Slack, Snapchat Spectacles and Pokémon Go Win Top Honors at TechCrunch’s 10th Annual Crunchies Awards

2016’s Most Impactful Innovations, Initiatives and People Celebrated

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Last night, TechCrunch’s 2017 Crunchies Awards recognized the most innovative companies, leaders and startups of Silicon Valley and beyond. TechCrunch held its 10th annual awards ceremony at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, which was hosted by comedian, actress and writer Chelsea Peretti. Winners across 11 categories, including Hot New Startup, Hardware of the Year, TechCrunch Include Award and VC of the year, took home the coveted monkey statuettes of honor.

“For the past decade, the TechCrunch Crunchies Awards have recognized the best of the best while also serving as a way to gather our worldwide tech community,” said Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch. “The Crunchies Awards don’t just recognize popular products and leaders, but the people and initiatives that are helping steer our community to be a more inclusive and diverse one.”

Submissions for the 2017 Crunchies Awards came from readers around the globe, were whittled down by TechCrunch editors and then finalists were chosen by The Crunchies Board. TechCrunch editors, writers and a few very special guests presented awards to the honorees, and the celebration continued during the tech industry's favorite after-party.

“There are so many great leaders, companies and products that make up our tech community, so it’s never easy to select the best,” said Jordan Crook, Special Projects Editor of TechCrunch. “2017 is going to be another whirlwind year for the tech industry and we’re excited to see what these TechCrunch Crunchies Award winners and the industry as a whole has in store for us.”

The full list of 2017 winners include:

Hot New Startup

Otto (Winner)

Prelude Fertility (Runner Up)

Best Startup

Slack (Winner)

Stripe (Runner Up)

Best Startup Video

Snapchat Spectacles (Winner)

Slack (Runner Up)

Best Technology

CRISPR – Cas9 (Winner)

Tesla Solar Roof (Runner Up)

Best App

Pokémon Go (Winner) (Runner Up)

Hardware of the Year

Snap Spectacles (Winner)

Bevel Trimmer (Runner Up)

TechCrunch Include Award

Project Include (Winner)

Tony Prophet, Salesforce (Runner Up)

Social Impact

Kapor Center for Social Impact (Winner)

Signal Protocol (Runners Up)

Founder of the Year

Jeff Lawson, Twilio (Winner)

Tristan Walker, Walker & Co. (Runner Up)

Angel Investor of the Year

Naval Ravikant (Winner)

Troy Carter (Runner Up)

VC of the Year

Kirsten Green, Forerunner Ventures (Winner)

Aydin Senkut, Felicis Ventures (Runner Up)

To read more about the 10th Annual TechCrunch Crunchies Awards, please visit TechCrunch.


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Casey Moynagh, 212-402-4832
Highwire PR for AOL
Courtney Geesey-Dorr, 415-963-4174 ext.65