With just under a day to go, Marc Barros is ecstatic about the response to Moment’s Kickstarter effort. And with good reason.
The Seattle entrepreneur originally set a $50,000 goal for his new startup — a set of photographic lenses that attach seamlessly to the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy line. Now, with just 22 hours to go, the company has pulled in $424,832 from more than 4,400 backers.
Not too shabby.
“We are blown away by the results,” Barros told us earlier today. “We had no idea what to expect when we launched Moment on Kickstarter and to end up being one of the most popular products on the platform ever, is just crazy. We are honored that so many chose to start this journey with us.”
In fact, Barros said that the company is now one of the top 200 Kickstarter campaigns out of more than 132,000 launched projects. Forty three percent of all projects launched via Kickstarter reach their funding goal, with a total of $976 million raised via the channel to date.
Barros, who previously co-founder helmet-mounted video camera maker Contour, said he’s been overwhelmed by the passionate backers on Kickstarter who’ve helped “give Moment incredible momentum.”
The lenses will likely range in price from $100 to $200 at retail, though Kickstarter supporters are getting one lens for $50 and both lenses for $99. The lenses are designed to allow mobile phone photographers to snap high-quality photos, without sacrificing quality.
Seattle area entrepreneurs have struck gold in the past on Kickstarter, most recently Dan Shapiro who scored $631,230 for his Robot Turtles board game that teaches kids the basics of programming.
Here’s a look at the Moment video on Kickstarter: