Over the past few years, Kickstarter has become a force to be reckoned with. Some of the coolest and weirdest gadgets I saw at this year's CES didn't come from big corporations or even small ones -- they came from independent inventors who found funding and encouragement through Kickstarter.
Which isn't to say that every Kickstarter project is a hit. The site is also a graveyard of hackneyed ideas, indie records, and films that no one wants to see. But when a Kickstarter campaign hits the right nerve, it's an exhilarating flip of the supply-and-demand model that is so ingrained in our heads. It can also be incredibly lucrative.
In the above Top 5 video, I'm counting down the five highest-grossing Kickstarter projects that have cleared over $1 million. To my surprise, there were a lot to choose from.
So, enjoy the video, and hopefully it will inspire you to kick-start your own crowd-funded fortune.