By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Attended by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (accepting the award for “Best CEO of 2012″) and kicked off by presenter and sponsor Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, the 2012 Crunchies Awards in San Francisco last night did not disappoint.
Memorable Moments From The 2012 Crunchies Awards:
- Marissa Mayer opening the show as Yahoo! CEO - As Yahoo! was the headline sponsor for the 2012 Crunchies Awards, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer took the stage at the beginning of the show and welcomed the crowd. She established herself as an amateur comedian, reminding the audience that Yahoo! is hiring.
- Biting the hand that feeds you is now established crowdpleasing shtick online and off – TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington took the stage alongside AOL CEO Tim Armstrong for scripted verbal sparring, shtick best executed by NBC’s 30 Rock (which coincidentally aired the series finale of 30 Rock during the 2012 Crunchies Awards).
Noticeably missing was Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, who was not onstage to receive the Crunchies Award for “Best New Startup Of 2012″ alongside her co-founder Andrew Ng.
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Role Model
Many of the women who attended the Crunchies commented off the record on diversity issues, while publicly celebrating the women onstage as role models.
Maris McEdward, Microsoft Accelerator Program Manager (powered by TechStars), got to meet Marissa Mayer at the afterparty.
“Meeting a tech icon like Marissa Mayer was absolutely the highlight of the night – she is an inspiring role model for founders, female and male,” said Microsoft/TechStar’s Maris McEdward.
Dilys Sun, the Codecademy student who accepted the Crunchies Award for “Best Education Startup 2012″ on behalf of Codecademy, tweeted a picture of Marissa Mayer backstage at the 2012 Crunchies noting “the presence of Marissa, a powerful one, even back stage. Enjoy her smile and friendliness.”
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Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.