Eight top picks from TechCrunch50

TechCrunch50 came and went quickly after a flurry of demos and presentations from hopeful start-ups. This year's winner, RedBeacon, which helps people match a service to a reputable local business, took home the prize but there were eight other companies that struck my fancy during their presentations.

TechCrunch50 came and went quickly after a flurry of demos and presentations from hopeful start-ups. This year's winner, RedBeacon, which helps people match a service to a reputable local business, took home the prize but there were eight other companies that struck my fancy during their presentations. Here's a quick snapshot:

BreakThrough A service that connects mental health providers with clients for therapy via video, phone, and web. Clients can search for providers on a variety of criteria, be anonymous, take diagnostic tests, seek peer support in free communities, and engage in sessions via video, phone, email, and chat.

CitySourced A smartphone tool that allows citizens to identify civil issues (potholes, graffiti, trash, snow removal, etc.) and report them to city hall. The company has already signed its first deal with the City of San Jose, California.

Clicker Pulls all broadcast programming that is stored on disparate sites and allows watching to be managed from one site, and also allows for content sharing.

CrowdFlower CrowdFlower provides what it calls Labor as a Service (LaaS) via multiple services for companies who want an easier time of managing its search for on-demand workers.

Glide Health A mobile desktop solution that gives doctors and healthcare professionals access to manage patient healthcare information from their mobile phones and to access patient data virtually. Good idea for a much needed solution, but still some concerns about patient privacy and security of data.

Perpetually Some have been calling this the "wayback machine." Perpetually provides the tools for businesses, organizations and individuals to save and monitor information that's important to them, and minimizes the risk of losing that content when it fades from the Web.

SeatGeek Forecasts sports and concert ticket prices, similar to that of Bing's travel forecasting service. Helps buyers determine when they can get the best prices on tickets and helps sellers figure out the best time to sell.

threadsy A free Web app that takes all communications from multiple social networks and puts them into one communications stream.

What were your favorites?