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The Crunchies 2010: It’s a Wrap!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This year’s fourth annual Crunchies was a rousing success, and we’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to all the finalists and winners! Twitter took home the best startup of 2010 award and Andrew Mason won Best CEO of 2010 — to name just a few of the many highlights. It was an exciting night for all involved, and if you’d like to catch some of those memorable moments, you can view the video highlights here.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our sponsors. So a big thank you to our partner sponsor, Tagged, which hosted the red carpet and press photos with support from LiveShare by Cooliris. You can check out their photo stream of red carpet arrivals and after-party activities here.

Our gratitude to UStream for streaming the event. 10,000 people watched the live stream on-line and 1,000 live in the theater!

The incredible pianist ELEW performed at the afterparty compliments of Mailchimp, and Red Bull supplied the evening’s ‘energy’ with beverages and top talent, like DJ Platurn.

Big thank you to Microsoft BizSpark for providing Xbox 360/Kinect and HTC Windows Phone 7 giveaways and hosting the Kinect lounge at the after-party.

JiWire hosted a creative photo booth during the after party; be sure to check out all the great photos here.

You can also listen to Jonathan Mann’s “Crunchies Song,” which the YouTube sensation created specially for the event here.

Thanks, too, go out to the Crunchies 2010 Award Benefactors, who made quite a few of those beautiful chimps possible:

MailChimp, whose Amy Ellis presented the Best Internet Application award to Pandora.

Microsoft® BizSpark’s Dan’l Lewin presented the Best Bootstrapped Startup award to Addmired.

SecondMarket’s Jeff Thomas presented the Best Technology Achievement Award to Google’s self-driving cars.

Greg Tseng of Tagged presented the Founder of the Year award to Mark Pincus.

Ustream’s John Ham presented the Best Mobile Application to Google Maps for Android.

Hamid Shojaee of TransferBigFiles presented the CEO of the Year award to Andrew Mason of Groupon.

And to our Food & Beverage Contributors:

Cocktails were hosted by SVEDKA vodka and wine by eco.love. PopChips and Red Vines served some tasty snacks.

For a full list of the evening’s sponsors, please visit our Sponsors page.

And, lastly, if you’re partial to Flickr, visit TechCrunch’s Flickr page here for a full repository of Crunchies 2010 photos courtesy of photographer Richard Morgenstein.

Thanks again to all, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

The Crunchies: Video Highlights (TCTV)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

In case you missed last Friday night’s fourth annual Crunchies Awards, or want to relive the excitement, you can watch the entire show here. The sold-out event was attended by 1,000 people at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Ten times that number viewed the live webcast.

Congratulations to all the winners, runnerups and nominees!

We’ve edited down video clips for each of the awards and other segments below. Click on the images to view the videos in a new window.

Awards

Michael Arrington Interviews

Additional Videos

Blog Posts

Photos
flickr.com/photos/techcrunch.

Congratulations Crunchies Winners!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This year’s fourth annual Crunchies Awards have just concluded, and we’re happy to say that it was an overwhelming success. For those who weren’t at the event or watching our livestream, we’ve included the list of nominees and winners below. Our most sincere congratulations to the winners and to all of the nominees as well. It was an incredibly tight race for many of the categories, and it’s safe to say that everyone on this list is at the top of their field.

We’d like to take a moment to point out Twitter’s win for “Best Overall Startup Or Product”, the first time the company has won a Crunchie in this category. Twitter has become an indispensable part of social communication and a key ingredient in the fabric of the web. And congratulations to Groupon’s Andrew Mason, who won for CEO of the Year; Mark Pincus, who took Best Founder of the Year, and Quora, which took Best New Startup in 2010.

Best Internet Application
Chartbeat
Greplin
Pandora (winner)
Rdio (runnerup)
Ujam

Best Social App
Cityville
Dailybooth (winner)
Foursquare
GroupMe
Twitter (runnerup)

Best Social Commerce App
Blippy
Groupon (winner)
Jetsetter
LivingSocial
One Kings Lane
ShopKick (runnerup)

Best Mobile App
Bump
Chomp
Google Mobile Maps for Android (winner)
Hashable
Instagram (runnerup)

Best Location Based Service
Facebook Places (runnerup)
Foursquare (winner)
Gowalla
SimpleGeo
Uber

Best New Device
Boxee Box
Google Chrome Notebook
iPad (winner)
iPhone 4
Kno
Xbox Kinect (runnerup)

Best Technology Achievement
Blekko
Google Self-driving Cars (winner)
Hunch
Palantir
Qwiki (runnerup)
Word Lens

Best Design
1000memories
about.me (runnerup)
Airbnb
Flipboard
Gogobot (winner)
Qwiki

Best Touch Interface
Flipboard (winner)
Fotopedia Heritage iPad app (runnerup)
Osmos
Pulse News Reader
Sencha Touch
Swype

Best Bootstrapped Startup
Addmired (iMob) (winner)
Beluga
Easel
Fast Society
Instapaper (runnerup)
Techmeme

Best Enterprise
37 Signals
Buddy Media (winner)
CloudApp
inDinero
Millennial Media (runnerup)
Salesforce

Best International
Crivo
PCH International
Soluto (runnerup)
ViKi (winner)
VNL
Wonga

Best Clean Tech
Coolerado
Kopernik (runnerup)
MicroGreen
Puralytics
Smith Electric Vehicles
SolarCity (winner)

Best Time Sink Application
Angry Birds (runnerup)
Cityville (winner)
Netflix streaming
Quora
StumbleUpon

Angel of the Year
Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC
Ron Conway, SV Angel (runnerup)
Michael Dearing, Harrison Metal Capital
Chris Dixon, Founder Collective
Mike Maples, FLOODGATE
Paul Graham, Y Combinator (winner)

VC of the Year (individual)
Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital
Jim Breyer, Accel Partners
John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins
Yuri Milner, DST (winner)
Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures (runnerup)

Founder of the Year
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare
Jack Dorsey, Square (runnerup)
Kevin and Julia Hartz, Eventbrite
David Karp, Tumblr
Mark Pincus, Zynga (winner)

CEO of the Year
Dick Costolo, Twitter
Reed Hastings, Netflix
Drew Houston, Dropbox
Andrew Mason, Groupon (winner)
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (runnerup)

Best New Startup or Product of 2010
Flipboard
GroupMe
Instagram
Quora (winner)
Square (runnerup)
Uber

Best Overall Startup or Product of 2010
Facebook
Groupon (runnerup)
Quora
Twitter (winner)
Zynga

And a special thanks to our sponsors, including Tagged, Microsoft BizSpark, MailChimp, SecondMarket, Red Bull and Ustream.

Announcing Last Call For Crunchies Tix, Last Chance To Vote, And A Pre-Party By Animoto!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

We’re getting down to the wire … only four days to go until we reveal the 2010 Crunchies Award winners! Will you be there to see your favorite startups and founders take home the triumphant monkey? This year’s ceremony promises to be a night to remember, which is why we encourage you to take advantage of our final round of ticket sales, beginning right now. Please visit Eventbrite to snag your pair.

There is also still time to vote for your favorites until midnight PT tonight. So far about 650,000 votes are in, but anything is still possible. Some of this year’s finalists include Groupon, Foursquare, Instagram, Quora, Flipboard, Angry Birds, and Twitter.

We are also proud to announce that our friends at Animoto will be hosting a Crunchies pre-party from 5 to 7:30pm in their brand new offices in downtown San Francisco. Shuttles will be available from Animoto’s offices to the Palace of Fine Arts. Details and tickets can be found here.

As a reminder, doors for general seating will open at 6:45pm and the show will begin at 7:30pm sharp! We have a lot of show to get through together with our co-hosts GigaOm and VentureBeat and you won’t want to miss a single second. The ceremony will be chock full of entertainment, featuring the RockJazz of uber-Pianist ELEW, who will also play a special set at our after-party. Red Bull talent DJ Platurn, Pro-BMX Flatlander Terry Adams, and internet dance sensation, the Oakland TURF Dancers, are set to round out the evening’s lineup and keep the energy pumping.

A word about parking—there is free parking at the Palace of Fine Arts Complex as well as a few overflow lots near the Marina, but, remember, parking is very limited. Please read these driving directions so you can plan your visit. We encourage you to get there early and carpool with friends.

We’ve also received numerous questions about the Crunchies’ hardware—our inimitable monkey trophies. In answer to those “what’s the deal with the monkeys?” inquiries, we will direct you to a post written by TechCrunch’s own Mike Arrington announcing the first Crunchies Awards, in which he explains that the monkeys are a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Thanks to the presence of a mysterious extraterrestrial monolith, Kubrick’s great apes learn to make use of tools and weapons, marking the beginning of a technological evolution that continues today—and is celebrated by our annual Crunchies Awards. Heady stuff, to be sure. You can see the clip that became our inspiration here.

Lastly, we also encourage both TechCrunch fans and Crunchies attendees to employ our #crunchies hashtag when discussing the event (and when making those last minute award predictions) on Twitter.

And remember: Finalist voting ends tonight, January 19, at midnight, so be sure to support your favorites among the 100+ finalists for the Best of 2010. You can do so here.

Who is going to take home those monkeys? Is the suspense killing you? It’s killing me. We can’t wait to see you there!

Special ELEW performance at the 2010 Crunchies… and, yeah, we’re releasing more tickets

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

ELEW.  He wowed everyone at TED in 2009.  Blew us away at DisruptNY in 2010.  And in 2011, the talent that is singularly ELEW will rock the 2010 Crunchies Awards on January 21 in San Francisco.

Performing his own his blistering Rockjazz renditions of infectious rock and pop anthems by Coldplay, The Killers, Nirvana, ELEW has broken free of the rigidly defined boundaries of the traditional jazz world and ultimately given birth to something wholly original.  ELEW will perform during the Crunchies Award Ceremony and a special set at the After Party,  you REALLY won’t want to miss the Crunchies this year.

You can thank our friends at MailChimp for bringing him to the party.  They fell in love with ELEW just like our very own fanboy, Paul Carr, wrote in his ELEW post last April.

Today we are releasing what we think could be our last batch of tickets.   Get your tickets to the Crunchies at Eventbrite starting at 2PM PT.

About ELEW

Sound the trumpets! Here are your Crunchies 2010 Finalists

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Over 243,000 votes were cast and many outstanding achievements were discussed, it was an outstanding field and today we are very proud to announce the slate of Finalists for this year’s Crunchies Awards 2010.

Best Internet Application
Chartbeat
Greplin
Pandora
Rdio
Ujam

Best Social App
Cityville
Dailybooth
Foursquare
GroupMe
Twitter

Best Social Commerce App
Blippy
Groupon
Jetsetter
LivingSocial
One Kings Lane
ShopKick

Best Mobile App
Bump
Chomp
Google Mobile Maps for Android
Hashable
Instagram

Best Location Based Service
Facebook Places
Foursquare
Gowalla
SimpleGeo
Uber

Best New Device
Boxee Box
Google Chrome Notebook
iPad
iPhone 4
Kno
Xbox Kinect

Best Technology Achievement
Blekko
Google Self-driving Cars
Hunch
Palantir
Qwiki
Word Lens

Best Design
1000memories
about.me
Airbnb
Flipboard
Gogobot
Qwiki

Best Touch Interface
Flipboard
Fotopedia Heritage iPad app
Osmos
Pulse News Reader
Sencha Touch
Swype

Best Bootstrapped Startup
Addmired (iMob)
Beluga
Easel
Fast Society
Instapaper
Techmeme

Best Enterprise
37 Signals
Buddy Media
CloudApp
inDinero
Millennial Media
Salesforce

Best International
Crivo
PCH International
Soluto
ViKi
VNL
Wonga

Best Clean Tech
Coolerado
Kopernik
MicroGreen
Purealytics
Smith Electric Vehicles
SolarCity

Best Time Sink Application
Angry Birds
Cityville
Netflix streaming
Quora
StumbleUpon

Angel of the Year
Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC
Ron Conway, SV Angel
Michael Dearing, Harrison Metal Capital
Chris Dixon, Founder Collective
Mike Maples, FLOODGATE
Paul Graham, Y Combinator

VC of the Year (individual)
Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital
Jim Breyer, Accel Partners
John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins
Yuri Milner, DST
Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

Founder of the Year
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare
Jack Dorsey, Square
Kevin and Julia Hartz, Eventbrite
David Karp, Tumblr
Mark Pincus, Zynga

CEO of the Year
Dick Costolo, Twitter
Reed Hastings, Netflix
Drew Houston, Dropbox
Andrew Mason, Groupon
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Best New StartUp or Product of 2010
Flipboard
GroupMe
Instagram
Quora
Square
Uber

Best Overall Startup or Product of 2010
Facebook
Groupon
Quora
Twitter
Zynga

Voting is the same as nominations, once a day every day you may vote for your favorite finalists beginning TODAY here!  So get out the vote, grab a badge to support your Finalist, post it on your site and tweet out to your friends. Voting closes on Wednesday night, January 19, 2011 at 12 midnight PT.

To commemorate today’s announcement, we are releasing the next set of tickets on Eventbrite!  The release begins  at 1PM PT so get them while they last.

Just in Time for the Holidays! The 2nd Batch of Crunchies Tickets are Here!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We thought we could wait until the new year but due to popular demand, we are releasing more Crunchies tickets!  Tickets are $75 general admission and they go on sale today at 1PM PST.  It make the perfect gift for all you last minute shoppers and gives us all something to look forward to in 2011.

Get your tickets here:   http://crunchies2010.eventbrite.com (they really do go fast!)

AND LAST CALL for Crunchies  Nominations!  Final nominations can be made HERE until Friday Night and closes at 12 midnight PT.

Get the Hottest Ticket in Town! 1st Release of Crunchies Tickets On Sale NOW!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The nominations are pouring in and the excitement is building.  Come and be a part of the action at the 4th Annual Crunchies Awards.

The 4th Annual Crunchies Awards co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch will be held January 21, 2011 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater and honoring the best and brightest achievements of 2010.  Tickets are $75 and we have lots of surprises in store for our attendees.  As always the cost of the ticket includes express pass tickets to our rockin’ After Party with fully-hosted bar and tasty hors d’oeuvres at the Exploratorium next door.  The first batch of tickets go on sale today and can be purchased HERE courtesy of Eventbrite.   Don’t wait too long because we will sell out.

And nominations are still ongoing.  You still have a chance — so nominate your favorite companies, products and people of 2010 today!

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UPDATE: The first batch of tickets sold out in 90 minutes!  Thanks everyone!  But stay tuned, your ticket is still out there.  The second batch of tickets will be coming soon!

Announcing the Fourth Annual Crunchies Awards

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Crunchies are to technology what the Oscars are to Hollywood.  These awards celebrate the best tech accomplishments of 2010. Join GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch as co-hosts and masters in ceremonies on Friday January 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Starting today, nominate your favorite companies, products and people for consideration in 20 different award categories. Our focus is start-ups, but big companies and products can be considered as well. Self nominations are welcome. Grab a badge here and get your community to support you for finalist consideration. Nominations are open through Friday, December 24, 2010 at midnight PT.

The Crunchies Committee will choose five finalists per award category based on top submitted nominations and the company accomplishments made during 2010. Popular voting will open on Monday, January 3 and run through midnight PT, Wednesday January 19, 2011. The full rules are here.

True, we’re not as the slick Oscars ceremony, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have just as much fun. We promise a memorable evening with the community to celebrate our accomplishments of 2010 and look forward to a bright 2011.

Who were some of the winners in 2009?

Facebook won the Crunchie for Best Overall Startup Or Product Of 2009.

Bing won the Crunchie for Best New StartUp of 2009.

Mark Pincus won the Crunchie for CEO of the Year.

The full list from 2009 is here, 2008 is here, and 2007 is here.

Expect another great after-party to follow in the Palace of Fine Arts’ Exploratorium through midnight with lots more fun and games.

As always, sponsors make our events possible, and we have packages in all shapes and sizes available. Please contact Jeanne Logozzo regarding sponsorship opportunities for the crunchies Awards or the after-party festivities at the Exploratorium. For general queries about the Crunchies Awards or nominations, email us here,

Make someone’s year. Nominate a company for a Crunchie today!

1

Vote Today

VOTE for the companies, products and people you believe most deserve industry recognition for achievements completed in 2010, from now through midnight, PST Wednesday, January 19.

2

Grab a Badge

If you have a favorite person, product or company who is deserving of a Crunchie Award, help them out by sharing a link or creating your own badge.

3

Join The Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the landmark Palace of Fine Arts Theater Complex on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

The After Party will follow at the Exploratorium from 9 pm – 11:30 pm.  Celebrate with friends and interact with the unique exhibits on display.  There will be a hosted bar, finger food, gaming room, and other fun surprises.  Admission to the After Party is included in the awards ceremony tickets.

General admission tickets for the Awards Ceremony and After Party can be purchased HERE from our friends at Eventbrite. Seating is extremely limited and there is free limited parking on the premises.  Make an event of it and carpool with a friend.

For general event inquiries please email us HERE. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Jeanne Logozzo.

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Check out the Crunchies 2009 Flickr Stream for the full album of photos!

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