Check Out Pictures From Silicon Valley's Biggest Annual Party


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Even Silicon Valley has its own version of the red carpet.It’s called the Crunchies — an award show hosted every year by tech news blogs VentureBeat, TechCrunch and GigaOm. It’s an award show like the Academy Awards, but for startups.

This year’s top startup was Dropbox, while the best new startup of 2011 was Pinterest.

Each year the show attracts a huge number of Silicon Valley’s biggest stars. This year the Crunchies hosted the likes of Square’s Jack Dorsey and Dropbox’s Drew Houston. 

But don’t take our word for it: check out the show yourself.

The show is about to get started.

You can already find a bunch of Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs. Here's former Mashable writer Ben Parr, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Shirley Hornstein, Spencer Chen at Clipsync and a few others...

...but there are bigger names coming.

That includes Evernote CEO Phil Libin. Here he is with former Mashable writer Ben Parr.

The show has attracted quite a crowd.

There's the iconic Crunchies statue. All the winners get a smaller version of that statue.

There's a live show with singers and dancers beforehand.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made his way out to the Crunchies this year.

There's angel investor Ron Conway.

And now they're both trying to spread the word about Mayor Ed Lee's re-election campaign.

Dylan Tweney of VentureBeat and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' Aileen Lee presented some awards.

Evernote CEO Phil Libin accepted the award for best mobile application.

Path's Dave Morin accepted the award for best design — that's Google's Marissa Mayer in the back.

Here are the Dropbox guys. That's Drew Houston on the left. They won the award for best overall startup of 2011.

Jolie O'Dell of VentureBeat presented an award with LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner.

That award went to Jack Dorsey's Square — the founder of the year.

Heather Harde, former TechCrunch CEO, got a huge going away presentation. She left just a little while ago.

Alexia Tsotsis presented an award with Greylock Partners' Reid Hoffman.

Here are the editors-in-chief of each blog. That's Erick Schonfeld on the left, Om Malik in the middle and Matt Marshall on the right.

Time to check out the actual party.

Some of the smaller startups were there, too — like Hipster, a site similar to Crunchies winner Pinterest.

There's Ron Conway again. He's probably trying to close another deal.

Menlo Ventures' Shervin Pishevar was there too...

...supporting a very stylish haircut.

Here's Pando Daily's Paul Carr and founder Sarah Lacy. They're both former TechCrunch stars.

From left to right: Meghan Kelly, a writer at VentureBeat; Owen Thomas, founding editor of the Daily Dot; Jason Kincaid, a TechCrunch writer; and Paul Carr, a contributor to TechCrunch 2.0 site Pando Daily.

There were a bunch of investors there, too. The CrunchFund's MG Siegler is second on the left in this picture next to TechCrunch editor-in-chief and former co-worker Erick Schonfeld. Shervin Pishevar is second from the right.

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