Data Mining

Oh Look, Someone Just Made CrunchBase Incredibly Useful For Finding Investors and Trends

screen shot 2012 03 08 at 12 52 08 pm Oh Look, Someone Just Made CrunchBase Incredibly Useful For Finding Investors and Trends

If you spend as much time on CrunchBase–the wiki database launched by TechCrunch in 2007–as Betabeat does, it’s dawned on you that for such a valuable resource, it sure is hard to organize data in a meaningful way. Around the time of CEO Heather Harde’s departure from TechCrunch, we seem to recall tweets (that we can’t find now!) about how AOL, which purchased CrunchBase as part of the acquisition, better not mess it up. And they haven’t. But they haven’t really given users features that leverages its juicy stacks of data either.

Which brings us to SeedTable, a new site that uses CrunchBase’s API to build a new, uber-practical interface. The project was put together by Imran Ghory, the London-based founder of CoderStack. You can now sort data by sector, most active cities in the last 12 months, or historical activity, which shows the number of companies founded versus the number of exits.  You can also sort data by, say, top angel investors by investment count in New York City.

As Mr. Ghory told TechCrunch:

“I wanted to see how London was doing compared to other cities in terms of startups,” Ghory told me. In building SeedTable he realised it was also really useful for discovery, thus you could click London, then Consumer Web, then see who had backed those companies.

The rub, of course, is that the accuracy of the data depends on folks uploading info to the CrunchBase wiki. As TechCrunch notes:

One anomaly Ghory found was that companies often only add themselves to CrunchBase after they have funding, which throws their founding data out of whack. If people just entered super-accurate information, and did it early, we’d see better data. (Anyone can add anything to CrunchBase).

Founders, why try to fight it? FormDs.com is just gonna out you anyway.

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