The Crunchies are here. The best startups, the best founders, the best CEOs, the who is who of the tech industry gathered at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Fran. to honor the best in the business. Co-hosted by TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOm. Presented by Emmy Award winner John Oliver. Here is a lowdown on all that’s gold in tech today.
Best Mobile Application -> Google Maps
Google’s Maps app bagged the best mobile app award with last year’s winner Evernote securing runner ups place. Other nominees in this category were – Instagram, Square and Grindr.
Best Design – > Paper by Fifty Three
The Paper app for iOS by Fifty Three took home the crunchie for best design of 2012. Square secured runner up’s spot. Other nominees were – Facebook Timeline, Medium, Svbtle.
Biggest Social Impact -> Reddit
Its ironic that Reddit won the biggest social impact award while the face of the internet freedom struggle, its co-founder Aaron Swartz succumbed to pressure and committed suicide earlier this year. Surprisingly enough Indiegogo pipped everyone’s favorite Kickstarter to the runner up’s place. Other nominees included – Kickstarter, Kiva and Donors Choose.
Best Technology Achievement -> Mars Curiosity
This year Mars Curiosity beat Google Glass to win this prestigious award, last year it was Apple’s Siri who had walked away with the Crunchie. Other nominees were – Tesla Supercharger Network, Baumgartner Jump and SpaceX docks with International Space Station.
Best Collaborative Consumption Service -> Airbnb
The runaway hit Airbnb bagged the Crunchie ahead of Uber. While other nominees in this category which was introduced for the first time were – TaskRabbit, Get It Now/Postmates and Lyft.
Best E-Commerce Application -> Fab
Fab won the Crunchie in a category which is among the most hotly contested every year. Karma/Facebook Gifts came second. While other nominees included – Hotel Tonight, Warby Parker and Zulily.
Best Content Discovery Application -> Pinterest
In another close fight to the finish one of last year’s biggest hits Pinterest beat Flipboard to win this Crunchie. Other nominees were – Tumblr (related posts), Instapaper and Prismatic.
Best Time Sink -> Buzzfeed
Perhaps the one award which tech enthusiasts might consider controversial. Buzzfeed and Letterpress secured first and second podium finishes ahead of WhatsApp, Pinterest and Angry birds Star Wars. STL though totally agrees with the jury, Buzzfeed has been an amazing time sink app while there might have been a close call between Letterpress, WhatsApp and Pinterest for the second place.
Best International Startup -> SoundCloud
The social sound platform SoundCloud beat Spotify to win the Crunchie for best international startup. Other nominees included – Xiaomi, Hailo and Angry Birds’ creators Rovio.
Fastest Rising Startup -> SnapChat
SnapChat beat Stripe to win this Crunchie. While Pinterest was left disappointed yet again in yet another category. Lyft and Exec made up the remaining nominees.
Best Bootstrapped Startup -> Techmeme
Techmeme has certianly spread its wings and is gaining in popularity with each passing month, therefore it doesn’t surprise us one bit to see them win this Crunchie. FreshBooks won the runner-up’s award, while other very promising startups which were nominated were – Instapaper, Nimbus and Upverter.
Sexiest Enterprise Startup -> Box
We thought Zendesk would give Box a run for their money in this category and they didn’t, Box took home the Crunchie beating Cloudera, while Zendesk was left wondering along with the other two nominees Asana and Plexxi.
Best Education Startup -> Codecademy
Codecademy beat Coursera to win this Crunchie. While Khan Academy was also a nominee along with Edmodo and Udacity.
Best Hardware Startup -> Marketbot
Marketbot beat Raspberry Pi for this Crunchie. Other nominees included – Lit Motors, Lockitron and Nest.
Best New Startup of 2012 -> Coursera
Coursera beat Lyft to win this Crunchie. Other nominees included – SnapChat, Waze and Crowdtilt.
Best Overall Startup of 2012 -> GitHub
The world’s favorite social coding cloud platform GitHub won this Crunchie and rightly so. It was the runner up’s place which was up for grabs and Palantir sprung a surprise beating Instagram, Square and Fab to the position.
Angel of the Year -> Chris Dixon
Investor at Andreessen Horowitz Chris Dixon bagged this Crunchie ahead of Y – Combinator co-founder Paul Graham. Other nominees included TechCrunch founder Micheal Arrington, former Googler Chris Sacca along with founder and managing partner of SV Angel David Lee.
VC of the Year -> Peter Thiel
The man who saw Facebook as a successful business proposition before the rest of the world did Peter Thiel returned to win the VC of the year Crunchie. He beat Sequoia Capital partner Jim Goetz to the top spot. Other nominees included Facebook’s former VP of Product Management Matt Cohler, Venture Capitalist Michael Moritz and Andreessen Horowitz co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
Founder of the Year -> Kevin Systrom
For taking the world by storm with Instagram Kevin Systrom bagged his Crunchie. PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk came second. While other nominees included – Airbnb founders Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia. Eventbrite founders Kevin and Julia Hartz and Renaud Visage. And founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks Nir Zuk.
CEO of the Year -> Mark Zuckerberg
Zuck-Dawg pipped everyone to bag the CEO of the year award, he outshone his closest rival Google CEO Larry Page by a whisker (so to speak). Other nominees included – Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, Evernote CEO Phil Libin and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.