Ah, the Crunchies Awards; the glitz, the glamour, the tech innovation. This awards show gathers the best and brightest startups and tech companies from 2011 to celebrate their achievements and amazing technology.
VentureBeat, GigaOm, and TechCrunch hosted the event, which took place Tuesday night at the glamorous Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The event was filled with tech celebrities and entertaining personalities, including host Harris Wittels, a “Parks and Recreation” alum and #humblebrag curator, and San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee, who spoke about his tech jobs initiative for the City of San Francisco.
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The votes have been tallied, the judges have spoken, and without further ado, here are the 2011 Crunchies Award winners!
Best Technology Achievement (2010 winner: Google Self Driving Cars)
Tesla Flat Pack Battery
Apple’s popular voice recognition personal assistant took the 2011 Best Technology Achievement Crunchies award.
Best Social Application (2010 winner: DailyBooth)
The New New Twitter
Google’s breakout social network snagged the award in the Best Social Application category.
Best Shopping Application (2010 winner: Groupon)
Best Mobile Application (2010 winner: Google Mobile Maps for Android)
Best Location Application (New category for 2011)
Best Tablet Application (2010 winner: Flipboard)
Eventbrite At the Door
Best Design (2010 winner: gogobot)
Best Bootstrapped Startup (2010 winner: addmired)
Tap Tap Tap (Camera+)
Best Cloud Service (New category for 2011)
Best International Startup (2010 winner: Viki)
“Groupon for Brazil” Peixe Urbano took the Best International Startup Crunchies award.
Best Clean Tech Startup (2010 winner: SolarCity)
Best New Device (2010 winner: iPad)
The coolest thermostat created thus far, Nest, nabbed the Best New Device Crunchies award.
Best Time Sink (2010 winner: Cityville)
Modern Warfare 3
Words With Friends
Zynga’s addictive word game won the Best Time Sink Crunchies award.
Biggest Social Impact (New category for 2011)
Angel of the Year (2010 winner: Paul Graham)
Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi
VC of the Year (2010 winner: Yuri Milner)
Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz
Founder of the Year (2010 winner: Mark Pincus)
Leah Busque (Task Rabbit)
Brian Chesky (Airbnb)
Jack Dorsey (Square, Twitter)
Susan Feldman & Ali Pincus (One Kings Lane)
Drew Houston (Dropbox)
CEO of the Year (2010 winner: Andrew Mason)
Dick Costolo (Twitter)
Daniel Ek (Spotify)
Phil Libin (Evernote)
Mark Pincus (Zynga)
Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn)
Best New Startup of 2011 (2010 winner: Quora)
Best Overall Startup of 2011 (2010 winner: Twitter)
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