January, 2013

John Oliver Talks T-Shirt Cannons And Slashfics As He Hosts The 2012 Crunchies


John Oliver played host at the Crunchies tonight. He’s a funny guy who’s either British or an expert at pretending to be, and he’s on the Daily Show, Community and other things, so you might recognize him. Also even though he’s not a journalist, he pretends to be one, so how fitting is it that he hosted an awards show put on by a bunch of bloggers?

Oliver was hilarious as usual, and I think the best way to intro these clips from his time on stage is in his own words, so here are a couple comments Oliver made before the show in discussion with our own Colleen Taylor, who pressured him for a sneak peek at the material you’re about to see.

“The beauty is all you need to do is wait 15 minutes,” he said. “So there’s no need to ask for any tasters, we’re not doing this in two weeks, I’m literally about to do this right now […] Technology moves too fast; just wait. Technology has destroyed human patience. I’m about to do it!”

With that, check out some highlights of Oliver’s performance:

Finally, here’s a nice summary of why Oliver was such a good fit for hosting a tech awards show, in the words of the man himself:

I have almost no apps. I have so few apps that my wife’s niece laughed at me the other day. She laughed at me and then she was sad.

Congratulations Crunchies Winners! GitHub Wins Best Overall Startup


And like that, The 6th Crunchies Annual Award Show is in the bag. John Oliver provided a night of laughs while TechCrunch, GigaOm and Venture Beat jointly handed out 20 awards to the best and brightest startups, founders and venture capitalists.

The night started off with a bit of science as the Mars Curiosity netted the Crunchie for Best Technology Achievement. Then, Snapchat, the little app that’s a staple on every teenager’s smartphone, won Fastest Rising Startup. Tim Armstrong and Michael Arrington were all smiles as they handed Mark Zuckerberg the Crunchie for CEO of the Year. And as the startup world can attest, Chris Dixon rightly won the Crunchie for Angel Of The Year while Peter Thiel was awarded the Crunchie for VC Of the Year.

Congratulations to all the winners — on to 2013!

Best Technology Achievement (2011 winner: Siri)

Baumgartner Jump
Google Glass – runner-up
Mars Curiosity – winner
SpaceX docks with International Space Station
Tesla Supercharger Network

Best Collaborative Consumption Service (New for 2012)
Airbnb – winner
Get It Now/Postmates
Uber – runner-up

Best E-Commerce Application (New for 2012)
Fab – winner
Hotel Tonight
Karma/Facebook Gifts – runner-up
Warby Parker

Best Mobile Application (2011 winner: Evernote)
Evernote – runner-up
Google Maps – winner

Fastest Rising Startup (New for 2012)
Snapchat – winner
Stripe – runner-up

Best Content Discovery Application (New for 2012)
Flipboard – runner-up
Pinterest – winner
Tumblr (Related posts)

Best Design (2011 winner: Path 2.0)
Facebook Timeline
Paper by FiftyThree – winner
Square – runner-up

Best Bootstrapped Startup (2011 winner: Imgur)
FreshBooks – runner-up
Techmeme – winner

Sexiest Enterprise Startup (New for 2012)
Box – winner
Cloudera – runner-up

Best International Startup (2011 winner: Peixe Urbano)
SoundCloud – winner
Spotify – runner-up

Best Education Startup (New for 2012)
Codecademy – winner
Coursera – runner-up
Khan Academy

Best Hardware Startup (New for 2012)
Lit Motors
Makerbot – winner
Raspberry Pi – runner-up

Best Time Sink (2011 winner: Words With Friends)
Angry Birds Star Wars
Buzzfeed – winner
Letterpress  – runner-up

Biggest Social Impact (2011 winner: Twitter)
Donors Choose
Indiegogo – runner-up
Reddit – winner

Angel of the Year (2011 winner: Reid Hoffman)
Michael Arrington
Chris Dixon – winner
Paul Graham – runner-up
David Lee
Chris Sacca

VC of the Year (2011 winner: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz)
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz 
Matt Cohler
Jim Goetz – runner-up
Michael Moritz
Peter Thiel – winner

Founder of the Year (2011 winner: Jack Dorsey)
Nathan BlecharczykBrian CheskyJoe Gebbia (Airbnb)
Kevin and Julia Hartz and Renaud Visage (Eventbrite)
Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla) — runner-up
Kevin Systrom (Instagram) — winner
Nir Zuk (Palo Alto Networks)

CEO of the Year (2011 winner: Jeff Weiner)
Dick Costolo (Twitter)
Phil Libin (Evernote)
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!)
Larry Page (Google) — runner-up
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) — winner

Best New Startup of 2012 (2011 winner: Pinterest)
Coursera – winner
Lyft – runner-up

Best Overall Startup of 2012 (2011 winner: Dropbox)
GitHub – winner
Palantir – runner-up

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky: ‘We Used To Create Content Online. Now We Create Industries’

brian chesky airbnb

Airbnb was one of the trailblazers of the sharing economy, and so, when CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky today accepted the award for best collaborative consumption service — the first time the category has been a in the Crunchies — he dedicated the award to everyone: “I want to share this award with all of you,” he said.

Backstage, Chesky talked about how Airbnb was borne out of a particularly tight month when he and the other co-founders couldn’t make rent. “We started Airbnb before there was a shared economy, before the idea of collaborative consumption,” he recalled. People thought they were crazy. “Their response was, ‘Are you kidding me? Why are you even doing this?’… But I think people will look back on this time: before, people were able to create content. Now they can create industries.”

He notes that one of the company’s biggest challenges is to stay consistent as they continue to scale. “We now have thousands of travellers expecting a great experience every time,” he said.

Watch the full video below.