To some up this year's TC50 experience I wanted to write about the most exciting company there, AnyClip (full disclosure, Nate and I are good friends).
1) The product looks damn good
First and foremost, the product looked damn good for only four months of work. Within a few seconds of looking at it, even from the back of the room, you could tell what it did. Compare that to all the "realtime web" applications that just had long cluttered pages of "lifestreaming" data, this one really stands out.
2) The pitch was smooth, slow, and confident
Aaron's spoke about his company and the space they're in with AUTHORITY. Not something you see from the first timers. He spoke slowly, and described the product in simple terms everyone could understand, while keeping them entertained with an exciting demo (and some crass jokes).
More importantly he didn't cram in 2000 details about the features, and he got straight to the important issues that the judges wanted to discuss
3) They're taking a huge risk, and thats what startups are about
There was no sneaking around the licensing issue. Its the 1000lb gorilla in the room. Everyone knows it, and everyone wants to see them suceed.
4) Like I just said, EVERYONE wants this to happen
Who hasn't said to themselves "oh shit, what movie was that," in a conversation with their friends. Its something that everyone from my grandma to girlfriend or sister (people that don't fall into the uber nerd category) can understand.