A Recap Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

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A Recap Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

The 9th Annual Crunchies took place at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco last night. Host Chelsea Peretti had us laughing before our presenters came on stage to announce the winners of this year’s Crunchies. Follow along for some of the highlights of the show, including an operatic musical number, our favorite speeches and some of your social media posts.


The War Memorial Opera House

Our venue showed off the green carpet and TechCrunch green pride.


The Crunchie Monkey

Our mascot watched over the audience as attendees began to file in.


VIPs mingled backstage


How about that opener?

We kicked off the Crunchies with a fabulous opera-themed musical number. This is an opera house, after all.


Chelsea Peretti took the stage

The actress and comedian had the crowd laughing from the start.


Slack wins Fastest Rising Startup

Slack is a team communication and sharing app that is trying to help change the way we work. It features real-time communication and collaboration tools, letting users collaborate and share files easily.


Stewart Butterfield wins Founder of the Year

Slack gets more recognition as its co-founder wins the Founder of the Year Crunchie, an award meant to recognize an individual who has elevated their company to new heights in a competitive market.


Kimberly Bryant's stellar acceptance speech

Black Girls Code co-founder and CEO Kimberly Bryant wowed the crowd with her Include Diversity Award acceptance speech. 


Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR won the Hardware of the Year Crunchie, beating out Apple PencilDevialet Phantom speakerParrot Bebop and Sphero BB-8 (runner-up).

Samsung launched the second generation of the Gear VR virtual reality headset in November for $99. The slimmed-down version of the Gear VR weighs just 0.62 pounds, and it’s compatible with a wide array of Samsung’s current and previous lineup of smartphones and phablets so more users can partake in the Gear VR experience.


Bill Gurley wins VC of the Year

Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark and famous for his “doom and gloom” punditry about the impending startup bubble. He regularly rails against startups buying Kind Bars and other such office luxuries with their VC dollars instead of saving up for end times. Gurley is also considered to be a top deal maker in Silicon Valley, investing early in Uber, Zillow and a number of other successful companies.


Andre Iguodala and Sarah Lane announce Best New Startup

Honor wins!


Lookin' good!

Looking to help deliver healthcare to the aging population, Honor is a service that provides on-demand caregivers to help with things like medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation and companionship to those in need.


Facebook Messenger wins Best Mobile App

Facebook’s Messenger service grew at an incredible rate in 2015, going from 500 million users in November 2014 to over 800 million users at the end of 2015. Messenger added a slew of new features to the platform in 2015, including video calling, conversation customization with emoji, the ability to send and receive payments, and the M virtual assistant, which is currently being tested in the Bay Area.


SpaceX Falcon 9 wins Best Tech Achievement

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX to transport satellites and the company’s Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Falcon 9’s first stage rocket is designed to be reusable, and in December, the Falcon 9 achieved a huge milestone by successfully launching and landing the rocket on land for the first time.

Also nominated were: Apple’s 3D Touch, Microsoft’s Hololens, Transatomic Power, and Tesla’s Autopilot (runner-up)


Mark Zuckerberg wins CEO of the Year

Mark Zuckerberg is a two-time Crunchie winner, and this year he has seen such milestones as the explosive growth of Facebook Video, Instagram and Messenger, as well as newer initiatives surrounding Facebook’s virtual reality company Oculus.


And finally…

Uber wins Best Overall Startup.


We loved reading your tweets about the #Crunchies


And your outfits


You can watch the full Crunchies show here!

Follow this link to see the entire live stream playback.


Thanks for coming to support your favorite startups…

…and we will see you next year at the Crunchies!