Dominic Sutter, of the swissnex San Francisco Startup and Innovation Team, reveals his picks for the big winners of tech’s big night: the Crunchies Awards.

It’s that time of year again and votes are being cast for the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, the Oscars of the technology and startup world hosted by TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

Below in bold are my personal picks for who will come out victorious. Think you can predict the winners? Cast your vote by January 27, 2015.

BEST TECHNOLOGY ACHIEVEMENT
  1. Apple Pay
  2. The Block Chain
  3. Rosetta Mission’s Comet Landing
  4. SpaceX Lateral Booster
  5. Stella Solar Powered Car

Go team Europe! Seriously, landing a robot on a moving comet after a 10-year space voyage? Plus, the project had surprisingly fancy promo videos.

BEST ON-DEMAND SERVICE
  1. Hotel Tonight
  2. Lyft
  3. Postmates
  4. Shyp
  5. Uber

Ship anything, anywhere with the click of a button. Simply awesome! Check it out if you don’t know it.

BEST E-COMMERCE APPLICATION
  1. Casper
  2. Flipkart
  3. Honest Company
  4. Instacart
  5. Warby Parker

Rest easy. Nice design and, let’s be honest, everyone needs a good mattress.

BEST MOBILE APPLICATION
  1. Acorns
  2. Storehouse
  3. Strava
  4. Venmo
  5. Yik Yak

A digital piggy bank that will also make you money—jackpot!

FASTEST RISING START-UP
  1. Lending Club
  2. Product Hunt
  3. Reddit
  4. Slack
  5. Yik Yak

The first wave of disruption in the banking industry—and there’s a lot more coming.

BEST HEALTH STARTUP
  1. Fitbit
  2. Misfit Wearables
  3. Rise
  4. Theranos
  5. Zenefits

Easy to use and changing lives one step at a time.

BEST DESIGN
  1. 1Password
  2. Airbnb
  3. Manual Camera
  4. Medium
  5. Monument Valley

Simple and clean design. Just the way I like it.

BEST BOOTSTRAPPED STARTUP
  1. Daring Fireball
  2. Grammarly
  3. Mail Chimp
  4. Meadow
  5. Techmeme

The monkey logo won me over. Apart from that, it really is a great service for managing your newsletters, and they’re growing fast. And way to go for marketing on the Serial podcast!

BEST ENTERPRISE STARTUP
  1. Cloudflare
  2. Docker
  3. Github
  4. OpenDNS
  5. Slack

Helping you share and manage code and, more importantly, one of the coolest HQs I’ve seen in SF. They have a replica of the oval office. Need I say more?

BEST INTERNATIONAL STARTUP
  1. Citymapper
  2. EyeEm
  3. Kik
  4. Line
  5. Spotify

Finally a music provider that get’s it. I don’t listen to Taylor Swift anyway.

BEST EDUCATION STARTUP
  1. AltSchool
  2. Classdojo
  3. Coursera
  4. Kano
  5. Khan Academy

Courses from the world’s top universities—for free.

BEST HARDWARE STARTUP
  1. DJI
  2. Fitbit
  3. GoPro
  4. Oculus VR
  5. Xiaomi

Changing how we share our experiences.

CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP

Buzzfeed
Giphy
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
Threes
Twitch

I was once addicted.

BIGGEST SOCIAL IMPACT
  1. Fire Chat
  2. Girls Who Code
  3. Internet.org
  4. Tim Cook’s Brick
  5. Twitter

Internet equality is something worth fighting for.

ANGEL OF THE YEAR
  1. Cyan and Scott Banister
  2. Ashton Kutcher
  3. Alexis Ohanian
  4. David Tisch
  5. Kickstarter Backers of Oculus VR

Crowdfunding can work!

VC OF THE YEAR
  1. Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
  2. Peter Fenton, Benchmark
  3. Jim Goetz, Sequoia Capital
  4. Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures
  5. Peter Thiel, Founders Fund

One of the first VCs to open an office in San Francisco. Sand Hill Road is too far away, right?

FOUNDER OF THE YEAR
  1. Stewart Butterfield, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson and Serguei Mourachov, Slack
  2. John and Patrick Collison, Stripe
  3. Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos
  4. Brian Acton and Jan Koum, WhatsApp
  5. Mikkel Svane, Alexander Aghassipour and Morten Primdahl, Zendesk

$19 billion…that’s a lot of $$$!

CEO OF THE YEAR
  1. Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com
  2. Tim Cook, Apple
  3. Drew Houston, Dropbox
  4. Travis Kalanick, Uber
  5. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo

It’s good to see a woman on the list.

BEST NEW STARTUP OF 2014
  1. Bellhops
  2. OnePlus
  3. Product Hunt
  4. Shyp
  5. Slack

Still awesome.

BEST OVERALL STARTUP OF 2014
  1. GoPro
  2. Snapchat
  3. Stripe
  4. Tinder
  5. Uber

They had a rough road in the press but they are still shaking things up around the world and raking in piles of money from VCs—$3 billion in 2014 alone.

Image credit: Techcrunch

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