Yesterday, January 31st, Grindr was named winner of Best Location App for TechCrunch’s Fifth Annual Crunchies Awards. The Crunchies Awards, co-hosted by GigaOm and VentureBeat, recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of 2011. Because this particular award depends on your votes, we thank you and all Grindr users for helping us win.
If that wasn’t enough, Grindr was crowned winner of 2012 iDate Awards for Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology. The iDate Awards highlight the best and most innovative aspects of the online dating and matchmaking industry. Grindr previously received an iDate Award in 2011 for Best Mobile Dating App.
Joel Simkhai, Grindr’s founder and CEO mentioned, “We want to thank our Grindr community, our three million users from all around the world and our dedicated team, who believe in our product and helped spread the word and voted for the Crunchies and iDate Awards. These awards are not just a huge win for Grindr but represent a huge step forward for the LGBT community considering even five years ago this would not have been possible to be recognized by our peers as a gay company pioneering location-based social networks and mobile dating.”
Upon accepting the Crunchies Award, in conjunction with Scott Lewallen, co-Founder and S.V.P. of Product & Design, Simkhai addressed the crowd, “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as an innovator and winner of one of the most prominent technology industry awards. Especially among such major technology and social media heavyweights. It’s gratifying as a bootstrapped start-up to be recognized as the pioneer of location-based social networks, and we look forward to further innovating and delivering the best experience for all of our Grindr users around the world.”