Welcome to CrunchBase 2.0

Welcome to CrunchBase 2.0

Today we launched CrunchBase 2.0.  From the UX to the underlying data model, we’ve rebuilt the entire platform. The new site aims to meet the increasing demands of our 2 million monthly users as well as the entire startup world, which today touches every part of the economy and every aspect of business. Our mission remains the same: to capture the world’s most comprehensive dataset of startup activity and make that data accessible to everyone.

This launch marks the first major update to CrunchBase since Mike Arrington asked TechCrunch engineers Henry Work and Mark McGranaghan to build a crowd-sourced startup database back in 2007.  Over the years CrunchBase went mostly unchanged, while a few TechCrunch employees, notably Gene Teare, Vineet Thanedar and Anthony Nguyen, worked part time to keep up with the ever growing audience and dataset.  Then, in early 2013, AOL kicked in resources to build a full-scale team around CrunchBase.  Since then, we’ve been working on two tracks: building CrunchBase 2.0 and improving the dataset.

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Startup Calendar for April 15th

Four events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And four accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Seeking Growth, The Payments Industry Embraces New Technologies

Seeking Growth, The Payments Industry Embraces New Technologies

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

Now a victim of its own omnipresent success, the global electronic payments industry is increasingly turning to new technologies as it looks to expand its footprint and find new ways to make money by getting consumers to spend theirs.

The pace of technological advancement in the payments market has even caused regulators to take notice, with innovations like cryptocurrencies continuing to grab headlines and attract government scrutiny at the federal and state level.

Those same regulators are also looking for ways to alleviate the financial pressures and burdens that affect the underbanked and to address the issues of privacy and security that continue to bedevil the industry. Continue reading

Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.

The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that’s finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there’s still one industry that rules over Tinseltown: that’s entertainment.

“Our ecosystem has been building for the last 20 years and it is coming to a crescendo now,” said Mark Suster, a partner at the Los Angeles-based firm Upfront Ventures. “Americans watch 5.3 hours of television a day and they read less than a half an hour. You’re not going to change media consumption patterns [so] you’ll continue to see the rise of a tech ecosystem in L.A. because of the rise of TV and commerce and what that entails.” Continue reading

Startup Calendar for April 8th

Six events are featured in this week’s Startup Calendar:

And two accelerator programs are currently accepting applications:

Read the weekly newsletter for more… To take part in this program as an organization that hosts startup events, visit the Startup Calendar page for guidelines and send us an email at events@crunchbase.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Boston Wraps Up Its Best Venture Quarter In Years

Boston Wraps Up Its Best Venture Quarter In Years

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

The TechCrunch wrecking ball is smashing into Boston as startups in the city are coming off their best quarter in years.

Boston-based startups managed to haul in over $1.2 billion in venture financing in 142 deals for the quarter, marking the strongest fundraising environment for Boston tech startups since 2009.

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Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

Saeed Amidi’s Global Accelerator Network Plug And Play Expands To Brazil

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

The warp and weft of Saeed Amidi’s family story – transitioning from Iranian immigrants fleeing revolution in the 1970s to running a multi-million-dollar global family office and a vast technology accelerator network  – is one that could only have been woven in Silicon Valley.

It’s been nearly 30 years since Amidi’s family bought the building at 165 University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., which catapulted the family from selling high-end rugs to Silicon Valley’s investors and entrepreneurs to joining those investors at the heart of the Valley’s technology scene.

The multi-use office building whose second floor overlooks University Avenue has an allure in part because of the litany of successful technology companies that once called it home. Google was there in its infancy, along with PayPal — an early investment for Amidi — and Logitech, which called the building home in the early days following its move from Switzerland. Continue reading