Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Most Compelling Startups and Innovations

The Winners of the 2007 Crunchies award have been revealed. The most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year have been nominated and chosen by the internet community.

  • Best Overall: Facebook
  • Best technology innovation / achievement: Earthmine
    Earthmine picks up where Google Earth leaves off, bringing deep semantic data to 3D panoramas of the real world. They are indexing reality into 3D maps.
  • Best Clean Tech Startup: Tesla Motors
    Tesla’s green sports car has captured the imagination of a public who had come to expect electric cars to be dull are boring.
  • Best video startup: Hulu
    Hulu put television online. Their mission is to help you find and enjoy the world's premium content when, where and how you want it.
  • Best user-generated content site: Digg
  • Best mobile start-up: Twitter
  • Best International startup: Netvibes
  • Best consumer startup: Meebo
    Meebo made instant messaging ubiquitous by bringing it online.
  • Best enterprise startup: Zoho
    Zoho’s comprehensive online suite of 14 business applications ranging from document editing to CRM continues to lead the way in the move away from desktop computing to working in the cloud.
  • Best design: SmugMug
    SmugMug is professional photo site.
  • Best new gadget/ device: Apple iPhone. See the Apple acceptance speech here.
  • Best business model: Zazzle
    Zazzle is an on-demand factory of consumer goods for top brands. It lets consumers become producers by uploading their own images onto that T-shirt, mug, or mousepad and receive a commission on products that they sell and design.
  • Best bootstrapped startup: Techmeme.
    Techmeme serves as the front page of the tech blogosphere. The site’s advanced algorithms identify the day’s top stories by making sense of conversations across the web’s best blogs.
  • Best Startup Founder: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
  • Best Startup CEO: Toni Schneider (Automattic)
  • Best new startup: iMedix
    iMedix combines search and social networking to change the way people find health information online. Users are encouraged to help each other by sharing health experiences and links from around the web.
  • Most likely to succeed: Automattic (WordPress)
    The open source blogging platform that powers the long tale and turned into a multi-million dollar spam fighting and hosted blogging service. They have just announced 3 GB of free space thanks to hosting on Amazon S3.
  • Best use of viral marketing: StumbleUpon
    StumbleUpon’s service lets users bookmark and discover new sites they love. With only a $1.5 million investment in 2005, StumbleUpon gew to over 4 million Stumblers and was bought by eBay in 2007 for $75 million
  • Best time sink site: Kongregate
    CEO Jim Greer describes Kongregate as XBox live for casual games. This site hosts some of the webs most addictive casual games. Remember Desktop Tower Defense?
  • Most likely to make the world a better place: DonorsChose
    DonorsChoose.org is dedicated to connecting classrooms in need with individuals who want to help.

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