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Valleywag's non-readers have grumbled lately that the site is shallow, flighty, and obsessed with "pretty people." Damn right.

That's why next week, we're holding the Will Pate Memorial Web 2.0 Hotties Showdown, a single-elimination tournament of the cutest guys and girls running the New Shiny Internet. Send your nominations to with the subject "Web 2.0 Hottie" — and include a photo that you own the rights to (or a Creative-Commons-licensed photo). All nominees must be core team members of a Web 2.0 startup.

By next Friday, we'll all know who cleans up good with Ajax and who looks hot in a pastel gradient.

Pictured: Will Pate, Flockstar [Elea Chang on Flickr]
Earlier hotties contests:
Snacky or Flacky
Gorgeous Google Gals
Valleywag Hotties (Beefcake edition)