to discover projects, or they wont hear about them until it is too late, backers might be interested so take a look

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      Creator Remas Haytham on February 7

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      Creator Remas Haytham on February 7

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