I just posted this comment to a blog questioning how we select a winner for TechCrunch50

I just posted this comment to a blog questioning how we select a winner
( http://broadstuff.com/index.php?url=archives/1870-RedBeacon-wins-TechCrunch-50-WTF.html
)

 My comment:

 AlanP: Regarding your claim of voting rigging that’s kind of
impossible. Mike and I each put up $25,000 for the $50,000 prize.

 We each get one vote as to who we think should win. If we don’t agree
we would split the prize, but for the last three years we believed
that the presenting company with the best chance of having a LARGE,
breakout success would be: Mint, Yammer and RedBeacon.

 We are not perfect in our selection process–no one could be. However,
we are looking fairly smart thanks to the huge win of Mint and the
breakout success of Yammer over the past 12 months (they are making a
LOT of money).

 RedBeacon was not as sexy as, say, CitySourced or Anyclip, but they
are the business we think will become worth $100M to $1B over the
coming years.

 That’s really what we’re trying to do in selecting a winner: picking
the company most likely to be the most successful–not the sexiest or
most innovative of the moment.

 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

 all the best,

 Jason

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