Crunchbase is a company that provides information about businesses. Their content includes investment and funding information, individuals in leadership positions, and corporate news.

Type of site
Data as a service
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
  • TechCrunch (2007–2015)
  • Crunchbase, Inc. (2015–present)
Created byMichael Arrington
Employees153 (2019) Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedMay 17, 2007; 17 years ago (2007-05-17)
Current statusOnline

History edit

Crunchbase's former logo, used before the name was changed from CrunchBase to Crunchbase

Crunchbase was founded in 2007 by Michael Arrington as an outside database to track startups featured in articles on TechCrunch.

In September 2010, AOL acquired Crunchbase. [citation needed]

In November 2013, AOL entered into a dispute with startup Pro Populi over the company's use of the entire Crunchbase dataset in apps that Pro Populi developed despite having distributed the data under the Creative Commons CC-BY attribution license. Pro Populi was represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[1] AOL eventually conceded that Pro Populi could continue to use the dataset but adopted the CC BY-NC license for future revisions.[2] A snapshot of the 2013 dataset is still available for download under the CC-BY license on the Crunchbase website.[3]

In 2014, Crunchbase added incubators and venture capital partners to the startup database.[4]

In 2015, Crunchbase went private, separating from AOL, Verizon, and TechCrunch. Crunchbase then announced the raise of $8.5 million in funding.[5] In 2016, the company rebranched by removing the camel casing of its name (with the "B" in "Base" now being rendered as a small letter), and launched its first product, the paid database Crunchbase Pro.[6] In April 2017, Crunchbase announced an $18 million Series B from Mayfield Fund.[7] At the same time, Crunchbase launched two new products – Crunchbase Enterprise and Crunchbase for Applications.[8]

In 2018, Crunchbase launched Crunchbase Marketplace, providing subscriptions to data from third parties.[9] The following year, Crunchbase announced a $30 million Series C led by Omers Ventures.[10]

Products edit

Their software includes tools for investment analytics, trend analysis, web traffic review, and marketing. They also carry news regarding startups.[11] Crunchbase Pro is their in-depth search tool.[11] Crunchbase Enterprise is Designed for larger organizations, Crunchbase Enterprise offers enhanced features such as API access, custom data solutions, and integrations with CRM platforms.

References edit

  1. ^ Kravets, David (November 2013). "AOL Smacks Startup for Using CrunchBase Content It Gave Away". Wired. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Startup Settles Creative Commons Licensing Dispute with Tech Database" (Press release). Electronic Frontier Foundation. December 12, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "2013 Snapshot". Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "CrunchBase Grows Its Global Reach, Adding Incubators, VC Partners And A New Leaderboard Feature". TechCrunch. September 10, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "AOL/Verizon Completes Spinout Of CrunchBase Funded By Emergence Capital". TechCrunch. September 22, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "CrunchBase Pro brings new search and analysis features for power users". TechCrunch. September 12, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Crunchbase raises $18M, debuts Enterprise business intelligence, plans 'Marketplace' for 3rd party data". TechCrunch. April 6, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Zakrzewski, Cat (April 6, 2017). "Crunchbase Expands Paid Services, Raises $18 Million". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Crunchbase opens a marketplace for 3rd-party data in bid to be the 'master database for companies'". TechCrunch. February 21, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Crunchbase raises $30M more to double down on its ambition to be a 'LinkedIn for company data'". TechCrunch. October 31, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Crunchbase Expands Paid Services, Raises $18 Million". The Wall Street Journal. April 6, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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