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COOLEST COOLER: 21st Century Cooler that's Actually Cooler

A project in Portland, OR by Ryan Grepper

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The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.
Backers: 62631
Average Pledge Per Backer: $212

Funded: $13,283,275 of $50,000
Dates: Jul 8th -> Aug 29th (53 days)
Project By: Ryan Grepper
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Coolest Cooler update: Shutting down sales via Coolest to focus on Kickstarter backers

November 24th - via:
To date, Coolest told us that the company has “paid for, made and shipped 35,000” coolers to Kickstarter backers, leaving about 25,000 to go. (Read More)

A Kickstarter for pricy coolers has not given coolers to many of its backers.

November 21st - via:
The Coolest is short of coolers and cash because of production issues. (Read More)

Some temperatures rise over 'Coolest Cooler' Kickstarter campaign

November 2nd - via:
Many backers say the company that makes the Coolest Cooler is not living up to expectations and that they're treating their early supporters unfairly. (Read More)

From successful smartwatches to fraudulent beef: 12 highs and lows of Kickstarter

October 21st - via:
We take a look at some of the success stories to come out of Kickstarter crowd funding as well as the best forgotten failures. (Read More)

'Shut up and take my money!': 12 Kickstarter wins

September 4th - via:
If you want to make your idea a reality, you may as well try crowdfunding it -- it worked out well for these folks! (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Coolest Cooler, Record Breaking Kickstarter, Begins Shipping and Available for Order

August 6th - via:
The upgraded Coolest is now shipping to backers and available for order exclusively on site. (Read More)

This behind-the-scenes video shows how the Coolest Cooler was made

July 28th - via:
[VIDEO] - Still waiting on your Coolest Cooler? This video from MakerBot Stories might help convince you that your purchase is worth the wait. (Read More)

'Coolest Cooler' to start shipping tomorrow, summer not totally ruined

July 23rd - via:
Ticked-off customers of the Coolest Cooler should take note — the coolers are supposed to start shipping tomorrow, according to the Portland Business Journal. (Read More)

2nd Largest Kickstarter Campaign Ever to Ship this Month

July 20th - via:
The Coolest Cooler, a crowdfunded product that held the most funded ever title until it was usurped by the Pebble Smartwatch, has announced it will start shipping to backers the end of this month. (Read More)

6 Sick Coolers

May 25th - via:
Keeping your beer cold isn't enough anymore. Here are six coolers that take it up a notch. (Read More)

5 experienced crowdfunders share their best campaign advice

March 31st - via:
All of these campaigns have one thing in common: Success or failure, they were learning experiences. (Read More)

15 Most-Funded Crowdfunding Projects On Kickstarter And Indiegogo

February 16th - via:
2015 is shaping up as the greatest ever for crowdfunding, with three 2015 projects already making it to the list of 15 most-funded crowdfunding projects on Kicstarter and Indeigogo. (Read More)

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January 22nd - via:
Kickstarter... is not only a web site: it is also an ecosystem, including online services, logistics providers, and other creatures. The figure illustrates this ecosystem. (Read More)

Five Innovation Lessons From Kickstarter's Most Successful Campaigns Of 2014

January 14th - via:
As Lean Startup principles have taken root over the past few years at companies large and small, innovators have stopped asking whether a product can be built and started asking whether a product should be built. (Read More)

Kickstarter record-breaking cooler delayed

December 17th - via:
About that awesome cooler that broke records in fundraising on Kickstarter? It won't be coming on time. (Read More)

Creator Of Coolest Cooler: From Failure To Phenom With Kickstarter Record

September 5th - via:
Ryan Grepper’s first campaign to promote his radical redesign of the traditional cooler failed … miserably. He is not a failure anymore. Grepper reworked his campaign for his Coolest Cooler and he is now sitting on $13.3 million in funding, thanks to supporters on Kickstarter. (Read More)

How much did that Portland company's famous Kickstarter campaign ultimately raise?

September 2nd - via:
PORTLAND, OR - In case you missed it in the rush to get out of town on Friday, The Coolest cooler closed its Kickstarter campaign at a whopping $13.3 million from 62,642 backers. (Read More)

The Best Cooler Ever Breaks Kickstarter Record

September 1st - via:
It seems that everyone and everything these days has a Kickstarter. Some are awesome and some aren’t, some are super practical and others completely esoteric. Yet these distinctions don’t always determine which projects steal the hearts of the public (and the investors) and get funded. We can learn a little bit about crowdfunding campaigns and about what moves the masses by looking at the new king of Kickstarter: the Coolest Cooler. (Read More)

[PODCAST] Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

August 31st - via:
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Ryan Grepper, creator of a cooler named Coolest, which has set a new record as the highest-grossing Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

[VIDEO] The top Kickstarter project: $12 million Coolest cooler.

August 29th - via:
Inventor Ryan Grepper on why he has attracted nearly 60,000 funders. (Read More)

A new king of Kickstarter is crowned!

August 29th - via:
Time just ran out for Pebble. The smartwatch that has been able to claim most-funded Kickstarter project ever status has lost those bragging rights to a cooler project, literally. With hours to go before the Coolest Cooler campaign ends, the project raised $12,413,954 as of early Friday, surpassing Pebble’s $10,266,845. (Read More)

Final day update

August 28th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, Today is the LAST DAY of the Coolest Kickstarter campaign! To those of you who were here from day one, and those of you who just signed up moments ago, I have something to say: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m so in awe and... (Read More)

Coolest Cooler breaks record for raising Kickstarter funds

August 28th - via:
If you think the Coolest Cooler sounds, well, cool -- you're not alone. The high-tech, multifunction cooler has just become the most-funded project ever on Kickstarter, raising a record $11.3 million and counting. The total could grow still higher before the crowdfunding campaign closes at the end of this week. (Read More)

A Tricked-Out Cooler Is Now The Most Funded Kickstarter Of All Time

August 27th - via:
“The Coolest Cooler,” which offered a 21st century facelift to a picnic staple, has dethroned the Pebble smartwatch as the most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time. (Read More)

Kickstarter has a new king: Coolest, an all-in-one cooler

August 27th - via:
Back when it introduced its first smartwatch, there's no doubt that Pebble took the crowdfunding world by storm. But, more than two years after Pebble broke and set new records on Kickstarter, a cooler is now doing the same. As of today, Coolest is the most successful Kickstarter ever, at least in terms of money pledged on the site. The project has managed to lure in nearly 50,000 backers and collect a little over $10,424,610 so far, shattering Pebble's previous milestone of $10,266,845. (Read More)


August 26th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, You just pushed the Coolest over the top and it's now the #1 highest funded Kickstarter project of all time!  I just shot this quick video for you: Thank you forever! -Ryan... (Read More)

Coolest Speakers Upgrade- take #2

August 26th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, I heard that many of you had difficulty viewing the video update I sent yesterday. I definitely want you to see it! I shared the new and improved accessory deck area, and a BIG upgrade to the Coolest Bluetooth speaker. I’m so... (Read More)

Coolest Cooler Inches Closer to Kickstarter Record

August 26th - via:
The Coolest Cooler campaign is on the verge of breaking the Kickstarter record for the most-funded project on the platform. (Read More)

A new king of Kickstarter about to be crowned

August 26th - via:
The Pebble Watch kickstarted the wearable device race, but it's about to lose its place as the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever, to a cooler project. (Read More)

Coolest Speaker Upgrade!

August 24th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, THANK YOU ALL, again, for your amazing support throughout this entire campaign! I’m so grateful. At this moment, we are within an arm’s reach of becoming the #1 crowdfunding project of all time, and I owe it all to your... (Read More)

'Coolest Cooler' inventor explains how he raised $9 million on Kickstarter

August 22nd - via:
Ryan Grepper tried raising $125,000 on Kickstarter last year for his geeked-out cooler, but fell just short. He decided to give it another shot again last month and, well, let’s just say the second go-around turned out a little bit better. (Read More)

How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

August 21st - via:
When you ask random strangers on the Internet to give you money, there are no guarantees. That’s true in almost any scenario, including when video game developers use Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of a game. While 3,900 or so games have been funded on Kickstarter, more than 7,200 game projects failed to hit their goal. (Read More)

You'll Never Believe The Incredibly Awesome Things On Kickstarter Right Now.

August 20th - via:
These 16 amazing Kickstarter projects are all available right now, and are mind bogglingly cool. Seriously, how did I live without them? (Read More)

With $9 Million and Counting, This Cooler Could Become the No. 1 Kickstarter Campaign Ever

August 19th - via:
The Coolest -- a cooler that comes equipped with a rechargeable blender for mixed drinks, a smartphone charger and other goodies -- is currently the second most funded project in the crowdfunding site’s history. (Read More)

12 days to go!

August 17th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, THANK YOU again for your extraordinary support. You guys have shown up and shared this project so generously, and because of your sharing the Coolest is now the #2 most-funded project EVER on Kickstarter! You guys are amazing! My... (Read More)

Coolest Cooler: 2nd Most Funded Kickstarter Campaign Ever

August 13th - via:
Sometime last night the Coolest Cooler strolled past the Ouya video game console to become the 2nd biggest crowdfunding campaign ever on Kickstarter. Only the Pebble smartwatch stands in Coolest Cooler’s path to become the most funded campaign of all time on the Kickstarter platform. Pebble has held the champion title for over two years now having raised over $10.266 million in May of 2012. Coolest Cooler still has 16 days left in its campaign and at present velocity is on track to surpass the mighty Pebble. (Read More)

Coolest Update

August 11th - via:
Hey Coolest Backers, This was another amazing week and I have all of you to thank for it! I’m still so happy and humbled by all the support from the Kickstarter community. We made a ton of progress last week with the Coolest so here’s what’s... (Read More)

'The Coolest' is one of the hottest items ever on Kickstarter

August 8th - via:
The "Coolest Cooler" is a hit on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. It looks like a regular cooler, but it's covered with gadgets like a blender and a cell phone charger. Designer Ryan Grepper initially missed his funding goal of $125,000, so he went back to the drawing board, and redesigned the product. (Read More)

How to make $8 million on Kickstarter

August 8th - via:
Want to launch a mega-successful Kickstarter campaign? Here's how to do it. (Read More)

The color race is close!

August 2nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

21 Genius Gadgets On Kickstarter Right Now

August 1st - via:
Check out the campaigns that will change your life tomorrow, today. (Read More)

Cooler on track to become highest-funded Kickstarter campaign ever

July 31st - via:
For the cooking enthusiast who is tired of traditional coolers, a highly funded Kickstarter campaign may have the answer. A new cooler, dubbed the Coolest, looks to give beach-bound and tailgating chefs more functionality out of the age-old cold storage space. Surprisingly, this campaign failed to raise enough money in the past, but now having crowd-sourced over $7 million, the Coolest is on track to be the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time. According to Kicktraq, the Coolest could gain over $20 million in funding by the campaign’s end. A cooler having such success has surprised many, but the Coolest could be the perfect summer solution for preparing for a barbecue or day by the lake. (Read More)

$7.5M pledged via Kickstarter for Helena native's "cool" idea

July 28th - via:
HELENA, MT - Helena native Ryan Grepper has what he thinks is a great idea, and so do more than 38,000 other people to the tune of more than $7.5 million dollars and counting. (Read More)

Gadget Girl: The "Coolest" Cooler on Kickstarter

July 17th - via:
USAtoday is hooked on the Coolest cooler and so am I. This kickstarter campaign has has blown in goal of $50k out of the water with over $5.5M to date. (Read More)

Kickstarter Lesson #109: Seasonal Timing

July 17th - via:
I was wrong, and I have proof. One of my first Kickstarter Lessons was called Timing and Length. In it, I wrote, “I don’t think the success of projects are tied to the time of the year at all.” (Read More)

Coolest Cooler на пути к рекорду Кикстартера: собрано почти $6 млн. и это только начало!

July 17th - via:
Новый феномен Кикстартера (Kickstarter) проект Coolest Cooler занимает уже 5-ое место в общем рейтинге самых успешных проектов на платформе. Поразительно еще и то, что ему удалось этого добиться всего за 7 дней! Ближайшими "жертвами" Супер Кулера являются всемирно известные проекты: Вероника Марс и плеер Pono Music, занимающие 4-е и 3-е места соответственно. (Read More)

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU

July 16th - via:
Hey y’all, I don’t even know where to start, or how to write this update. All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. As of this update, you’ve already made the COOLEST COOLER the 5th most funded product ever on Kickstarter, with 43 days... (Read More)

High-Tech Cooler Tops $4M on Kickstarter

July 15th - via:
Portland, Oregon inventor Ryan Grepper's "Coolest Cooler" is giving the cooler a much-needed 21st century upgrade. (Read More)

The Coolest Is the Coolest Cooler Ever

July 14th - via:
This cooler has a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, LED light and more. (Read More)

Coolest Cooler Kickstarter Now in Top 20 Most Funded Crowdfunding Campaigns

July 12th - via:
The Coolest Cooler, a Kickstarter re-do that regrouped an initially failed campaign, has now entered the top 20 most funded crowdfunding campaigns ever on the Kickstarter platform. Don’t blink either, as the project continues to quickly scale the crowdfunding ladder. (Read More)

Holy Crap! This Is Epic! You’ll Never Need Another Cooler Again!

July 12th - via:
The Coolest is...well, the coolest! (Read More)

Kickstarter Coolest Cooler Project

July 12th - via:
This thing is pretty awesome. (Read More)

Vote for Colors!

July 11th - via:
Thanks to YOU the COOLEST is already the 22nd most funded Kickstarter project of all time... and it's only day 4!! HUGE THANKS!! Since we're already breaking records, why not make the COOLEST even cooler?   The Color Queen has come up with 6 new... (Read More)

Coolest Cooler Kickstarter now past $6M

July 11th - via:
A Portland man’s ultimate beach party invention has inspired people from around the world to donate more than $3 million to his Kickstarter campaign. (Read More)

Portlander's campaign for Coolest Cooler on track to break Kickstarter record

July 10th - via:
PORTLAND, OR - You say you're tired of plunging your bare hands into a case of half-melted ice cubes in search of a sandwich or a Drop Top Ale? Ryan Grepper is here for you. And three days into a white-hot Kickstarter campaign, it's clear that a world of customers is here for him. (Read More)

Just crossed a COOLEST Million!

July 9th - via:
Have you ever been able to use the phrase 'Make it so... Money is no object!!' Me either, but I sure will be soon!  First, BIG THANKS to all you COOLEST backers for supporting my dream project and making me an overnight success after all these... (Read More)

Just hit our goal!!

July 8th - via:
Wow!  Thank you all so much for rallying behind the COOLEST!!!! In less than 36 hours we've crossed the FUNDING GOAL and your COOLEST will get made! I've got some exciting stretch goals I want to share but I just didn't imagine I'd have to get them... (Read More)

The 'Coolest' cooler returns to Kickstarter

July 8th - via:
This feature-packed cooler is built to do just about everything but start the campfire. (Read More)

The Coolest Cooler

July 8th - via:
Is it cool enough to be called the Coolest? You decide. After months of anticipation (well, my 6-packs, margarita mix, and I were waiting with bated breath) the Coolest Cooler has finally launched its Kickstarter campaign. Yeah, it's cold. Throw in some ice, some brews, and some perishables and this cooler will preserve their chill and their freedom from bacteria and spoilage. But what makes the Coolest Cooler the ultimate in superlatives isn't just its 60-quart insulating capacity and dashing orangeness. (Read More)

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