The Crunchies Are Back for Round 3!

crunchieslogo.jpgThe Crunchies, after two successful years, are back to celebrate the entrepreneurs and startups that make technology such an exciting industry. As always, we will be co-hosting the awards — for which nominations are now being accepted — with VentureBeat and TechCrunch. (Check out the photos from last year.)
Details of the event can be found here. The awards ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and will be followed by an after-party across the street in City Hall’s Grand Rotunda. The nominations for the third annual awards ceremony honoring the best technology achievements of 2009 will remain open through midnight PST on Friday, Dec. 4th. The Crunchies Committee will select five finalists for each of the 18 award categories; final votes will be cast between Dec. 12th and midnight PST on Jan. 6th.

My Treadmill Is Twittering! The Next Frontier for Connected Devices: The Gym

Netpulse announced last night it had raised $3.1 million in Series A funding led by Javelin Venture Partners to bring interactive media to gyms. We were curious about the idea of connected fitness devices and followed up with Netpulse CEO Bryan Arp today to learn more.

NetpulseBasically, Netpulse offers software and accompanying services to turn a computer screen hooked up to an exercise machine into an interactive entertainment center. Gyms buy a $600-800 15-inch touchscreen terminal for each of their treadmills, bikes and ellipticals, or spend more for a new fitness machine with the screen already integrated. Then users can watch the club’s TV subscription, access on-demand music and video, read RSS feeds, plug in their iPods to their own content, and track their exercise sessions, all coordinated by touch through Netpulse’s interface.

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The Crunchies Nominations Are Out, Time to Vote

The nominations for the 2009 edition of the Crunchies are out — which means it’s time for you to cast your votes for your favorite startup(s). There are 15 categories. The list of nominees includes tiny bootstrap operations such as and giants such as Apple (s AAPL) and the 3GiPhone. The Crunchies are a joint effort by us, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch.

Voting rules: We will count one vote per person per category per day as valid. Voting will end on Monday, Jan. 5 at midnight PST and winners will be announced at the ceremony on Friday, Jan. 9.

Another 200 tickets for the the Crunchies Awards Ceremony and After Party are on sale now. We will release one more round of tickets after New Years and then the ceremony will be sold out. The 2009 Crunchies is being sponsored by Microsoft, MySpace and Founders Fund and several others.

The Crunchies … & Personal Update

Om At The Crunchies Photo By Duncan RileyThis past Friday, I made my first public appearance since my health problems, at the Crunchies.
I spent nearly two hours at the event (with doctor’s blessings) and it was well worth it. Sure I was tired by the end of it, but it was great to feel the good karma from all the people who were in attendance. Your blessings and prayers have worked their magic. While it is unlikely that I am going to be back working at full steam for near foreseeable future, it is time to start thinking about some lite-work, such as replying to emails, and perhaps an occasional blog post.
On another note, I am grateful that the Crunchies team decided to donate a portion of ticket sales to American Heart Association. If you would like to support the AHA, you can do so by contributing here. You can also support by contributing to the UCSF, the hospital whose doctors worked tirelessly to get me back on my feet.
More importantly, I hope you don’t make the mistakes I made — unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and vices such as smoking. With few lifestyle changes, heart related problems can be prevented. Do yourself a favor — go to the doctor and get yourself checked.
Photo by Duncan Riley via Flickr.

Vote For Your Favorites: The Crunchies

Thousands of submissions later, the finalists for The Crunchies have been announced. It is time for you to vote and decide the winners. The Crunchies is a joint effort of GigaOM, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat.

You can visit the Vote Crunchies site and decide which is the best start-up, the best founder and the best CEO amongst many different categories. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on January 18, 2008.