Monday, January 12, 2009

Crunch Time


Wanna be "in the know" about the latest, hottest stuff coming out of Silicon Valley?

Technology and brands that are going to rock your world?

Today, TSB explores the glitz, glamour and geeks who flocked to the annual "Crunchies", this past Friday night in San Francisco.

The 2008 "Crunchies" recognized and celebrated the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year. Co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider, and TechCrunch, one of the unique aspects of this show is that the internet community is invited to choose who wins. About 170,000 companies were nominated for awards, such as "Best bootstrapped startup" to "Best Founder", which went to Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.

The biggest winner of them all, however, was a 24-year old Harvard dropout with a net worth exceeding $1.5 billion dollars. When he moved to Palo Alto four years ago, he had no car, no house, and no job. Today, his company has over 800 employees with a current valuation of about $15 billion dollars. One in three Canadians currently use his app, which attracted more than 60 million users in the last year.

He has also appeared on "60 Minutes" as well as the covers of Newsweek and Rolling Stone while Time Magazine ranked him #52 out of 101 of The World's Most Influential People of 2008.

Meet, Mark Zuckerberg, a double winner at the 2008 "Crunchies" with his company, Facebook capturing Best Overall honors, while Mark himself took home the hardware as Best Start-Up CEO.

Zuckerberg is just one of hundreds of bright, entrepreneurial minds wheeling and dealing through Silicon Valley these days, with each sunrise offering hope to other hackers and code crackers that they might be the next ones to hit the high-tech jackpot.

Some of the other big winners at the 2008 "Crunchies", included:

Best Application Or Service - Google Reader
Best Technology Innovation/Achievement – Windows Live Mesh
Best Design – Cooliris
Best Bootstrapped Startup – Github
Most Likely to make the World a Better Place – GoodGuide
Best Enterprise - Amazon Web Services
Best International – eBuddy
Best Clean Tech – Project Frog
Best New Device or Gadget – iPhone 3G
Best Time Sink Site or Application – Tap Tap Revenge
Best Mobile Startup – Evernote
Best Mobile App – Imeem
Best Startup Founder – Jack Dorsey, Twitter
Best Startup CEO – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Best New Startup of 2008 - FriendFeed
Best Overall - Facebook

The spirit of the evening was perhaps best captured by The Richter Scales, a hilarious acappella act, offering advice on how to make it through these tough economic times.

"I really want to see us build a product that lets you really feel a person and understand what's going on inside them" MARK ZUCKERBERG

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