CrunchBase Updates Terms of Service and Adopts Creative Commons 4.0

Earlier today we updated our Terms of Service for the first time since the CrunchBase API was launched in July 2008.  Back then, CrunchBase listed only 5k companies and the startup community was just beginning to figure out what insights could be drawn from the CrunchBase dataset.  Today, CrunchBase includes profiles on over 200k companies plus the founders, investors, and fundings that have brought those companies to life.  With thousands of updates pouring in every day from the community, the CrunchBase Venture Program  and our partners, it’s no surprise that 5k registered developers are working with the API and tens of thousands of people have downloaded our monthly data exports.

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CrunchBase, People+, and the EFF

We are in the midst of a disagreement with new mobile startup called People+. Wired.com broke the story and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has elected to represent People+. The dispute centers on whether People+ has the right to use the entire CrunchBase dataset to build a new product directly competitive with CrunchBase. In the CrunchBase Terms of Service, we cite a Creative Commons plus attribution license as our foundation, and we also reserve, among other things, the right to restrict or prohibit use of the data under certain circumstances, such as use of the data to create a direct competitor to CrunchBase. On that basis, an AOL attorney last week asked People+ to not use our data in their product.

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CrunchBase Venture Program Hits 400 and Launches Tools to Help Investors Manage Their Public Data

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Matt Kaufman.

The CrunchBase Venture Program is backed by more than 400 venture firms, incubators, and angel groups that are helping us build the definitive open dataset for the startup community. In 2013, members of the venture program have already participated in 1,610 funding rounds worth over $12 billion – more than one-third of all funding activity in CrunchBase. Today we’re rolling out a new way for members of the venture program to maintain their CrunchBase profiles, an endeavor that grows more important every day as more teams come to rely on the CrunchBase dataset and more applications are built against our API.

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Q3 2013 Excel Released! 64k Profiles and 8k Rounds Added in Q3

In Q3, we’ve seen over 77k user-submitted changes, 16k more than Q2. Highlights of the Q3 2013 Export:

The CrunchBase dataset has now grown to 419k profiles and 46k investment rounds thanks to our community of contributors and members of the CrunchBase Venture Program.   We’re publishing a snapshot of the CrunchBase database today which includes all venture funded US Companies. You can download the snapshot here and if you find any errors or omissions, please let us know!

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CrunchBase Partners with ILVenture to Expand Coverage of Israeli Startups

Israeli startups have been on a tear.  Already this year Waze, Trusteer, and Adap-tv were acquired for a combined value of over $2.3B and CrunchBase has recorded $324MM of funding invested in Israeli-headquartered companies.  CrunchBase is expanding our coverage by partnering with ILVenture – the open data platform for the Israeli startup ecosystem.  As with our AngelList partnership, members of ILVenture can elect to have their data automatically shared with CrunchBase.

ILVenture is quickly gaining traction.  Just one month after its launch, almost 500 Israeli startups have joined the platform along with 20 local incubators and accelerators.   “ILVenture plans to become the online place for the Israeli entrepreneurship community, making it possible for entrepreneurs in Israel to communicate effectively and make a whole industry move faster” says Amir Shevat, one of ILVenture’s contributors.

Through our partnerships with AngelList and ILVenture, thousands of founders have already shared their company profiles with CrunchBase.  We’re excited to be building the definitive global database for the startup community and hope to share more partnership announcements soon.

Sunrise Update Brings Foursquare, CrunchBase, And Google Maps Integration To The Already-Smart Calendar

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jordan Crook.  Sunrise is the latest addition to the CrunchBase Spotlight Program which highlights the best applications and research built on the CrunchBase dataset.  Contact us if you’d like to be part of the program.

Sunrise, the Google-friendly calendar app that focuses on design, may have some competition coming from iOS 7, but even with the added pressure, the Sunrise team is clearly making strides.  Today, Sunrise was updated in the App Store to add support for foursquare check-ins, CrunchBase and Google Maps, along with some design tweaks.

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CrunchBase Daily, everything you’ll need to start the day!

You know who you are. You check into CrunchBase every day, maybe a few times, just to make sure your competition has not closed that new round. If you are that guy, CrunchBase is about to make your life a little easier. Today we are launching the CrunchBase Daily, an email roundup of the latest funding data from CrunchBase. You can sign up for the CrunchBase Daily by joining our mailing list or following us on Twitter where we’ll tweet each day’s recap.

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Google Ventures Joins CrunchBase Venture Program, Now More Than 100 Members Strong

Since launching the CrunchBase Venture Program at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC last week, we’ve added more than 100 venture firms, angel groups, and incubators to the program including Google Ventures.  Together our partners have taken part in over 3,900 funding rounds, funded 2,700 companies, and helped guide investment of over $35B.  Beyond the numbers, each firm we’ve spoken to has given us incredible feedback about the platform and offered their support in building out an open, timely, and accurate dataset.

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Announcing the CrunchBase Venture Program

Editors note:  This is a repost of an article we did for TechCrunch article.

We knew CrunchBase was big. We knew because there are 2 million people using the startup database each month. We knew because more than 120k people have contributed 1.6MM data points on companies, entrepreneurs, fundings, exits and more. What we didn’t know, however, was what the investment community thinks about CrunchBase. To answer that question, we spent many weeks visiting venture and angel firms and talking about data and CrunchBase. We learned that most are investing a lot in data and analytics in order to find good companies, ideas, and people. Everyone agreed that CrunchBase is an important source of that information, but we also heard something else: CrunchBase needs to evolve fast to keep pace with these new demands. In particular, Crunchbase needs to be more timely, accurate, and detailed.

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