The Crunchies, an award for started by TechCrunch (and other blogs) for innovative startups, have revealed the winners for its second year running the award. Facebook, which was the Best Overall last year, picked up the award again for this year, along with the Best Startup CEO. It was also the runner up on the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement Award.
Microsoft and Apple, long rivals in the computer market, also picked up one award – with Microsoft taking the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement award for its Windows Live Mesh, and Apple taking the Best New Gadget/Device for its iPhone 3G.
Google, also the winner of one award in the Best Application or Service Award, was very popular in the nomination process; being the runner up in the Best Mobile Application Award (Google Mobile App), the Best Enterprise Startup Award (Google App Engine) and having two nominations in the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement Award (Chrome and Friend Connect), however neither became the runner up.
Twitter, the very popular microblogging tool, picked up the Best Startup Founder award, and was the runner-up of the Best Overall Startup in 2008.
Android, however, enjoy some moderate success in being nominated for the Crunchies; with the first phone, the Android G1, being the runner up in the Best New Gadget/Device Award, and being nominated in the Best Overall Startup, and the Best Startup CEO.
The full list of winners are below, with links to the respective websites:
Best Application or Service : Google Reader
Best Technology Innovation/Achievement : Windows Live Mesh
Best Design : Cooliris
Best Bootstrapped Startup : GitHub
Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place : GoodGuide
Best Enterprise Startup : Amazon Web Services
Best International Startup : eBuddy
Best Clean Tech Startup : Project Frog
Best New Gadget/Device : Apple iPhone 3G
Best Time Sink Site/Application : Tap Tap Revenge
Best Mobile Startup : Evernote
Best Mobile Application : imeem mobile
Best Startup Founder : Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey & Biz Stone (Twitter)
Best Startup CEO : Mark Zuckerburg (Facebook)
Best New Startup of 2008 : FriendFeed
Best Overall Startup in 2008 : Facebook
For the full list of nominees, and other runner-ups in the awards, TechCrunch has it here.