Crunchies bestowed to tech innovators as critics protest
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
There were sequins, celebrities and, yes, even sex jokes at the seventh annual Crunchies Awards on Monday evening, but it was also a moment for an industry facing growing criticism to take a serious look at itself.
Benito Santiago, 63, beat a drum while protesters handed out fake awards (outspoken venture capitalist Tom Perkins won the "diarrhea of the mouth" award, for instance).
Conway and Preston-Werner's battle cry - which kicked off the show after a zippy musical number by actress Spencer Rose - seemed indicative of an increasing awareness of criticism that the industry is too self-involved.
'Oscars for nerds'Nadia Ghassemi, a Google employee in a black-and-white H&M frock, was hoping to catch a glimpse of tech celebs Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo before the evening's end.
"A lot of tech companies have revenue, but their profit margin is razor thin," he said, before listing his company's charitable policies.
Outside, the protesters had started chanti
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