The fourth annual Crunchies have come to a close, with some of this year’s winners coming as a surprise. The show was well done and the hosts did their best to keep the assembled crowd amused. However, I have to say that Om Malik was likely the most engaging personality to hit the stage tonight. His commentary each time he stepped up to the mic kept me snickering long after the show had moved on to another award category.
The Best Overall Startup or Product for 2010 went to Twitter, who beat out some stiff competition in Groupon, Facebook, Zynga and Quora. Each of those nominees took home at least one statue tonight – other than Facebook. CEO Dick Costolo took to the stage and admitted that their win came as a shock to him. He wasn’t the only one a tad surprised, I’m sure. However, I have to go on record as saying that I wholly agree with this decision. Facebook has had significant growth, yes. The other companies have done their fair share of taking the world by storm, as well. But Twitter has become such an integral part of our daily lives in SO many more ways than a simply social platform. I feel that this puts them heads and shoulders above the rest of the crowd.
Here is the full list of winners from tonight’s awards:
- Best Internet Application – Pandora
- Best Social App – Dailybooth
- Best Social Commerce App – Groupon
- Best Mobile App – Google Mobile Maps for Android
- Best Location Based Service – Foursquare
- Best New Device – iPad
- Best Technology Achievement – Google Self-driving Cars
- Best Design – Gogobot
- Best Touch Interface – Flipboard
- Best Bootstrapped Startup – Addmired (iMob)
- Best Enterprise – Buddy Media
- Best International – ViKi
- Best Clean Tech – SolarCity
- Best Time Sink Application – Cityville
- Angel of the Year – Paul Graham, Y Combinator
- VC of the Year (individual) – Yuri Milner, DST
- Founder of the Year – Mark Pincus, Zynga
- CEO of the Year – Andrew Mason, Groupon
- Best New Startup or Product of 2010 – Quora
- Best Overall Startup or Product of 2010 – Twitter
Which of the winners came as a shock to you? Do you agree with the decisions?