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Here are the Crunchies finalists!

And now, the moment you all have been waiting for: VentureBeat, GigaOm, and TechCrunch are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Crunchies awards.

We combed through thousands of your submissions, considered your votes, and put them together with our editors’ expertise to come up with this list. The companies, technologies, and achievements on this list are the cream of the crop — the most innovative, impactful, and world-beating ideas to come out of the tech world.

Check out our finalists in all 20 categories below. And congratulations to every one of them for making it to this exclusive list.

Now we need you to vote on the finalists! Head over to the 2012 Crunchies voting page and tell us which is your favorite in each category.

The Crunchies, a joint production with our friends at TechCrunch and GigaOm, take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. You can purchase tickets here.

Best Technology Achievement

Felix Baumgartner’s Jump
Google Glass
Mars Curiosity
SpaceX docks with International Space Station
Tesla Supercharger Network

Best Collaborative Consumption Service

Airbnb
Get It Now/Postmates
Lyft
TaskRabbit
Uber

Best E-Commerce Application

Fab
Hotel Tonight
Karma/Facebook Gifts
Warby Parker
Zulily

Best Mobile Application

Evernote
Google Maps
Grindr
Instagram
Square

Fastest Rising Startup

Exec
Lyft
Pinterest
Snapchat
Stripe

Best Content Discovery Application

Flipboard
Instapaper
Pinterest
Prismatic
Tumblr

Best Design

Facebook Timeline
Medium
Paper by FiftyThree
Square
Svbtle

Best Bootstrapped Startup

FreshBooks
Instapaper
Nimbus
Techmeme
Upverter

Sexiest Enterprise Startup

Asana
Box
Cloudera
Plexxi
Zendesk

Best International Startup

Hailo
Rovio
Soundcloud
Spotify
Xiaomi

Best Education Startup

Codecademy
Coursera
Edmodo
Khan Academy
Udacity

Best Hardware Startup

Lit Motors
Lockitron
Makerbot
Nest
Raspberry Pi

Best Time Sink

Angry Birds Star Wars
Buzzfeed
Letterpress
Pinterest
WhatsApp

Biggest Social Impact

Donors Choose
Indiegogo
Kickstarter
Kiva
Reddit

Angel of the Year

Michael Arrington
Chris Dixon
Paul Graham
David Lee
Chris Sacca

VC of the Year

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz
Matt Cohler
Jim Goetz
Michael Moritz
Peter Thiel

Founder of the Year

Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia (Airbnb)
Kevin and Julia Hartz (Eventbrite)
Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla)
Kevin Systrom (Instagram)
Nir Zuk (Palo Alto Networks)

CEO of the Year

Dick Costolo (Twitter)
Phil Libin (Evernote)
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!)
Larry Page (Google)
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Best New Startup of 2012

Coursera
Crowdtilt
Lyft
Snapchat
Waze

Best Overall Startup of 2012

Fab
Github
Instagram
Palantir
Square

Your Favorites

Which ones deserve to win? Go to the 2012 Crunchies voting page and tell us which is your favorite in each category. Do it now!


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