It’s Crunchies time again! Get your nominations in

The movie industry has the Oscars. The music industry has the Grammys. And tech, of course, has the Crunchies.

Once again, GigaOM is cohosting the annual awards show, along with our friends at TechCrunch and VentureBeat, to celebrate the world of startups and technology. And we need your help.

We need you — the founders, VCs, technologists, and all our readers — to help us find the most innovative companies, the savviest investors, the technologies that will actually change our world. Nominations are now open for all 20 categories — including old standbys like Best Overall Startup and VC of the Year as well as new ones like Best Collaborative Consumption Service and Sexiest Enterprise Startup (it’s only an oxymoron if you don’t know the space).

Get your picks in soon. Nominations close at 11:59 pm PT on December 6, 2012. We’ll announce the finalists on January 3, 2013, and open up the final round of voting then. (You’ll find all the rules here.)

Mark it on your calendars:
Thursday, January 31, 2013
7:30pm – 11:30pm
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

This year’s categories (and last year’s winners):
Best Technology Achievement (2011: Siri)
Best Collaborative Consumption Service (New for 2012)
Best E-Commerce Application (New for 2012)
Best Mobile Application (2011: Evernote)
Fastest Rising Startup (New for 2012)
Best Content Discovery Application (New for 2012)
Best Design (2011: Path 2.0)
Best Bootstrapped Startup (2011: Imgur)
Sexiest Enterprise Startup (New for 2012)
Best International Startup (2011: Peixe Urbano)
Best Education Startup (New for 2012)
Best Hardware Startup (New for 2012)
Best Time Sink (2011: Words With Friends)
Biggest Social Impact (2011: Twitter)
Angel of the Year (2011: Reid Hoffman)
VC of the Year (2011: Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz)
Founder of the Year (2011: Jack Dorsey)
CEO of the Year (2011: Jeff Weiner)
Best New Startup of 2012 (2011: Pinterest)
Best Overall Startup of 2012 (2011: Dropbox)

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