Well, this confirms it: You’re not going to want to head to Vegas with me (unless you’re ready to lose a lot of money). My unlucky streak picking the winning companies at The Washington Technology Industry Association’s annual Industry Achievement Awards continued tonight, as I accurately picked just two of the six winners.

Now, here’s the funny part. One of my correct picks actually was chosen by my dog. (GeekWire’s mascot, Henry, in fact, was one for one on the night).

I’ve been experiencing a rough patch in recent years with my picks. In 2010 and last year, I also only got two right. But at least I did a little better than 2008 when I scored a big goose egg.

Here are the winners from the 17th annual awards, which were held at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle.

Concur CEO Steve Singh

Technology Accelerator of the Year: Founders Co-op

Best Seed Stage Company of the Year: Zipline Games (John’s correct pick)

Best Early Stage Company of the Year: BigDoor

Commercial Product or Service of the Year (tie): SEOmoz and Skytap (John and Henry’s correct pick of Skytap)

Consumer Product or Service of the Year: DocuSign: DocuSign Ink

CEO of the Year: Concur CEO Steve Singh

Oh well, I guess there’s always next year. Or, maybe I need to stick to writing about startups, and forget this prognostication business altogether.

[Editor's note: GeekWire served as a media partner for the WTIA's IAA]

Comments

  • Guest

    Is it still the case that companies self-nominate and pay for it? That makes the whole thing suspect. Of the 6 winners, I’d vote for only 1.

    For example why wouldn’t GeekWire win for Best Seed Stage Company? You’ve had a outstanding year.

  • http://twitter.com/lunarmobiscuit Michael ‘Luni’ Libes

    No, that is not true.  Companies get nominated in a variety of ways.  The top three finalists and the ultimate winner in each topic get picked by a panel of people invited by the WTIA as judges.  With a different panel for each topic.  I can attest to a healthy debate in the category which I helped judge this year, and I heard similar stories from friends who judged other topics.

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