Crunchbase is a platform for finding business information about private and public companies.
Crunchbase information includes investments and funding information, founding members and individuals in leadership positions, mergers and acquisitions, news, and industry trends. Originally built to track startups, the Crunchbase website contains information on public and private companies on a global scale.
Crunchbase sources its data in four ways: the venture program, machine learning, an in-house data team, and the Crunchbase community. Members of the public can submit information to the Crunchbase database. These submissions are subject to registration, social validation, and are often reviewed by a moderator before being accepted for publication.
Crunchbase was originally founded in 2007 by Michael Arrington, as a place to track the startups that parent company TechCrunch featured in articles. From 2007 to September 2015, TechCrunch maintained control of the Crunchbase database. In September 2010, AOL acquired TechCrunch and Crunchbase as one of TechCrunch’s portfolio companies.
In 2015, Crunchbase separated from AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity and in September 2015, in conjunction with the spin out, Crunchbase announced $6.5 million in funding raised from Emergence Capital and later with Mayfield Fund. Most recently, Jager McConnell leads Crunchbase as CEO.