19 June 2013

Quantitative VC and Data

The Quantitative VC | TechCrunch: " . . .What are the kinds of data that VCs are parsing through? There’s the basic signals like Compete and Alexa data, as well as App Store and Play Store data and rankings. VCs are also combing through sites like LinkedIn to scout talent on who could be starting a company and paying for data streams of SEC filings, and other forms of public financial data from sources like CB Insights, Venture Source and others. And VCs have been flocking to our own CrunchBase, which now has 1.6 million data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more. CrunchBase President Matt Kaufman recently announced the CrunchBase Venture Network, which gives VC firms access to the CrunchBase API and team in exchange for information on their portfolio companies, including funding updates, staffing changes, product launches and acquisitions. Eleven firms signed up for the data partnership at launch a few weeks ago, including Greylock, DFJ, Softtech VC, SV Angel, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, 500 Startups, Betaworks, Foundry Group and TechStars. In two weeks, Kaufman says over a hundred firms, including Google Ventures, have joined the network to access CrunchBase data. There’s no doubt that every well-known VC firm is trying to figure out how to use data intelligently. Some want to talk about it and some don’t, obviously for competitive reasons. . . ."

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