The Crunchies Awards are Open for Nominations

By StrangeWork.com: The Crunchies Awards are now open for nominations.
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This is the first year for the Crunchies, which is a collaboration project between GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. The Crunchies is a competition and awards ceremony to “recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.”

Nominations are open now until December 12th at midnight PST. Some of the categories include Best new start-up of 2007, Best bootstrapped start-up, Best use of viral marketing, Best use of viral marketing, and more!

With four of the biggest powerhouses in the industry coming together, the Crunchies are guaranteed to be a huge hit and something we will all strive to be a part of!

Make sure to get your nominations in today!

AdultFriendFinder.com sold for $1 Billion?

By StrangeWork.com: TechCrunch.com has posted a juicy rumor from one of their tipsters. According to their insider, AdultFriendFinder.com has been sold to Penthouse for somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion.

AdultFriendFinder.com LogoSo why does this news interest me so much? Glad you asked! Andrew Conru, CEO and Founder of AdultFriendFinder.com, is actually my cousin. I’m having dinner with him next month when I fly out to Oakland for the Raiders vs. Colts game. Should be fun to hear his side of the acquisition, if it’s done by then.

Let’s hope I have the same internet startup gene that my cousin has!

Mint.com: Manage Your Money Online

By StrangeWork.com: Looking for a web 2.0 way to organize your finances? Look no further than Mint.com. Mint takes the effort out of money managing with their unique online tools.
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The biggest draw to Mint.com is the simplicity of it. After creating a user account simply enter your banks online login information. Mint.com then connects to your bank account and imports all of your financial information. Scary right? A little, but Mint is quick to make you feel at ease about their security measures in place.

Mint.com also automatically categorizes your transaction history using their patent-pending technology. This is extremely valuable in tracking where you are needlessly spending money. Mint.com isn’t perfect and will on occassion miss-categorize a transaction. No problem, just click the category icon and select the appropriate category for that transaction.

Mint.com recently won the TechCrunch40 Top Company Award with a nice $50,000 prize!

Mint.com is a great FREE alternative to Microsoft Money and Quicken. With the ability to access your finances anywhere, look for Mint.com to quickly gain popularity among seasoned internet veterans and newbies alike!

TechCrunch40 Conference Starts Today

By StrangeWork.com: The TechCrunch40 conference kicks off today in San Francisco.

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TechCrunch40 is a conference put together by internet drama king Jason Calacanis. They have selected 40 of the hottest startups to demo their products to a panel of experts over a 2 day period.

TechCrunch40 also has a DemoPit allowing an additional 100 startups to show of their goods to potential investors. One choosen startup will receive a cool $50,000 as well as additional goodies from their corporate sponsors.

Once again Calacanis has gone against the norm by making this conference completely free for all startups involved. I can only hope that next year I can make it to this event. Imagine, someone not trying to profit from startups. Amazing!