Dec 23, 2013 · 0 minutes

A lot of blogs and news organizations do year-end Reader's Polls. It's like checking a box in the "audience engagement" category. Here at Pando, however, we truly recognize the value of our readers' insight. Many of you work in the industry or follow it closely. And for us to think our opinions, thrown down from high, are worth more than yours would be pretty arrogant.

So we turn to you, readers, to tell us which startups, entrepreneurs, and apps defined 2013 (for better or worse). You can vote for one, some, or all the categories. And if you have something more to say, please fill out the "Why?" section of each question. We'll feature some of the smartest answers on our site when we publish the results next week.

[Illustration by Hallie Bateman]