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The Crunchies Awards: Winner Predictions

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The Crunchies Awards: Winner Predictions

Meg Rahner February 5, 2015

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!

Best Technology Achievement
Apple Pay
The Blockchain
Rosetta Mission’s Comet Landing
SpaceX Lateral Booster
Stella Solar-Powered Car

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.

Best On-Demand Service
Hotel Tonight

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.

Best E-Commerce Application
Honest Company
Warby Parker

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.

Best Mobile Application
Yik Yak

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.

Fastest-Rising Startup
Lending Club
Product Hunt
Yik Yak

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.

Best Health Startup
Misfit Wearables

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.

Best Design
Manual Camera App
Monument Valley

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.

Best Bootstrapped Startup
Daring Fireball

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.

Best Enterprise Startup

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.

Best International Startup

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…

Best Education Startup
Khan Academy

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!

Best Hardware Startup
Oculus VR

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!

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

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.

Biggest Social Impact
Girls Who Code
Tim Cook’s Brick

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.

Angel of the Year
Cyan and Scott Banister
Ashton Kutcher
Alexis Ohanian
David Tisch
Kickstarter Backers of Oculus VR

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.

VC of the Year
Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz)
Peter Fenton (Benchmark)
Jim Goetz (Sequoia Capital)
Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures)
Peter Thiel (Founders Fund)

MobileFOMO’s predicted winner: Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz 

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!

CEO of the Year
Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com)
Tim Cook (Apple)
Drew Houston (Dropbox)
Travis Kalanick (Uber)
Marissa Mayer (Yahoo)

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.

Best New Startup of 2014
Product Hunt

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!

Best Overall Startup of 2014

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!

Meg Rahner

Meg Rahner
Meg is the PR Coordinator for CircleClick and a writer for MobileFOMO. She is from Erie, Pennsylvania and has a BA in Public Relations from Penn State University. She moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating in 2010 and loves life on the west coast. Since moving to SF, she has contracted for the Academy of Art University's Marketing team, LinkedIn's Recruiting Team, and is excited to be pursuing her passion for writing and PR in her current roles.
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