The First Annual TechCrunch Awards
TechCrunch, Web 2.0’s mother ship, continues to go from strength to strength, and for good reason. Michael Arrington is doing a fantastic job in a position earned through knowledge, respect and hard work — not through the blessing of a media mogul (how very web 2.0ish).
As the industry’s primary information gateway, it’s about time we saw some awards (“The Crunchies”), so in the hope to spur things along here’s my suggestion for categories:
- Best New Product
- Most Promising Startup
- Most Promising New Product
- Best Innovation
- People’s Choice for New Product – based on votes
- Best Web 2.0 Podcast
- Best Web 2.0 Blog
- The Nik Cubrilovic Award for Contribution to the Industry (cannot be awarded to Nik)
We could get a little more specific as well, however I’m not sure specific product categories (like Best Calendar) would work, so maybe some more abstract ones based on user value:
- Best Productivity Application
- Best Collaboration Tool
- Best Information Management Tool
- Best Communication Tool
- Best Information Retrieval Tool
- Best Group Communications Product That Starts With the Letter T
Now it can’t all be down to Mike’s choice, so we need a panel of industry experts who vote on the nominations made by everyone. My post will get too long if I start listing who those people might be, so feel free to comment.
And finally, no awards are complete without an extravaganza dinner, complete with red carpet arrivals and supermodel presenters; maybe Amanda Congdon could host it.
Of course, somebody has to then start the alternative piss-take awards (“The Crunched”). This could be held on the same night across town. Awards should include:
- Best Commenter Without A Blog
- Most Hyped Non-Product
- The Microsoft Award for Best Web 3.0 Product (they’ve already moved on from 2.0)
- Most Money Raised Without a Product
- Best Funding Deal (no details will be disclosed, and you will have never heard of the winner)
- Best Web 1.0 Pr… Never mind, that’s so ’05.
- Best Definition of Web 2.0
So come on Mike, embrace your destiny.