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It's an easy to use database private equity firms that allows all professionals types to search investors using a variety of criteria. We capture and consolidate firm details, their history of investments, and roster of personnel.

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SEOMoz, Most transparent private company on the planet?

May 7, 2012 | By

SEOMoz, the Saas startup focused on helping businesses get the most out of their online web presences announced last week that it had raised an $18 million Series B from existing investor Ignition Partners, as well as new investor, Foundry Group. Funding announcements aren’t terribly interesting as most most press releases don’t provide any insight [...]

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2,000 Firms (And Growing)

February 14, 2012 | By

A few weeks ago, we achieved a small milestone here at – crossing the ‘magical’ (at least for us) 2,000 firm barrier.  2,000 certainly doesn’t make us ‘complete’, however it’s important to note that we’re constantly adding new firms and aren’t looking to let up anytime soon.

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SharesPost vs SecondMarket

October 18, 2011 | By

SecondMarket and SharesPost serve to facilitate the purchase and sale of illiquid assets and are the largest such exchanges in the rapidly emerging secondary marketplace field (other exchanges include DebtMarket, a specialist in loans and Liquidnet, a recent entrant into the trading of private company shares).  While both SecondMarket and SharesPost deal with the private sale of [...]

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Top 10 Business Traits Private Equity Firms Salivate Over

October 10, 2011 | By

When private equity firms hunt for acquisitions, they look for business characteristics that minimize risk as they build value and position for a potential exit.  All investment firms break down the key traits that interest them the most.  The challenge of course is finding what they want at a reasonable multiple.   So what business [...]

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Top Free Private Equity Resources from Across the Web

October 4, 2011 | By

By Zack Miller There’s a windfall of information about the private equity industry online.  Here’s a list of some of the best resources online about the field. Research Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship: Part of the Big Green’s Tuck School of Business, the Center is an awesome showcase of leading research on the private [...]

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Biggest buyouts in history, where are they today?

September 29, 2011 | By

By Mark Di Vincenzo When you look at the biggest private equity buyouts in history, it’s easy to spot the glory years — 2006 and 2007, before a severe recession rocked the nation. Economists say the recession is behind us, but we’re still limping along, and there are fears that the economy may double dip [...]

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Y Combinator vs TechStars

September 21, 2011 | By

The recent creation of a $24 million TechStars fund that promises to invest $100k into each accepted company (on top of the original $6k to $18k) is a big win for the program and the entrepreneurs vying for one of their coveted spots.  TechStars currently has programs in 4 cities (Boulder – HQ, Boston, Seattle, [...]

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DST not interested in Dropbox?

August 31, 2011 | By

Or is it the other way around? Rumors of a mega VC raise for popular file storage service Dropbox have been swirling in recent weeks and TechCrunch now confirms that Index Ventures is leading a round which values the 4 year-old startup at $4 billion.

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How common is the CFA designation amongst private equity pros?

July 4, 2011 | By

Requiring 4 years of qualified professional experience and the passage of three, grueling 6-hour exams, the CFA Charterholder designation is not an easy qualification to obtain.  As such, there are only 90,000 charterholders around the world. Doing a quick search of ‘CFA’ amongst the 14,500+ junior to senior PE professionals in the database yields [...]

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Product Update: Simple ‘My Projects’ feature proving popular

June 20, 2011 | By

It’s been a couple of months since our recent makeover and one feature that’s proven quite popular with new and existing users is the ability to create simple project lists of private equity ‘Firms’, ‘Portfolio Companies’, and/or private equity ‘Professionals’, one record at a time. Currently, we provide four unique lists for each type of [...]

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