A couple of hours ago, we recorded history with an engineer named Casey Hopkins from Portland, Oregon. In 15 seconds, in 10 seconds, you will be a millionaire.



RAZ: Casey and I were furiously refreshing a website called Kickstarter where more than 12,000 people went to give him their money, $1.4 million of it. At 3:00 this afternoon, the funding became official. There it go.


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RAZ: You're good to go.


HOPKINS: It's pretty surreal.

RAZ: Casey's the first person ever to collect $1 million from Kickstarter. It's a website that helps entrepreneurs fund their projects with help from donors. And for Casey, it all started when he got an idea to build a new, better iPhone dock, a little charger stand, because he didn't like any of the ones he found in the store.

HOPKINS: They're these little plastic pucks, and they don't work if you have, like, a case on your phone. And they're so lightweight that when you go to grab it, you - the whole thing comes with it.

RAZ: So Casey designed his own, one made of solid aircraft aluminum, and it doesn't move around when you take your iPhone out of it. He calls it the Elevation Dock, and he put his appeal on the Kickstarter site back in December.

HOPKINS: Then it just exploded across the Internet. We hit that $75,000 goal in eight hours. In 24 hours, we had $168,000 in pre-orders.

RAZ: People want this thing.


RAZ: Casey's received orders from retailers all over the world: Taiwan, South Korea, Australia. He's also promised an Elevation Dock to every person who contributed $59 to the project. And everyone else? Well, they can buy one for about $90, but they'll have to wait until later this year. Well, Casey, I'm going to let you go because you don't have a whole lot of time. You've got to make 15,000 docks, man.


HOPKINS: That's right. Nose to the grindstone.

RAZ: That's Casey Hopkins. He's the founder of Elevation Lab and the creator of the Elevation Dock. His idea raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter. Casey, thanks so much.

HOPKINS: Thanks for your time. Appreciate it.

RAZ: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

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