CrunchBase

  • 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

  • CrunchBase: Social, Mobile And Deals Categories Led 2011 Private Tech Investments

    CrunchBase: Social, Mobile And Deals Categories Led 2011 Private Tech Investments

    In case it wasn’t already clear to you that later-stage social, mobile and deal-oriented companies led venture fundraising last year, here’s some analysis of CrunchBase data that drives the point home, courtesy of Alexey Tolkachiov at BuzzSparks.org. Read More

  • CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    Most investments fail but the few successful ones more than make all the money back — or so startup investors hope. But what sort of returns do these profitable exits bring in? According to a new analysis of all the exits listed in CrunchBase, the average successful company has raised $25.3 million, and sold for $196.8 million, for investor profits of 676% (if you assume the investors… Read More

  • CrunchBase Reveals: Figuring Out Pricing Formulas For Talent Acquisitions With Opani

    CrunchBase Reveals: Figuring Out Pricing Formulas For Talent Acquisitions With Opani

    Following my post last night about our effort to use CrunchBase in more ways on TechCrunch, some readers have shared how they’re already using it. One was Dirk Neumann from “social supercomputer” startup Opani, which provides tools to help people more easily analyze large data sets. He’s used CrunchBase data to try to come up with a formula for pricing talent in… Read More

  • Are We In A Series A “Crunch”? What CrunchBase Says …

    Are We In A Series A “Crunch”? What CrunchBase Says …

    Remember that time the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about an influx of “start-up” companies raising seed/angel rounds and then all those companies subsequently trying to raise Series A rounds and failing hard? And then all these VCs and angels got in a fight about it, on Twitter, and on their own blogs? Well, we pulled some rough funding data from Crunchbase (which come… Read More

  • The i3 Platform: A (Paid) Crunchbase For Green Startups?

    A research firm focused on clean energy and green innovation, the Cleantech Group, launched its i3 Platform today— and it’s something like a paid Crunchbase, with a dash of Alltop and Gartner, for green tech ventures. The product became privately available to some of Cleantech Group’s clients in late May. Now, some of the i3 Platform is available for free public use via… Read More

  • Quora + CrunchBase + LinkedIn = Best Extension Ever?

    A month ago, Polaris Ventures principal Ryan Spoon wrote up a quick blog post looking for a developer with Chrome extension/app experience. He had a pretty simple idea for something to help him with his job. Matt Basta saw the post and created the extension Spoon was looking for almost instantly. Now they’re opening it up for all to use and calling it Polaris Insights. The… Read More

  • CrunchBase Gets Instantized

    Most popular Internet services have now been “instantized”, inspired by the recent unveiling of Google Instant, which “searches before you type”. You can now add our very own CrunchBase to the list, courtesy of 16-year old entrepreneur and tinkerer Spencer Schoeben. Using his CrunchBase Instant you can search our rich database of companies, persons, financial… Read More

  • Venture Funding Roared Back In the Fourth Quarter To Nearly $15 Billion

    After a year when venture funding was in the doldrums, it roared back in the fourth quarter of 2009 to nearly $15 billion, according to a tally of the venture rounds in CrunchBase. The total value of disclosed fundings for the quarter was $14.85 billion, up 113 percent from a year ago (when the total was $6.96 billion), and up 78 percent from the third quarter of 2009 ($8.35 billion). Some of… Read More

  • CrunchBase Product Update: Follow Products and Companies, Top 10 List and Twitter Feeds

    Since the official launch of our integration between CrunchBase and Facebook Connect in November, we’ve seen 19% (5,087 out of 26,850) of our edits come from newly registered, non-anonymous users. Even after the predictable spike around the announcement, we’ve seen a sustained and growing percentage of our edits coming from these users (see figure below). As they say, no good deed… Read More