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  • Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    Venture Investors Begin To Drill In To Oil Deals

    The oil and gas business is technologically challenging, data-heavy, and traditionally ignored by venture capitalists. But a few firms are looking to change that with a new concentration on software and services that would help improve economics and bring visibility to an industry that technology investors have long overlooked. During the “clean technology” investment boom… Read More

  • VCs Say “Ni Hao” To Chinese Startups

    VCs Say “Ni Hao” To Chinese Startups

    Venture capital investment in Chinese startup companies is surging again. After several years of a moribund market, investment in Chinese technology startups is en vogue again thanks in part to the soaring stock price of established players like Tencent, and the imminent listing of what could be the largest public offering in U.S. history when shares of Alibaba finally start trading. Last… Read More

  • Matt Kaufman Is Building the Crunchbase Mothership

    [Updated] Hey Boss, Let Me Know If CrunchBase Is Getting Sold?

    If there’s one thing to take away from the conversation CrunchBase co-founders Mike Arrington and current President Matt Kaufman had on stage, it’s that if venture investors want to make a bid for the company — they should feel free. Read More

  • Meet The New CrunchBase

    Meet The New CrunchBase

    Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we’re proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 — a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More

  • Hey, Big Spender! Venture Investment Soars In January

    Hey, Big Spender! Venture Investment Soars In January

    Holy shit did venture capitalists spend a lot of money in January. Investments in new companies shot to $5.8 billion by the end of the month up from $3.5 billion over the same period last year, according to data from CrunchBase. It’s only one month, not a full quarter, but it seems like venture investors are setting the stage for a very, very active year. Read More

  • Euro Secondhand Marketplace Vinted Raises $27M To Take On The Salvation Army

    Euro Secondhand Marketplace Vinted Raises $27M To Take On The Salvation Army

    The clothes may be cheap, but prices for tech companies launching mobile and web-based marketplaces to sell secondhand and consignment clothing keep going up.  The latest company trying to get people to pop their tags virtually is Vinted, which raised $27 million in its second institutional financing – one of the largest rounds ever for a Baltic-based startup. Fresh financing from… Read More

  • CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $41M, Exits at $242.9M

    CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $41M, Exits at $242.9M

    The CrunchBase dataset has now captured more venture exits than ever, so we decided to take a closer look at what successful startups can tell us about venture investing and the startup landscape. Read More

  • The Startup Accelerator Trend Is Finally Slowing Down

    The Startup Accelerator Trend Is Finally Slowing Down

    Starting a company has never been easy. Not having to worry about market research and resources can be the difference between getting off the ground and moving back in with your parents. This might explain the record number of startup accelerators and incubators in 2013. According to our projections, there will be at least 170 worldwide by the end of the year. But despite the… Read More

  • CrunchBase Analysis Of Investment Activity By Season

    CrunchBase Analysis Of Investment Activity By Season

    Many people in tech believe that VCs slow the pace of their investing during the summer, especially in August. We wanted to verify this using the CrunchBase dataset by comparing deals over the past few years. Read More

  • How CrunchBase Data Compares To Other Industry Sources

    How CrunchBase Data Compares To Other Industry Sources

    Now that the CrunchBase team has spent some quality time improving our data sets, we thought it’d be interesting to see how our free database of companies stacks up against other industry sources on a key measure of the startup ecosystem: quarterly venture funding totals. Here’s a quick breakdown. Read More

  • Dear VCs — Join The CrunchBase Venture Program And Get Better Startup Data

    Dear VCs — Join The CrunchBase Venture Program And Get Better Startup Data

    Back in April we announced the CrunchBase Venture Program for the free CrunchBase startup database. We announced the firms that helped shape the CrunchBase Venture Program including Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ, SV Angel, 500-startups, Betaworks, Softtech VC, CrunchFund, Foundry Group and TechStars. We would like more. And we want all venture firms in the world… Read More

  • Announcing The CrunchBase Venture Program

    Announcing The CrunchBase Venture Program

    We knew CrunchBase was big. We knew because there are 2 million people using the startup database each month. We knew because more than 120k people have contributed 1.6MM data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more. What we didn’t know, however, was what the investment community thinks about CrunchBase. Read More

  • Health, Yes! Startup Health Launches An AngelList For Healthtech Investors, Startups & Innovators

    Health, Yes! Startup Health Launches An AngelList For Healthtech Investors, Startups & Innovators

    If you don’t know about Startup Health and you’re a healthtech investor or entrepreneur (or at all interested in the space,) you need to rectify that. After all, as evidenced by the launch of another solid, differentiated health-focused startup accelerator last week, there is a lot of public, private and entrepreneurial attention shifting to the industry. Read More

  • Announcing The CrunchBase Developer Portal And API Access Keys

    Announcing The CrunchBase Developer Portal And API Access Keys

    Three weeks ago, we had announced that CrunchBase has partnered with Mashery to move the CrunchBase API to a managed solution. At the time, we simply cutover the API calls to their proxy servers. Over the past three weeks, we have been monitoring the API usage and were quite frankly blown away by the volume of calls to the API. The API numbers average nearly 100K calls per hour! Today, we… Read More

  • Wolfram Alpha Makes CrunchBase Data Computable Just In Time For Disrupt SF

    Wolfram Alpha Makes CrunchBase Data Computable Just In Time For Disrupt SF

    Wolfram Alpha just announced a useful new feature if you plan to follow Disrupt San Francisco closely. It has added CrunchBase data to its computational engine. You can now learn more about a specific startup, compare them or do any other computation with other Wolfram Alpha data. Adding CrunchBase to its data sources is part of Wolfram Alpha’s ongoing effort to make everything computable. Read More

  • Towards A More Robust And Powerful CrunchBase API

    Towards A More Robust And Powerful CrunchBase API

    As many of you know, TechCrunch’s startup database, CrunchBase,  makes a lot of its data freely available through an easy-to-use REST API, which launched about four years ago. The CrunchBase API has been open, free, and without rate limits, which probably explains its success. TechCrunch has made this data easily available so developers can create interesting apps, mashups, and analysis. Read More

  • CrunchBase Weekly And Crunch Daily Bring Top Headlines To Your Inbox

    CrunchBase Weekly And Crunch Daily Bring Top Headlines To Your Inbox

    Do you have a burning desire to know which startups raised the most capital this week? Who made the biggest acquisitions? Who got bought or sold? Are you interested in finding out where top industry executives land their next roles? We have created “CrunchBase Weekly”, a brand new way to quench your curiosity. Click here to get a weekly dose of the latest startup news and more… Read More

  • Instagram 3.0 Bets Big On Geolocation With Photo Maps, Letting You Showcase The Story Behind Your Photos

    Instagram 3.0 Bets Big On Geolocation With Photo Maps, Letting You Showcase The Story Behind Your Photos

    You won’t find any new filters in the latest version of Instagram. Instead, the fourteen person team behind the world’s most beloved mobile app (now 80 million registered users strong) has decided to think outside the box, the browser box. “With every dot oh release we’ve tried to shift our focus dramatically,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells me in one of… Read More

  • Say Hello To CrunchBase Weekly

    Say Hello To CrunchBase Weekly

    All of us at TechCrunch recognize that CrunchBase is a hidden gem. As a resource for finding data about startups, funding activity, acquisitions and exits, it is invaluable, as this recent study supports. To keep you up-to-date on the huge stream of data in Crunchbase, we are launching a weekly email digest of the latest startup news and activity called CrunchBase Weekly. Out first edition… Read More

  • Thanks, Science! New Study Says CrunchBase Is An Information Treasure Trove

    Thanks, Science! New Study Says CrunchBase Is An Information Treasure Trove

    “I believe CrunchBase will gain a lot of attention from the academia soon, which is always eager for high-quality data set,” writes Guang Xiang of Carnegie Mellon University, who found that he could predict Mergers and Acquisitions much better using the unique business variables available in CrunchBase than the traditional databases used by academics. Thanks, Xiang, flattery will… Read More