Successful kickstarter campaigns do not come easy. They must be creative and interesting, have a specific customer and market, have a specific plan on how to market to those customers, offer great rewards for participating in the campaign, and finally, successful kickstarter campaigns must uphold communication with their crowdfunding backers. Below are the top 5 successful kickstarter campaigns of 2017- all of which are very deserving.

Pebble Time- $20,338,986

Pebble is a smartwatch that connects to both Android and iOS phones, using Bluetooth to access music, calendars, fitness/sleep data, texts, apps and more. Since its release in 2015, Pebble Time has remained the most funded kickstarter to date. Pebble Time reached its goal of $500k in its first 17 minutes, $1M in its first 49 minutes, and $20.4M by its deadline less than one month later.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/getpebble/pebble-time-awesome-smartwatch-no-compromises

Coolest Cooler- $13,285,226

Coolest cooler is a multi-functioning cooler that includes an ice-crushing blender, a Bluetooth speaker, a USB charging port, LED lamps, a bottle opener, plates, a knife, a corkscrew, and even a removable divider that can function as a cutting board. This kickstarter campaign ended with $13,285,226 in fundraising.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryangrepper/coolest-cooler-21st-century-cooler-thats-actually

Pebble 2, Time 2- $12,779,843

Pebble 2 Time 2 is the third generation of Pebble Time watches that comes with new features such as a heart rate monitor and speaker, and is even waterproof. This kickstarter had 66,673 backers and raised $12,779,843, making it the third highest ranked kickstarter campaign of 2017.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/getpebble/pebble-2-time-2

Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5- $12,393,139

Kingdom Death is a horror nightmare board game that received 19,264 backers and pledged $12,393,139 in funds, which greatly exceeded its goal of $100,000.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poots/kingdom-death-monster-15

Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android- $10,266,845

Pebble E-Paper Watch surpassed its goal of $100,000 and ended up with over $10M in funding. This Pebble watch was the final one created, before Pebble paired with Fitbit. To date, Pebble E-Paper is the fifth highest ranking kickstarter campaign of 2017.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/getpebble/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android