After several weeks of gathering nominations and votes from our readers, we’re pleased to announce the final nominees for the 2009 Silicon Alley Awards.*
Congratulations to all. Please vote for the winners here >
We’ll announce the awards next week at Startup 2009.
FINAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2009 SILICON ALLEY AWARDS
BEST BUZZ: The company everyone’s buzzing about (favourably).
- Daily Beast
BEST TO WORK FOR: Pay, benefits, colleagues, perks, work environment, culture, convenience, views, offices, you name it.
- Epic Advertising
- Buddy Media
MOST LOVED PRODUCT OR SERVICE: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos always used to emphasise the importance of “delighting” customers. Vote for the companies whose products or services you love.
- Daily Candy
- Gilt Groupe
MOST LIKELY TO CHANGE THE WORLD: A.k.a., most revolutionary, most disruptive. Vote for the companies whose success is likely to have the biggest impact on incumbent competitors and/or on the lives of its users or customers.
- Gawker Media
- Huffington Post
MOST LIKELY TO BE WORTH $1+ BILLION: Private companies that haven’t yet been valued at $1+ billion. Who will eventually be worth that much?
- Gilt Groupe
THE MAN: The individual who has done the most to promote digital entrepreneurialism in New York City in the past year.
- Charlie O’Donnell
- Alan Patricof
- John Borthwick
- Allen Stern
- Fred Wilson
UPDATE: We had hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, and many worthy companies and individuals did not make the final nominee list. We were clear from the outset that reader votes would not determine the final selections (online voting is too easy to game), but some readers are frustrated by our choices. They also frustrated that we did not include the following disclosure in the original post. Here it is:
FULL DISCLOSURE: Kevin Ryan and Dwight Merriman, co-founders of Gilt, are also co-founders of SAI. SAI used to share offices with Gilt. Ken Lerer, a co-founder of Huffington Post, is an investor in SAI. Ken Lerer is the dad of Ben Lerer, the founder of Thrillist. Henry Blodget is a contributor to HuffPo. Kevin Ryan is an investor in TheLadders.
* How did we select the nominees? We asked our readers to submit nominations and votes over the past two weeks, and then we selected 4-6 nominees for each category. We considered the nominations and votes in selecting the final nominees, but we also used our own judgment. Feel free to yell at us in the comments below.