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Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler kicked off things at the Engadget Expand conference in San Francisco this week with a keynote that traced the history of the crowdfunding platform and reviewed a few "greatest hits" along the way.
Strickler pointed out that Kickstarter projects have recently begun to work their way deeper into the mainstream, citing examples like the recent Academy Award-winning crowdfunded film, "Inocente," the successful campaign for a Veronica Mars movie from a major Hollywood studio, and the appearance of the Oculus Rift headset on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
"Kickstarter projects are starting to appear in the culture around us," said Strickler.
He also offered a list of milestone projects that helped the platform grow into a name that's now synonymous with crowdfunding itself for many Americans and others worldwide.
The first turning point came with the Glif, a tripod mount and stand for the iPhone 4. Strickler said that this first Apple-related project on Kickstarter "introduced Kickstarter to the world of product design."
Walking in the door that was opened by the Glif next was the TikTok, which further raised the bar for Kickstarter products due to the fact that the team behind the iPod watch had experience working in the industrial supply chain for Nike.
Finally, recalled Strickler, came the Elevation dock, which would be the first million dollar Kickstarter, to be followed a little bit later by the record-setting Pebble campaign, a record which still stands.
You can watch the full talk followed by a brief question and answer session below. Also check out our earlier story on Kickstarter's 2012 year in review, which Strickler references near the beginning: