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.


Adam B (Thumbplay) says:

Thanks for the update as well as hosting this competition. It’s greatly appreciated among many of us.

Rami says:

finally you cared about informing your readers!!!!!!
Ok then Friday shall it be…

jack b says:

That’s all we wanted to hear. Now that wasn’t too painful was it?!

Pun says:

The Crunchies failed in crunch time.

Just kidding. Can’t wait to hear from you guys on Friday.

Matt Buck says:

Thanks for the update! Looking forward to it.

Jeremy LeBard says:

Tell me about it! We soft launched a site two weeks before Christmas (result of an 18mo journey) and now I’m moving house only days before Rudolf visits. [Sigh] :)

M says:

thank god , u speak some words finally…
i am looking forward…

richard says:

LAME! Imagine what arrington and his clones would write about if a company promised something (as simple as counting numbers) and they were late in delivering. Kinda funny though!!!

Sandi says:

I can honestly say the voting mechanics of the crunchies was pathetic. Anyone could vote for a company for every category and you could delete cookies and continue to vote all day. I expected more from such professionals. Come on guys, you have the admit the voting process was bad at best.

Geoff says:

It seems there were a few comments on the last post compalining about the delay. I’m glad that TC and the other blogs took the extra time that they felt they needed, especially if it means the finalists will be high quality and chosen from the whole set of entries.
Though they may not be able to look at all the startups nominated, if they were more concerned with time rather than quality they could have just pruned the list that they’re looking at. I’m glad they sided with the quality of the contest :-)

dodo says:

hmm, 12:27 Paris time, still can’t see the finalists vote online.

is it possible to precise the what time exactly??

Waiting says:

TC please don’t miss the new new deadline.

jo says:

What’s the over/under on number of missed deadlines? 5? I got $10 on the over…

Alex says:

The suspense is thrilling me! Killing me! Driving me! I check this site several times a day, waiting for the time when finally, the finalists will be posted. Are we listed? Who’s the best around?

It’s driving me CRAZY!

Cobo says:

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Joe says:

HA. Its 8:30 their time. Officially the work day. Which means if they havent flipped the switch already, it means their not done yet. Which means they’re going to miss today, their third deadline and we’ll be stuck until Monday.

Fucking pathetic. Someone needs to be fired.

Joe says:

And now they’re blogging about the writers strike. PATHETIC.

Steve Jabs says:


EXACTLY! Thank you for pointing that out. My biggest qualm with the whole thing is that everyone thinks that this must be such an easy thing to do. If they were getting the majority votes as nominations… it would be. But anyone could overrun the voting system with numerous votes for a startup that just isn’t worth nomination. I’m glad also that this is an obvious sign that they are going through as many of these nominations as possible and picking the best of the group.

Dave Thomas says:

True, the voting site stinks. But you know TechCrunch are not developers themselves. They are critics of developers, that is the difference. Most critics cannot do what they are critiquing it is just part of the game. The site is build on WordPress, not a custom developed application like Digg etc, it is a news site not a stunning example of technical innovation, so what do you expect in regards to their voting site.

pelf says:

Sandi, is not as easy as it seems. Initially the voting was being blocked by IP address –instead of cookies — but that introduced a problem with people from a company (for ex.) being unable to vote if they only had one single public ip address.

The solution was to block voting with cookies, and store voters ip address, and at the end process all the votes and filter out spammed (fraudulent) votes. It worked pefectly.

Fred Oliveira says:

Dave, you’re actually wrong on several accounts. Here’s why:

When we built the voting system (in rails, not on top of wordpress as you stated) we had a pretty robust voting system, that blocked by ip address and was pretty smart at figuring out fraud. It was then requested by our client (Techcrunch / GigaOm / RRW / Venturebeat) that the ip restriction was brought down in favor of a cookie-based restriction (which we were personally against).

So what we did to make things better was automatically detect fraud from people deleting cookies (which I’m sure you can imagine is pretty easy to do with a SQL query, for a developer). So in the end, we did a formula for calculating the fraud percentage for each company (some had over 95% fraud) and it was ignored. Companies with hundreds of people sharing a single IP address were counted regularly as well.

So the thing is: don’t assume stuff you don’t know about – this blog and the voting machines are completely different things, as are the implementations (one wordpress on PHP, one a bespoke system on Rails). Be patient, and don’t be a critic (which is funny, because you’re actually writing against them, too).

Joe says:

Its almost lunchtime for Cali and they havent released it.

LOL they’re not going to. Suck it, TechCrunch. You failed pretty horribly at this.

LonelyGirl15 says:

what gonna happen when Joe’s co. don’t get a nod?

jack b says:

You know at this stage I just want it to be over already.but you got to appreciate the effort needed.

Not an easy task, maybe they should have given themselves more time.

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Dave Thomas says:


A little defensive are we? Well if it was written Rails…then it MUST be a stellar app. My comment regarding WordPress was related to the TechCrunch site, I am just saying not to expect so much from them. Who cares if it was written in PHP or Rails? Shitty implementations can be done in either and fraudsters don’t care which one you are using.

Well blocking by IP is a bad idea to start off with and your client was correct in their take on this as many ISPs will function as proxies, so they all share the same IP. Since you appear to be experts in the fraud arena, how are you blocking/detecting anonymous proxies? How about Tor? IP spoofing? And as for making assumptions about things I don’t know about, well I think you are wrong there, you are making the assumptions and stating in a public forum your “sophisticated” algorithms for preventing fraudulent votes is a joke.

There are companies that specialize in preventing online voting fraud, it might have been good to talk with them regarding this, many have easy APIs that can be utilized.

So really based on your statements here I think it is pretty safe to say that the vote results will be skewed and invalid. Good thing that it is not based on votes alone, I am sure that the TechCrunch writers have a good idea of who should be nominated. The voting alone is a joke really.





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Kevin-Disenchanted_Startuper says:

What a funny Xmas joke. So much ado about this? Digg, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc – startups? why not Google and MySpace then? If anything, do they really lack publicity and user acceptance? We thought this was about giving REAL startups a chance to get exposure to the media and VCs. I guess we got a chunk of coal in our Christmas stockings.

Merry Christmas, everyone! The fat cats, too.

Publicity thirsty and capital starving startupers

Dave Thomas says:

Cool, there up. I thought it was for companies that were started this year. Is Digg really considered a startup?

Richthofen says:


Can you be more specific at what “companies that specialize in preventing online voting fraud” really do? They analyze results? they make people install stuff? I’m interested in knowing that :)

If there is a way to detect, there is always a way of not being detected.

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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.

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