Several members of the MobileFOMO editorial team are attending the 8th annual Crunchies Awards tonight in San Francisco. Comedian TJ Miller of HBO’s Silicon Valley will be the host, which we’re especially stoked about! We have taken the liberty of guessing who the winners in each category will be based on our knowledge of the industry, whether or not they’re mobile related.
Without further ado… here are our predictions!
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Apple Pay
Apple continues to make industry strides and this has transformed the way many people pay now and will pay for services in the future.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Shyp
Shyp is a dream come true if you consider all the hassles involved in how things are personally shipped today. No more trekking to the shipping store, waiting in lines, figuring out the postage options, or even finding a box that actually fits the items you want to ship in the first place.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Instacart
Instacart has partnered with thousands of retailers to deliver your groceries, including chains like Whole Foods and a slew of independent shops, and recently earned a $2 billion valuation. The interface is clean, users are not bombarded with any sort of advertising nor will they be in the future, and their delivery network could reshape the competitive landscape of local grocery markets.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Venmo
Venmo is the safe, secure way to send money through the web from person to person. The interface is social and interactive, and what sets it apart is that it was built to be entirely free for that person-to-person experience.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Product Hunt
Product Hunt elevates other people, and highlights new products and companies that are emerging. Companies who appear on Product Hunt have real impact.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Misfit Wearables
While we firmly believe mobile is hot and will always be hot, wearables are starting to HEAT UP. Misfit specifically is doing some really amazing things. Have you seen the Shine? It’s one of the hottest fitness trackers out there.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Airbnb
Whether you’ve used the service or not, you have to give it up to Airbnb for their Apple-like leadership when it comes to responsive design. Their site truly focuses on the users and has a feature functionality that has its competitors beat.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Grammarly
We’ve actually used Grammarly ourselves here at MobileFOMO. It’s surprisingly easy to use proper grammar. Their interface is stellar and the user experience overall is seamless.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: GitHub
What techie person doesn’t revere GitHub? None that we know! It’s very common to exchange GitHub urls in geekier circles so that you can showcase your work. Speaking from experience, quite a few developers were sending around their GitHub urls at last few hackathons we attended… We expect to see GitHub only grow over time.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Spotify
I mean come on. Everyone loves Spotify! They are undoubtedly one of the hottest music startups around and their mobile experience is second to none. If you’re still using Pandora, we’re sorry! Try spotify. You will thank us…
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Coursera
While there are no shortages of online course sites, we think Coursera is the stand out. They’ve partnered with quite a few Universities to bring free education to people online. This is an incredible thing!
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Oculus VR
Have you been to a tech conference this past year and NOT heard about Oculus? If so, wow. This startup has taken wearables to the next level with a variety of applications. Gamers rejoice!
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
While we think that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood will win, we believe Twitch should win. They’re reinventing not just the gaming space, but the music space and is therefore allowing other people who create to be a part of what they’re doing.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an amazing organization that helps women launch their careers in technology. Our editor in chief was a web developer for nearly ten years, so this is a cause near and dear to our hearts. Also, they are freaking awesome.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Kickstarter Backers of Oculus VR
Kickstarter is much more than backing potato salads… We are rooting for Kickstarter, because they help elevate other people who are truly looking to innovate. When LeVar Burton posted Reading Rainbow on Kickstarter, we were hooked.
I mean come on, Andreessen & Horowitz are an omnipresent force here in Silicon Valley. It’s hard to talk about startups in Silicon Valley without mentioning them.
Founder of the Year
Stewart Butterfield, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson and Serguei Mourachov (Slack)
John and Patrick Collison (Stripe)
Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
Brian Acton and Jan Koum (WhatsApp)
Mikkel Svane, Alexander Aghassipour and Morten Primdahl (Zendesk)
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Elizabeth Holmes
We’ve attended conferences where Elizabeth Holmes spoke. WOW. Just wow. What she is doing for the medical industry is nothing short of revolutionary. Medical tech is a hot field and we wish Elizabeth luck!
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer has made Yahoo a player again.Yahoo’s market share is climbing for the first time in a long time because of the partnership with Firefox. Marc Benioff is a close second.
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Product Hunt
We chose Product Hunt because we love it. Also, we love the companies that help elevate others. There have been quite a few startups that have gotten interest (and even funding) that they wouldn’t have otherwise without it. The idea is simple, but they do one thing and do it well. There is beauty in simplicity!
MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Snapchat
After Snapchat’s then 23-year old CEO Evan Spiegel turned down a $3 billion acquisition from Facebook in late 2013, he received plenty of criticism, as many people predicted that Snapchat would fizzle away. However, it has done just the opposite. Last month the medium launched Discover, which allows brands to connect with over the 100 million daily active users, most of which are under 18. And today, Madonna will premiere a new music video on that platform. Over the past year Snapchat exploded, proving its worth and longevity in this industry, and for that reason we believe it deserves the Best Overall Startup of 2014.
If you plan to attend The Crunchies tonight, please feel free to tweet @mobilefomo if you would like to meet the team!