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Melb-based internet start-up nominated in the 16th Annual Webby Awards

A Melbourne-based start-up has been nominated at this year’s 16th Annual Webby Awards – dubbed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by New York Times – for Best Guide/Ratings/Review website.

Jason and Adam Spencer, are the creative brothers behind StreetAdvisor – an online real estate community powered by crowd-sourced reviews, photos and videos. The dynamic duo will be up against four other nominees, to be live streamed via, on May 1, 2012.

The entrepreneurial brothers have successfully launched the website in 26 countries, and are the market leaders in the online community for real-life street, neighbourhood and city reviews.

The proud nominees were “honoured to be placed alongside companies such as Yelp and Metacritic,” said Adam, in a recent press conference.

“It’s been a long five years collecting ratings and reviews and The Webby nomination is a fantastic validation for our team and the unique local content that we provide.”

Close to 10,000 entries were received but only one will take home the Webby.

But the brothers have a big chance in taking the inaugural award as Michel Davies, the executive director of the awards ceremony has highly praised StreetAdvisor as a company who has broken boundaries in “innovation and creativity on the Internet”.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year,” Davies said.

All nominees are also eligible to win The Webby Awards’ “People’s Voice Award”, voted via online by fans worldwide.

The winner will be honoured at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 21, 2012, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), who honour excellence on the Internet.

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