The Crunchies was an industry award given out from 2007 to 2017 by several technology blogs to the Silicon Valley companies and venture capitalists they cover.[1][2][3]

The awards have been sponsored and co-hosted by blogs such as GigaOm, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and ReadWriteWeb (which no longer participates), and tabulated from votes on their sites.[1] Awards have been given out at ceremonies at various theaters in San Francisco, California.[4]

The award, a plastic sculpture of a primate standing on top of a computer with a bone in his hand, is a reference to the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or possibly to a scene spoofing that movie in Zoolander.[1][5]

November 9, 2017 Techcrunch announced that the award show would be ending as part of the streamlining of operations by parent owner Verizon Communications.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Internet's young turks rally for big blogs Crunchies awards". AFP. January 18, 2008. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Matt Rosoff (February 1, 2012). "No Love For Google At The Crunchies This Year". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Damon Darlin (January 11, 2010). "A Song of Silicon Valley". New York Times.
  4. ^ Jessica Guynn (January 11, 2010). "Silicon Valley turns out for Crunchies". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Scott Austin (January 19, 2009). "Here's A Shiny Award To Perk You Up". Wall Street Journal.
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