A DC Startup Had One of 2014’s Top-Funded Tech Kickstarter Projects

December 16, 2014

12:30 pm

Earlier this year, we broke the news on The Micro – the first truly consumer 3D printer created by D.C. area startup M3D – which managed to raise $1 million in 24 hours through its Kickstarter campaign. And as we approach the close of another year in the tech world, it seems that the Bethesda, MD-based company’s campaign was one of this year’s top-funded tech Kickstarter projects (falling just behind Levar Burton’s Kickstarter campaign for the revival of Reading Rainbow).

According to data processed by Silk.co, the startup whose platform enables anyone to turn content and data into an easily readable and engaging format, the top-funded tech Kickstarter project in 2014 was for the Pono music player. Silk recently produced a page containing data on this year’s tech Kickstarter projects and ranked the top-funded projects from this year. Pono’s Kickstarter had a sizable lead – with over $6.2 million in total funding (it had an initial goal of $800,000). This was followed by Burton’s campaign at $5.4 million and then M3D’s at $3.4 million. M3D’s tech Kickstarter gained a lot of traction within the first 24 hours of its campaign for The Micro, a small and affordable 3D printer aimed at the general consumer – it’s now set a great personal record for the D.C. tech community with its massive funding success.

The page by Silk features more than just the top-funded tech projects, though. Because of the interactive nature of the platform, the tech Kickstarter page features widgets that also give you the ability to look at the most successful projects by percentage of funding goal reached (the top spot for this goes to the Shine12! Bright LED Badges, which raised 83,000 percent of its initial funding goal) and the fastest funded projects by funding days. There’s also a lot of really great graphics presenting the data – from which countries contributed to these tech Kickstarter campaigns to which fields received the most funding in 2014.

This summer, Silk created a similar interactive page on women engineers in tech. Check that out here.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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