Well, I found one of those websites recently. It’s called CrunchBase and, according to their website, it’s a free “database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.”
To get an understanding of the type of information is provided, I ran a few searches. I started big. Really big. I searched Google. There was a vast amount of data available ranging from a listing of the people, products, recent milestones, traffic analytics, funding, competitors, acquisitions, videos, investments, and more.
I then ran a couple searches for smaller, Wisconsin-based companies. Even these smaller company entries had a decent amount of information. I also found companies that have been dissolved, but the data regarding their formation and funding remained on the site.
CrunchBase contains data on more than 200,000 companies, 250,000 people and almost 15,000 financial organizations.
Researchers interested in learning more about a company, funding sources, or individuals should use the “advanced search” option. The number of options to refine your search is substantial.
This site would be an excellent resource for general company research, competitive intelligence, and acquisition information.
Obviously, whenever a researcher sees the phrase “anyone can edit,” they have concerns regarding the reliability of the data. CrunchBase includes a Sources section outlining where and how the data was obtained.
For additional information, check out their guidelines and best practices on the About page.
Researchers can also subscribe to a daily email notice service.