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Crunchies 2014
Crunchies 2014
Crunchies 2014

This year was my first time to attend the Crunchies Award Show. I was excited about kickstarter being nominated at the best over all start-up because I have seen a few successful projects throughout the year including my article about Zackees. John Oliver, former Daily Show correspondent hosted the Crunchies. John Oliver made the Crunchies less awkward (lets face it us geeks are a bit awkward socially) and hilarious.

John Oliver did a great job poking fun at us Silicon Valley nerds by saying "You’re no longer the underdog!” then goes on to saying “You’re accused of over-gentrifying a city that was already the most expensive city to live in!” I couldn't agree more since Twitter has moved in to my neighborhood however he was also eluding to the protesters outside Davies Hall. It's not a San Francisco event without protesters whose main complaints were displacement of longtime San Francisco residents, Ellis Act evictions, and a call for tech companies to pay more in taxes to the city.

Like past Crunchies it was a night of awkward acceptance speeches and inside jokes but also celebrating our achievements in the tech world throughout the exciting year of 2013. For videos of the Crunchies including the opening musical performance click here and below are the winners of the awards ceremony. Till next year geeks!

Best Technology Achievement
Apple A7 Processor – Runner-up
BitcoinWinner
Node.js
Planet Labs low-cost satellites
Project Loon

Best Collaborative Consumption Service
AirbnbWinner
Crowdtilt
DogVacay
Homejoy
Lyft – Runner-up

Best E-Commerce Application
BarkBox
Good Eggs
Polyvore – Runner-up
Warby Parker
WaneloWinner

Best Mobile Application
Mailbox
SnapchatWinner
Tinder
VSCO Cam
WhatsApp
Vsco Cam – Runner-up

Fastest Rising Startup
Lulu
QuizUp – Runner-up
Tinder
UpworthyWinner
Whisper

Best Health Startup
Fitbit
MyFitnessPal
One Medical Group – Winner
Oscar – Runner-up
Practice Fusion

Best Design
Exposure by Elepath
Nest Protect
Pencil by FiftyThree Winner
Hi
Yahoo Weather – Runner-up

Best Bootstrapped Startup
Grammarly – Runner-up
ImgurWinner
NerdWallet
SmugMug
TaskUs

Sexiest Enterprise Startup
Box
ClearSlide
New Relic – Runner-up
Optimizely
ZendeskWinner

Best International Startup
BlaBlaCar – Runner-up
Huddle
Supercell
WazeWinner
Xiaomi

Best Education Startup
Code.org – Runner-up
CreativeLIVE
DuolingoWinner
Khan Academy
Treehouse

Best Hardware Startup
3D Robotics – Runner-up
Oculus VRWinner
SmartThings
Sonos
Square

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Candy Crush SagaWinner
Netflix – Runner-up
Tinder
Vibease
Vine

Biggest Social Impact
Code.org – Runner-up
Crowdtilt
Edward Snowden’s NSA Revelations – Winner
StopWatching.Us
Watsi

Angel of the Year
Steve Anderson
Michael Dearing
Keith Rabois
Babak Nivi & Naval Ravikant – Runner-up
Chris SaccaWinner

VC of the Year
Peter Fenton (Benchmark) – Winner
Jim Goetz (Sequoia Capital)
Reid Hoffman (Greylock Partners)
Bill Maris (Google Ventures)
Bijan Sabet (Spark Capital) – Runner-up

Founder of the Year
Arash Ferdowsi & Drew Houston (Dropbox) – Winner
David Karp (Tumblr)
Aaron Levie (Box) Lee Holloway , Matthew Prince & Michelle Zatlyn(CloudFlare) – Runner-up
Deena Varshavskaya (Wanelo)

CEO of the Year
Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
Dick Costolo (Twitter) – Winner
Travis Kalanick (Uber) – Runner-up
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!)
Elon Musk (Tesla Motors & SpaceX)

Best New Startup of 2013
Anki
Coinbase – Runner-up
Glow
TinderWinner
Whisper

Best Overall Startup of 2013
CloudFlare
KickstarterWinner
Snapchat
Twitter
Uber – Runner-up