June 10, 2009

The 2009 Webby Awards, The Oscars of the Web

On Monday evening, I attended the 13th annual Webby Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webbys were established in 1996, when the Web was a relatively new phenomenon. It's mind boggling to think how much technology has grown in just a few short years and to think how rapidly it continues to evolve. It was very interesting to see who was presented with awards and why they were deemed outstanding. I had the honor of presenting Biz Stone with the Webby Breakout of the Year Award - a much- deserved distinction, as he is co-founder of Twitter. The honorees were limited to an acceptance speech of just five words and I could really relate to what Biz Stone had to say - "Creativity is a renewable resource."

This is how I introduced him:

Thank you, Seth. In the spirit of this year’s Webby Award winner for “Breakout of the Year,” I’m going to limit my remarks to 140 characters or less: OMG, Twitter=Walmart of the WEB., + CNN vs. Ashton K. + yogurt for b’fast again = 900% growth in past year. The Twitter revolution is now.

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Here I am with Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. I presented him with the Webby Breakout of the Year Award for his visionary creation of the micro-messaging service.


Photos By Martha Stewart and Eliad Laskin