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