Since crowdfunding juggernaut Kickstarter debuted in 2009, it’s been a launchpad for over 100,000 different products — from home objects to electronics to apparel to books. To help us make sense of it all (and, of course, find the coolest things to buy), we asked the people who know it best — the employees of Kickstarter — what they consider the top Kickstarter-funded (or, “Kickstarted”) products you can buy online.
“This lighting system creates carefully timed blinks that let you speak the secret language of fireflies. Turn it on and it starts attracting ‘other’ fireflies.” — David G., communications at Kickstarter
“It’s an elegant wooden sound system crafted of furniture-grade wood that does all the things that your Sonos does — streaming playlists, listening to Spotify, tuning to internet radio. It’s even Amazon Dot–compatible.” — Nick Y., curation at Kickstarter
“An elegant, geometric cat candle that reveals a creepy little cat skeleton once the wax melts.” — Marissa D., product at Kickstarter
“Cute, colorful ceramics that would be great as vases or nesting dishes — with a melty look.” — Glory E., outreach at Kickstarter
“A silicone keyboard cover, plus software that turns your keyboard’s keys into helpful shortcuts to the most-used emoji.” — Lena I., executive at Kickstarter
“These legs use clamps to turn any piece of flat surface — scrap wood, marble, plastic — into a coffee or side table.” — Elise M., outreach at Kickstarter
“A geeky line of cocktail gear that uses lab-style beakers (it’s got the curled lip and spout and measuring lines) as rocks glasses. Good for everyday use, or for mixing drinks right in the glass.” — David G., communications at Kickstarter
“A children’s activity and picture book that will teach your little one how to code. Great for kids, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to code, so helpful for me, too.” — Marissa D., product at Kickstarter
“Brewing gear takes up a lot of space, but the tiny Pico makes it easy to brew something your friends will actually drink.” — Michael S., outreach at Kickstarter
“It’s an instrument with customizable sounds that’s also ergonomic enough to be played however you want it to. Strum it like a guitar, bow it like a violin, or tap it like drums.” — Nick Y., curation at Kickstarter
“Modern cat houses for fancy cats.” — Lena I., executive at Kickstarter
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