TechCrunch is an American online publisher focusing on the tech industry. The company specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products. It was one of the earliest publications to report extensively on tech startups and funding.
TechCrunch was founded in June 2005 by Archimedes Ventures, led by partners Michael Arrington and Keith Teare. In 2010, AOL acquired the company for approximately $25 million.
TechCrunch hosts an annual tech conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, that is hosted in several cities in the United States and Europe. Some notable startups that have been involved in the company’s Startup Battlefield have been DropBox, Mint, and Crate.io.
From 2007 to 2015, TechCrunch operated Crunchbase, a database of the startup ecosystem, consisting of investors, incubators, start-ups, key people, funds, funding rounds and events. Subject to registration, members of the public can make submissions to the database; however, all changes are subject to review by a moderator before being accepted.
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 Pro
- Designed for advanced users, this tool offers more in-depth search capabilities, market trend analytics, and alerts to track industries, people, companies, and investors.
- Crunchbase Marketplace:
- Marketplace allows users to search and analyze companies with integrated third-party data sources. Users can also access additional data like web traffic, tech stack, and IT budgets.
- Crunchbase Enterprise:
- Enterprise lets users perform typical business intelligence and analytics queries, such as setting up and following investment trends, identifying and tracking growth industries, and identifying companies that are close to their own.
- Crunchbase for Applications:
- This tool allows users to integrate Crunchbase data into their product, providing their customers the ability to automatically contextualize prospects to prioritize their sales pipeline and identify key buy signals.
In 2015, Crunchbase spun out of AOL/Verizon/TechCrunch to become a private entity, and is no longer a part of TechCrunch.
In 2008, TechCrunch started The Crunchies award ceremony to award startups, internet and technology innovations each year. Due to controversy surrounding the awards, TechCrunch announced in 2017 it would end the Crunchies.
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