The high-tech world is full of startups looking for that million (or multi-million) dollar idea and many fail. However, if you take a look at funding platforms such as Kickstarter, you'll see a handful that that succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of the inventor.
In fact, Forbes estimates that as many as nine out of ten startups fail. At the same time, that leaves ten percent that capture the hearts and minds of potential consumers and go on to get major support. We took a look at Kickstarter to find a sampling of the most recent big wins in the technology space. All of the projects we found were looking for tens of thousands of dollars in support and made $1.7 million or more by the campaign's end.
We found that music, leisure, 3D printing and affordable computing are the topics that are most likely to catch fire and succeed wildly. California startups seem to have had better luck than most, although Israel and Canada inventors also found some success.
Click on the image below to start a slideshow of the 15 most popular technology projects that got their start on Kickstarter.
If you are chasing the next big thing, take comfort. Ninety percent of startups may fail, but someone has to be in that elusive ten percent. Let us know which of these projects caught your attention in the comments section below.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN