Time is Running Out...TechTrailblazer Awards Deadline! #TTawards
This is not another post on a last-minute store sale. Nor is this a post on a get-rich-quick scheme. What this is, is a post on one of the industry's newest award ventures, the Tech Trailblazer Awards -- @TechTrailblaze and #TTAwards for the Twitter-inclined.
I covered the launch of the awards last month in a post here. It isn't often you can say "thank you" for your service provider outage, but in this case for those of us who wait until the last minute, a huge thank you goes out to Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and the team at the TechTrailbazer Awards for extending the deadline from Wednesday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
"I'm not really a fan of award ceremonies; they have a poor image as being irrelevant to the wider IT community, especially when they focus on established players in the market. I like the Tech Trail Blazers approach as they are focusing on true startups, and in addition using judges that really know about the industry. This brings a huge amount of credibility to the results, as does the final prize; winners of the Tech Trail Blazers awards will receive mentoring in developing their business – something ultimately more valuable than a monetary prize alone."
That's just one of the many important distinctions about these awards. The quality of the judges, all listed here for reference. As Rose Ross, founder and chief evangelist for the awards mentioned to me recently:
"I knew the quality of the judging panel would be the measure of our success. The quality of people entering the awards so far have been influenced by the quality of judges. The job from day one was to get fantastic entries to review. We’ve had some amazing submissions so far and a good mix of known or unknown companies."
She also mentioned that she would love to get a few more to the party. As we all know, in spite of great intentions, as Rose added,
"nearly 95 percent of submissions tend to be done, day-of anyway, so we're still expecting quite a few more."
Interesting to note, there have been a good mix of international submissions as well, including entrants from Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and many in Europe, which adds to the global reach of the awards. With that said, there is still a heavy Silicon Valley focus to date with as much as 60-70 percent of early submissions coming from Silicon Valley-based companies, and nearly 80 percent from North American-based companies.
And, the awards continue to garner industry recognition, as The Green Grid joined existing Tech Trailblazers Awards industry supporters today including:
- MIT/Stanford Venture Lab
- Venture Capital Advisory
- Storage Networking Industry Association
- Cloud Security Alliance
- Among others
So, if you haven't already submitted. Do it!
Disclosure: Neither I, nor LPP, are involved in the awards in any way other than as excited industry watchers. I have encouraged current qualified clients and friends to consider entering. And as I mentioned in the earlier post on these awards, while I've known Rose for a while, and cherish a really cool bottle opener she gave me a while back, I received nothing in return for this blog post, nor asked for it. Good luck with the awards Rose!