It was good to see Techmeme, the news aggregator, win an award Thursday evening for “Best Bootstrapped Startup.” Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera (below). The Crunchies 2012 awards went mostly to older startups, like SoundCloud, one of Europe’s better known startups, and already a recepient of a TechCrunch award three years ago in 2009.
Mike Butcher from Techcrunch Europe above left, prepares to give SoundCloud another award.
John Oliver, from the Daily News show provided some of the entertainment. He said he had no idea that AOL still existed (AOL owns Techcrunch and the awards), and that he considers anyone with an AOL email to likely be a serial killer from the ’90s.
There was an awkward scripted banter performed by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder, and his former AOL boss Tim Armstrong as they avoided eye contact and awarded Mark Zuckerberg, (below) CEO of Facebook, with “Best CEO.”
Instagram founder Kevin Systrom won “Founder of the Year”, beating Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Tesla achievements. Pretty filters versus rocket science.
The award for “Biggest Social Impact” went to Reddit, a good choice.
Makerbot won “Best Hardware Startup.” There’s no need to learn how to tie a bowtie when you can just print a plastic one in a matter of hours…
The UK flew the flag, or rather draped it over a model to promote its entrepreneurial culture.
Davies Symphony Hall
Here’s more info and video from Techcrunch:
Best Technology Achievement
Mars Curiosity winner onstage segment | backstage interview
Google Glass runner-up
Baumgartner Jump, SpaceX docks with International Space Station, Tesla Supercharger Network finalists
Fastest Rising Startup
Snapchat winner onstage segment
Exec, Lyft, Pinterest finalists
Best International Startup
SoundCloud winner onstage segment
Hailo, Rovio, Xiaomi finalists
Best Education Startup
Codecademy winner onstage segment
Edmodo, Khan Academy, Udacity finalists
Biggest Social Impact
Reddit winner onstage segment
Donors Choose, Kickstarter, Kiva finalists
Founder of the Year
Kevin Systrom (Instagram) winner onstage segment
Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla) runner-up
Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia (Airbnb), Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage (Eventbrite), Nir Zuk (Palo Alto Networks) finalists
CEO of the Year
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) winner onstage segment
Larry Page (Google) runner-up
Dick Costolo (Twitter), Phil Libin (Evernote), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) finalists