Jellyvision's Lannert, CEO of the Year, leads the way at Moxie Awards
Amanda Lannert of Jellyvision took home CEO of the Year honors at the Third Annual Moxie Awards at the Park West on Thursday night.
Online food-ordering platform GrubHub, on the heels of its $192 million IPO earlier this year, was named Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year.
The moment was particularly special for Lannert, as the award presenter was Jellyvision founder Harry Gottlieb. He recalled the day he offered Lannert the CEO job by handing her a box of business cards with the new title on it. She had been president.
“This was so much more special because I was able to share it with our founder, who has helped me so much,” Lannert said Thursday.
Also nominated for CEO of the Year were Logan LaHive of Belly, Shawn Riegsecker of Centro, Justyn Howard of
Sprout Social and Rishi Shah of ContextMedia.
“All of the finalists are incredible CEOs and leaders in Chicago's tech community,” said Built In CEO Maria Katris. “The fact that Amanda won the award is a testament to her strengths as a leader and executor. I have no doubt Jellyvision will continue to exceed expectations in 2014 under her leadership.”
Previous winners of the CEO of the Year Award were Mike Sands of BrightTag (now Signal) last year and
Matt Maloney of GrubHub in 2012.
Thursday night’s event was sold out, with more than 850 attendees, Katris said. More than 80,000 individual nominations were submitted for awards this year, and more than 360,000 votes were cast, she said. A panel of judges also voted on the nominees. Voting weight was split 50-50 between the general public and the judges, Katris said.
Built In Chicago Founder
Matt Moog said events like the Moxie Awards are important for the community.
“Any community or ecosystem needs to recognize the people in it,” Moog said. “It’s a really important part of the feedback loop. To be recognized by your peers means something to people.”
1871 CEO Howard Tullman agreed.
“This community is pretty (expletive deleted) tight,” said Tullman, known for his salty language. “It’s growing. It’s exciting. And we are celebrating a lot of great stories tonight.”
Dylan Richard, chief technology officer of Modest Inc., said the size of the event “is a good reflection on where this community has come. This kind of thing didn’t exist five years ago.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke onstage briefly, saying the size of the event reflects the growing importance of Chicago's tech sector.
The full list of winners:
- CEO of the Year: Amanda Lannert, Jellyvision
- Best Consumer Web: SpotHero
- Best B2B: TempoDB
- Best New Startup: Civis Analytics
- Best Service Provider: VineSprout Public Relations
- Digital Agency of the Year: Rise Interactive
- Mentor of the Year: Chuck Templeton, Impact Engine
- Investor of the Year: Stuart Larkins, Chicago Ventures
- Tech Woman of the Year: Kristi Ross, CEO & President, dough
- CTO of the Year: Aaron Rankin, Sprout Social
- Best Software Company: Signal
- Startup of the Year: Sprout Social
- Best Company Culture: Centro
- Best Enterprise Web Company: kCura
- Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year: GrubHub