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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.
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Best Technology Achievement
Felix Baumgartner’s Jump
SpaceX docks with International Space Station
Tesla Supercharger Network
Best Collaborative Consumption Service
Get It Now/Postmates
Best E-Commerce Application
Best Mobile Application
Fastest Rising Startup
Best Content Discovery Application
Paper by FiftyThree
Best Bootstrapped Startup
Sexiest Enterprise Startup
Best International Startup
Best Education Startup
Best Hardware Startup
Best Time Sink
Angry Birds Star Wars
Biggest Social Impact
Angel of the Year
VC of the Year
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz
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
Best Overall Startup of 2012
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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