High-Tech Cooler Raises More Than $10.3 Million, Breaks Kickstarter Record

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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 a little less than three days before the Coolest Cooler campaign ends, the project raised $10,340,520 as of early Wednesday, surpassing Pebble's $10,266,845. Created by Ryan Grepper, the high-tech cooler is part blender, part waterproof bluetooth summer DJ speaker system, part USB recharge station, and yes, also a cooler to keep your stuff cold, with an LED light, cutting board, and bottle opener. Evolving the cooler has been a passion of Grepper's for a decade, he said. "Nine or 10 years ago, I was making a blender out of a weed whacker, putting an old car stereo into a cooler." His early experiments didn't work, but Grepper—who is a member of the CNBC Tech Crowd Council—did realize technology could transform a cooler into something even the cool kids might coo over. The Coolest Cooler failed the first time he rolled it out on Kickstarter in November 2013.



--- CNBC's Anthony Volastro and Eric Rosenbaum