One of the big winners this year at the 2012 Crunchies was GitHub. They managed to walk away with the prize for Best Overall Startup. The tool for developers had previously won the Crunchies Bootstrap Bootstrap Award in 2009. GitHub started out as a part of the developer movement. Timing is everything, and perhaps part of its success is that it fit perfectly with the app boom and also with cloud computing. In many ways, GitHub is the embodiment of this new data era.
More than half of the code that is hosted on GitHub is open source and free. GitHub makes money by charging companies for private code repositories.
GitHub has become a foundation for the sort of rapid change that is taking place in the tech world. Back in July, they they raised $100 million in a deal with Andreessen Horowitz, which was the first outside funding they had ever received. At that time, they were valued at more than $750 million. Co-Founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner stated that every startup at the Crunchies used GitHub in some way. He is likely correct, as it is clear that GitHub is well loved, and a deserving recipient of the Crunchie award.
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