Stanford alumni fill Crunchies finals as founders, CEOs January 31, 2013 17 Comments Share tweet Aaron Sekhri By: Aaron Sekhri The 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, a technology industry awards ceremony co-hosted this year by TechCrunch, GigaOm and VentureBeat, took place place on Jan. 31 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Twenty Crunchies categories were be awarded, with numerous companies founded or led by Stanford alumni nominated as finalists for major categories. A number of Stanford alumni and Stanford-affiliated startups won awards on the evening, with Coursera’s win for best new startup and Peter Thiel’s award for best VC leading the pack. Larry Page M.S. ’98, Sergey Brin M.S. ’95, Google co-founders Finalist, Best Technology Achievement for Google Glass – runner-up Finalist, Best Mobile Application for Google Maps – runner-up Larry Page M.S. ’98, Google CEO Finalist, CEO of the Year – runner-up Marissa Mayer ’97 M.S. ’99, Yahoo CEO Finalist, CEO of the Year Kevin Systrom ’06, Instagram co-founder and CEO Finalist, Founder of the Year – winner! Finalist, Best Overall Startup of 2012 for Instagram Finalist, Best Mobile Application for Instagram Elon Musk Ph.D. ’95 (did not complete), Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO, SpaceX founder and CEO Finalist, Founder of the Year – runner up Finalist, Best Technology Achievement for SpaceX docking with the International Space Station Finalist, Best Technology Achievement for the Tesla Supercharger network Peter Thiel ’89 J.D. ’92, Graduate School of Business lecturer, venture capitalist Finalist, Venture Capitalist of the Year – winner! Joe Lonsdale ’03, Alexander Karp J.D. ’92, Stephen Cohen ’05, Peter Thiel ’89 J.D. ’92, Palantir Technologies co-founders Finalist, Best Overall Startup 2012 – runner up Evan Spiegel ’12, Snapchat co-founder and CEO Finalist, Fastest Rising Startup for Snapchat – winner! Aria Haghighi ’05, Prismatic co-founder and CTO Finalist, Best Content Discovery Application for Prismatic Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, computer science professors, Coursera co-founders Finalists, Best Education Startup for Coursera – runner-up Finalist, Best New Startup of 2012 – winner! Sebastian Thrun, computer science research professor, Udacity co-founder and CEO David Stavens M.S. ’08 Ph.D. ’11, Udacity co-founder and president Finalists, Best Education Startup for Udacity Matthew Flannery ’00 M.A. ’01, Kiva co-founder and CEO Finalist, Biggest Social Impact for Kiva Alexander Karp Andrew Ng Aria Haghighi Coursera Crunchies Daphne Koller elon musk Evan Spiegel GigaOm Google Instagram Joe Lonsdale Kevin Systrom Kiva Larry Page Marissa Mayer Matthew Flannery Palantir Peter Thiel Prismatic Sebastian Thrun Sergey Brin Snapchat SpaceX Stephen Cohen TechCrunch tesla motors Udacity VentureBeat Yahoo 2013-01-31 Aaron Sekhri January 31, 2013 17 Comments Share tweet Subscribe Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter of top headlines.