For the 2007 Crunchies, 110,872 votes were cast for the finalists in the following categories:

Best technology innovation / achievement

Recognition for best new technology achievement or breakthrough

Nominees: Earthmine, Like, Move Networks, Twine, Viewdle

Best bootstrapped start-up

For a company that has raised less than $100.000 from individuals, angels or others

Nominees: FriendFeed, PoliticalBase, ProductWiki, TechMeme, UpNext

Best new gadget / device

For the best new Internet-accessible electronics device launched in 2007

Nominees: iPhone, Kindle, Ooma, Pleo, Wii

Best business model

For a company that’s pioneering new revenue-creation opportunities

Nominees: Glam Media, Imeem, Prosper, Weatherbill, Zazzle

Best design

Recognition for best user-interface design

Nominees: Etsy, Jackson Fish Market, Netvibes, SmugMug, Songza

Best enterprise start-up

For a start-up focused on enterprise or business-to-business applications and services

Nominees: 37signals, Attributor, EditGrid, Ribbit, Zoho

Best consumer start-up

For a start-up focused on consumer-facing applications and services

Nominees: 1800-FREE-411, 23andMe, LinkedIn, Meebo, Zillow

Best mobile start-up

For companies who provide mobile content or mobile distribution platforms

Nominees: AdMob, Fring, Loopt, Shozu, Twitter

Best international start-up

To recognize start-up achievement outside the United States (company must be founded, headquartered and operated primarily outside the US)

Nominees: Atlassian, Gizmoz, MusicShake, Netvibes, Openads (now OpenX)

Best user-generated content site

For sites who rely on content created primarily from users

Nominees: Digg, Facebook, Geni, Instructables, Yelp

Best video site

For sites who distribute video and/or other rich-media content

Nominees: Aniboom, Hulu, Joost,, Tokbox

Best clean tech start-up

For companies focused on environmentally conscious technology applications

Nominees: A123Systems, Ausra, GridPoint, NanoSolar, Tesla Motors

Best use of viral marketing

For the company that has demonstrated the best use of viral marketing techniques to drive distribution

Nominees: Flixster, iLike, iminlikewithyou, RockYou, StumbleUpon

Best time sink site

Favorite site to use when you’re not working or not wanting to think about work

Nominees: College Humor, Duels, Kdice, Kongregate, Pandora

Most likely to make the world a better place

To recognize a site that is making an important social impact in the world. Site does not need to be a non-profit to qualify.

Nominees: Causes,, Zerofootprint, Kiva, One Laptop Per Child

Most likely to succeed

Site most likely to meet with future financial success (may be defined as revenue creation, a big exit, or other future accomplishment)

Nominees: Kayak, Mint, Slide, Wordpress, Zivity

Best start-up founder

Award to recognize an exemplary start-up business founder

Nominees: Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Max Levchin (Slide), Kevin Rose (Digg), Evan Williams (Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Best start-up CEO

Award to recognize an exemplary start-up business CEO

Nominees: Gina Bianchini (Ning), Dick Costolo (Feedburner), Toni Schneider (Automattic), Rob Solomon (Sidestep), Lance Tokuda (RockYou)

Best new start-up of 2007

Company must have been founded in 2007

Nominees: Hulu, iMedix, Joost, Ribbit, Tumblr

Best overall

For the best overall site or product of 2007

Nominees: Digg, Facebook, GrandCentral, Twitter, Zillow

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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