The Sixth Annual Crunchies Awards are now behind us. The awards were widely regarded to be a huge success.  They were held this year at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.  It was hosted this year by John Oliver, a writer and correspondant on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. It was a night of laughter, part comedy show and part roast.

The 2012 Crunchies Review


In attendance at the event were some of tech’s biggest stars, including Melissa Mayer, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, who also happened to win the award for CEO of the Year.  The Crunchies are considered to be the most influential technology awards ceremony.  The Crunchies, according to the event website, “celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.”

Twenty awards are handed out in the course of the night.  Recipients include a wide variety of start ups, venture capitalists, and founders. The competition includes such categories as Best Content Discovery Application, Best Bootstrapped Startup, and Best Mobile Application, to name a few.  The 2012 Crunchie winners are as follows:

  • Best Technology Achievement: Mars Curiosity
  • Best Collaborative Consumption Service: Airbnb
  • Best E-Commerce Application: Fab
  • Best Mobile Application: Google Maps
  • Fastest Rising Startup: Snapchat
  • Best Content Discover Application: Pinterest
  • Best Design: Paper by FiftyThree
  • Best Bootstrapped Startup: Techmeme
  • Sexiest Enterprise Startup: Box
  • Best International Startup: SoundCloud
  • Best Education Startup: Codecademy
  • Best Hardware Startup: Makerbot
  • Best Time Sink: Buzzfeed
  • Biggest Social Impact: Reddit
  • Angel of the Year: Chris Dixon
  • VC of the Year: Peter Theil
  • Founder of the Year: Kevin Synstrom (Instagram)
  • CEO of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Best New Startup of 2012: Coursera
  • Best Overall Startup of 2012: Github

It will be interesting to see how some of the new startups fare in the coming years.  For example, Github, which won Best Overall Startup of 2012, also won in 2009 for Best Bootstrapped Startup.

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