TC50: The five companies to watch

Fifty startups launched on-stage at the TechCrunch50 conference over the last few days. Despite a few duds, most presenters had cool ideas, solid products, or both. VentureBeat writer Kim-Mai Cutler and I watched all of the presentations, and now we’ve put together a list of our five favorite companies.

TC50: Clixtr launches an iPhone app for real-time photosharing

There are a billion ways to share photos online, and even to gather all the photos taken at special events in one place. But more and more people are taking photos on their smartphones, and now Clixtr has created an iPhone app that offers similar features for iPhone photos. The company launched today at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.

TC50: Sprowtt automates early IPOs for startups

Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists complain frequently that few companies can have initial public offerings (IPOs) anymore, because the legal difficulties and compliance costs are so high. A startup called Sprowtt says many more companies will now be able to sell shares to the public, and to do so much earlier in their life, because its websites automates the process. The company launched today at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.

TC50: Startups can trade favors at TheSwop.com

When you’re running a startup, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on services. That’s why startups often trade services between each other, or look for bartering opportunities. A company called TheSwop.com, which debuted its product at the TechCrunch50 event in San Francisco today, has created a site that formalizes that favor-trading process.

TC50: Localbacon wants to fix job sites by making job-seekers pay

Everyone complains about the horrible process for hiring online. There’s often a flood of irrelevant, useless applications, especially with the dire job market spurring some people to apply for any and all positions. There are a number of startups trying to solve this problem, and now a new one called Localbacon is throwing its hat into the ring.