January 22nd, 2008

Best Overall: Facebook

Facebook revolutionized the idea of what social networking could be. [Learn More About Facebook]

Best technology innovation / achievement: Earthmine

Earthmine picks up where Google Earth leaves off, bringing deep semantic data to 3D panoramas of the real world. Earthmine’s system can keep track of the objects found in the real world and attribute information to each of them, such as latitude, longitude, elevation, and other attributes. [Learn More about Earthmine]

Best Clean Tech Startup: Tesla Motors

Tesla’s green sports car has captured the imagination of a public who had come to expect electric cars to be dull are boring. Due to be released this year, the company has pre-orders from some of the biggest names in Entertainment and Technology. [Learn More about Tesla Motors]

Best video startup: Hulu

Hulu put television online. Their broadcasting system was modeled on the success of social video sites and drawn the praise of its previous critics. [Learn More about Hulu]

Best user-generated content site: Digg

Digg’s simple voting system defined the emerging social media revolution. Getting “dugg” quickly became a badge of honor and established a coveted place in the geek lexicon. [Learn More about Digg]

Best mobile start-up: Twitter

Twitter, the new addictive microblogging platform. It wasn’t until after the South by Southwest conference that people realized the value of the incredibly simple microblogging platform. [Learn More about Twitter]

Best International startup: Netvibes

Based in London, Tariq Karim and Freddy Mini’s Netvibes has made waves in the U.S. as a top personalized web portal. [Learn More about Netvibes]

Best consumer startup: Meebo

Meebo made instant messaging ubiquitous by bringing it online. They then developed it into a platform where anyone could add chat to their applications. [Learn More about Meebo]

Best enterprise startup: Zoho

Zoho’s comprehensive online suite of 14 business applications ranging from document editing to CRM continues to lead the way in the move away from desktop computing to working in the cloud. [Learn More about Zoho]

Best design: SmugMug

SmugMug is professional photo site. SmugMug’s attention to detail and design can command as much as $150 per year from their users. [Learn More about SmugMug]

Best new gadget/ device: Apple iPhone

See Apple’s acceptance speech by (fake) Steve Jobs here. [Learn More about Apple]

Best business model: Zazzle

Looking for a Star Wars hat or memorable mug? Zazzle is an on-demand factory of consumer goods for top brands. It also lets consumers become producers by uploading their own images onto that T-shirt, mug, or mousepad. . Consumers can also receive a commission on products that they sell and design themselves. [Learn More about Zazzle]

Best bootstrapped startup: Techmeme.

Founded and developed solely by Gabe Rivera, Techmeme serves as the front page of the tech blogosphere. The site’s advanced algorithms identify the day’s top stories by making sense of conversations across the web’s best blogs. [Learn More about Techmeme]

Best Startup Founder: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Does this really need any explanation? At 23 Mark has built one of the world’s leading online destinations that has recently been valued at $15 billion. A remarkable achievement for anyone, let alone someone at the still relatively young 23. A well deserved award.

Best Startup CEO: Toni Schneider (Automattic)

Schnieder has lead the company from its roots as a open source alternative to Movable Type into a multi-million dollar enterprise that saves the world from blog spam and offers a free hosted blogging solution that competes with Google’s Blogger.

Best new startup: iMedix

iMedix combines search and social networking to change the way people find health information online. Users are encouraged to help each other by sharing health experiences and links from around the web. [Learn More about iMedix]

Most likely to succeed: Automattic (WordPress)

The open source blogging platform that powers the long tale and turned into a multi-million dollar spam fighting and hosted blogging service. [Learn More about Automattic]

Best use of viral marketing: StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon’s service lets users bookmark and discover new sites they love. With only a $1.5 million investment in 2005, StumbleUpon gew to over 4 million Stumblers and was bought by eBay in 2007 for $75 million. [Learn More about StumbleUpon]

Best time sink site: Kongregate

CEO Jim Greer describes Kongregate as XBox live for casual games. This site hosts some of the webs most addictive casual games. Remember Desktop Tower Defense? Moreover, the games are not only played by users, but also created by them in exchange for a share of advertising revenue and other rewards. [Learn More about Kongregate]

Most likely to make the world a better place: DonorsChoose is dedicated to connecting classrooms in need with individuals who want to help. [Learn More about DonorsChoose]

Recorded Video

January 20th, 2008

Watch the entire show below in a recording provided by Revision3 [Profile].

Details for Tonight

January 18th, 2008

So if you were lucky enough to get a ticket to tonight’s big festivities, here are a few reminders and last minute details:

    Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave (corner of McAllister) across from City Hall
    Parking is available in Civic Center Parking Garage, make a right on Van Ness onto McAlister and it’s under the park
    Seating opens at 6:45 pm and is first come first serve in the balcony.
    If you have a copy of our eticket, please bring it with you. If you do not have the eticket, no worries, we can check you in by name. Please arrive before 7:30.
    The ceremony will start at 7:30 and is expected to last until about 9:00 pm.
    A reception will follow in the Green Room of the theater complex until midnight. Cocktails and dessert served.
    Dress is nice business casual.

If you can’t make it, please tune in for live streaming of the event by Mogulus here.

Third release of tickets on sale now

January 11th, 2008

The third (and final) major release of 150 tickets is live now.

Please act quickly, and we look forward to seeing you next Friday.

Second Release of Tickets are Live

January 8th, 2008

An additional 150 tickets to the ceremony went live on schedule this morning. You can get them here.

Please act fast, we expect to sell out shortly.

Next batch of tickets will be released Tuesday, 1/8 around 10 am pst

January 4th, 2008

The tickets we released last night sold out quickly.

We will release additional tickets on Tuesday, January 8 at approximately 10 am pst.

In the interim, please remember to vote for your favorite technology innovators of the year.

First Tickets to the Crunchies Available Now

January 3rd, 2008

The first 150 tickets for the Crunchies awards ceremony and party, which will be held on January 18 in San Francisco, are available now for purchase, hosted courtesy of amiando. The event will be held at the Herbst Theater at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a party. Festive attire is welcome.

In addition to the startup awards, Richter Scales will be performing Here Comes Another Bubble live at the event.

Over 45,000 votes have been cast for 100 startups in 20 award categories. Voting goes through midnight pst, January 10. Don’t forget to vote.

The Herbst Theater has 916 seats, so we have just 450 general admission tickets in the balcony and dress circle to release for the event. Tickets are $40, and $10 from each ticket will be contributed to the American Heart Association (get well soon Om.) The balance of the tickets are reserved for the 100 finalist companies, press and corporate sponsors.

If you miss out on tickets this evening, additional tickets will be released next week. Stay tuned.

Vote for Your Favorite 2007 Innovators

December 21st, 2007

Voting is now live.

Congratulations to the finalists, and thank you everyone who participated in the nominations process. It was a long but amazing list of submissions, and there were lots of tough choices and debates to select the final 100.

You are invited to vote once a day through midnight pst Thursday, January 10 when the polls will close.

The award winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on Friday, January 18 in San Francisco. Tickets will be released in the start of the new year.

Thanks again to everyone for your active participation, and happy holidays.

Sorry for the delay :-(

December 20th, 2007

The process of selecting 100 finalist companies from over 82,000 nominations has taken longer than we hoped.

Voting will be live by Friday, December 21.  We promise.

Thanks for being understanding during the busy holiday season.

Thank You for Your Nominations

December 13th, 2007

Nominations are now officially closed.

Thanks for your active participation. In total, we received over 82,000 nominations across our twenty award categories.

We will announce the five finalists per award category and open finalist voting on Monday, December 17 Wednesday, December 19.

1) Nominate your favorites

Starting today through Wednesday, December 12 at midnight pst, nominate the companies and products you believe most deserve industry recognition for achievements made in 2007.

2) Vote on finalists

The Crunchies Committee will choose five finalist companies for each award category based on the nominations submitted by the community. Voting will start Friday, December 21 through midnight PT Thursday, January 10.

3) Join the ceremony!

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, January 18 at the Herbst Theater across the street from City Hall in San Francisco. It's an elegant, old world theater with 900 seats that will help give the awards the air of importance we believe they deserve. Seating will be reserved for finalist companies and event sponsors. A limited number of tickets are being released here to the general public over the next two weeks.

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About the Crunchies 2007

The 2007 Crunchies is our first annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year. The Crunchies is a collaboration project between GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Best of all, the internet community is invited to choose who wins.

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