So there’s this Crunchies contest held by TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Read/Write Web, and GigaOm. The finalists were announced yesterday and voting is open. TechCrunch has the post with the most comments so far. The winners will be announced on my 43rd birthday, January 18th.
Here’s who I’m voting for — it’ll be interesting to look back and see how many winners I actually pick.
1. BEST TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION/ACHIEVEMENT: Twine. (Here’s a video I did with them). Although Google’s MyLocation feature on its new mobile maps are the one thing I appreciate most that came along this year. Funny, though, Amazon’s S3 service is probably having the biggest impact on the startups and it wasn’t on the list.
2. BEST BOOTSTRAPPED START-UP. Techmeme.
3. BEST NEW GADGET/DEVICE. iPhone although ever since Qik came into my life I’ve been using the Nokia N95 more.
4. BEST BUSINESS MODEL. Glam Media. Personally, why wasn’t socialmedia.com on this list? Actually, I would have put SmugMug on this list too, although where’s RockYou? They are making tons of money right now.
5. BEST DESIGN. Smugmug. (Here’s a video I did with them).
6. BEST ENTERPRISE START-UP. 37 Signals. If Atlassian or NewsGator were on this list I might have gone with them.
7. BEST CONSUMER START-UP. 23 and me. I didn’t like the choices here, but this is the most interesting of the ones presented.
8. BEST MOBILE START-UP. Twitter. (Here’s a video I did with them). How come BluePulse wasn’t on this list? Or Dopplr?
9. BEST INTERNATIONAL START-UP. Atlassian. (Here’s a video I did with them).
10. BEST USER-GENERATED CONTENT. Instructables.
11. BEST VIDEO SITE: Justin.tv. Personally, if Seesmic, Kyte, or Qik were on this list I would have voted for one of those three. (Seesmic was removed because Mike Arrington has invested in it).
12. BEST CLEAN TECH START-UP. Tesla Motors.
13. BEST USE OF VIRAL MARKETING. iLike. (Here’s a video I did with them).
14. BEST TIME SINK SITE. Kongregate. (Here’s a video I did with them).
15. MOST LIKELY TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. Kiva.
16. MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. WordPress. (Here’s a video I did with them).
17. BEST START-UP FOUNDER. Mark Zuckerberg. (I have a video with his sister, where she gives some interesting insights).
18. BEST START-UP CEO. Gina Bianchini. (Here’s a video I did with her).
19. BEST NEW START-UP OF 2007. Tumblr. I actually didn’t like any of these choices, but Tumblr is the one that caught my eye the most.
20. BEST OVERALL. Facebook. I actually like Twitter more, but I can just hear Christopher Coulter having fun with me if I chose it, so I took the bigger Facebook.
How about you? Which ones do you disagree with?