Data Mining

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

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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. Read More

New Money

Early Stage Investing in New York Got Supercharged Mid-2009

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What the hell happened in the middle of 2009? Jerry Neumann, an early stage investor in such companies as 33across and BankSimple, couldn’t sleep last night. So he decided to play with investment data from Crunchbase, TechCrunch’s crowd-sourced, somewhat spotty record of start-up rounds. “New York City is on a roll, right? Right,” he writes. Looking at the data, New York VCs like Betaworks, the sleeper Great Oaks Venture Capital, Greycroft Partners, Hudson Ventures, DFJ Gotham, Union Square Ventures and Village Ventures doubled their efforts in early stage investing since the end of 2009 and they haven’t slowed down. Read More