Silicon Valley had its own version of the Oscars last night — here’s what it was like

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Last night we attended the 8th annual Crunchies, an awards show in San Francisco sponsored by tech blogs TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

It’s kind of like the Oscars for tech companies — everybody gets dressed up and tries to get close to local tech celebrities, while startups compete for awards like “Fastest-Rising Startup” and “VC Of The Year.”

Like most awards shows, the Crunchies is about seeing and being seen as much as the awards themselves.

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