The Crunchies Award: The Nominees and Winners


The Crunchies awards have come and gone again. This being the fifth edition, it turned out to be a 5-star event, with highlights from Siri curse stunt to giving wild monkey trophies to tech’s greatest innovators. The event was streamed live, but if you missed it, check out the full list of nominees and winners below.

The world, Africa inclusive, owes a thank you to Jack Dorsey, the “Founder Of The Year” and leader of Twitter, winner of “Biggest Social Impact”. This is evident in major events that took place on the continent in 2011/12 – Egypt, Tunisia, and Nigeria,  as his poise and dedication helped keep the micro-blogging service online so it could aid revolutions.

Dropbox took the night with its win for “Best Overall Startup”. The company’s young founders Drew Houstonas and Arash Ferdowsi, demonstrated the power of the freemium model, and had the guts to turn down a 9 figure acquisition bid. I wonder what I’d have done, if it were me that was approached. I’d probably sell out.

Back to The Crunchies. Here are the nominees and winners:

Best Technology Achievement

  • Lytro (Runner Up)
  • NFC
  • OnLive
  • Siri (Winner)
  • Tesla Flat Pack Battery

Best Social Application

  • Facebook Timeline
  • Instagram (Runner Up)
  • Google+ (Winner)
  • The New New Twitter
  • Path 2.0

Best Shopping Application

  • Birchbox
  • Fab  (Winner)
  • Gilt Groupe
  • Lot18
  • Warby Parker (Runner Up)

Best Mobile Application

  • Evernote (Winner)
  • Flipboard (Runner Up)
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • Square
  • TaskRabbit

Best Location Application

  • Airbnb
  • Foursquare
  • Grindr (Winner)
  • RunKeeper (Runner Up)
  • Uber

Best Tablet Application

  • djay
  • Eventbrite At the Door
  • Fotopedia (Winner)
  • GarageBand
  • Netflix (Runner Up)
  • StumbleUpon

Best Design

  • Gojee
  • Orchestra
  • Path 2.0  (Winner)
  • Pinterest (Runner Up)
  • Quora

Best Bootstrapped Startup (2010 winner: addmired)

  • Github (Runner Up)
  • Imgur (Winner)
  • Instapaper
  • Onesheet
  • Tap Tap Tap (Camera+)

Best Cloud Service

  • Asana
  • Box (Runner Up)
  • CloudFlare
  • Dropbox (Winner)
  • Okta
  • Twilio

Best International Startup

  • Badoo
  • Klarna (Runner Up)
  • Peixe Urbano (Winner)
  • Rovio
  • SoundCloud
  • Wonga

Best Clean Tech Startup

  • Alta Energy
  • Array Power (Runner Up)
  • EcoATM (Winner)
  • EcoMotors
  • Hara

Best New Device

  • Galaxy Nexus
  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 4S
  • Kindle Fire (Runner Up)
  • Nest (Winner)

Best Time Sink

  • Modern Warfare 3
  • Quora
  • Skyrim (Runner Up)
  • Words With Friends (Winner)

Biggest Social Impact

  • Charity: Water (Runner Up)
  • Khan Academy
  • Kickstarter
  • Practice Fusion
  • Twitter (Winner)

Founder of the Year

  • Leah Busque (Task Rabbit)
  • Brian Chesky (Airbnb)
  • Jack Dorsey (Square, Twitter) (Winner)
  • Susan Feldman & Ali Pincus (One Kings Lane)
  • Drew Houston (Dropbox) (Runner Up)

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