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Little recognition for east coast tech in third annual 'Crunchie' awards

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 11, 2010 10:28 AM

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Are the winners of this year's Crunchie Awards, doled out last Friday night by the blog TechCrunch, a sign that all Internet innovation happens in the San Francisco Bay area, or that TechCrunch's coverage tends to focus on that neighborhood? (Or both?)

Mark Pincus of the games start-up Zynga won CEO of the year; Facebook won for best start-up/product of 2009, with Twitter the runner-up. Google's Chrome operating system was dubbed the best technical achievement of the year, with Google Wave the runner-up.

There were a few Boston connections to be found in the list of nominees and winners -- but most of them will just depress you. Y Combinator was a runner-up in the "Best Angel" category (its twice-yearly start-up bootcamp is now held exclusively in Mountain View, and no longer in Cambridge.) Dropbox, a document storage and syncing service, won for "best Internet application." It was founded by MIT alums who went through the Y Combinator program in Cambridge back in 2007, but the company is now based in San Francisco.

And in the "Best VC Firm" category, Greylock won (Greylock is formerly a Waltham-based firm, now headquartered in Menlo Park, with a few investing partners who still work out of the Bay State). Charles River Ventures, a Waltham firm that also operates out of Menlo Park, was a nominee in that category.

What do you make of the winners and nominees?

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