I’m a frequent visitor to the Crunchbase site. Crunchbase’s purpose in life is to surface information about companies — as someone who covers technology companies, Crunchbase is my go-to location for information about management, funding rounds and other relevant corporate data.
Crunchbase maintains a “master record” of corporate information, gathered from a wide variety of sources — contributors, partners and content teams. Crunchbase’s basic product is free, while it also offers a number of premium (read: paid) solutions for higher-level purposes.
The company (and I still find it hard to think of Crunchbase as a company, for me it has always been simply a destination site) is today announcing an $18 million Series B funding round, alongside a new paid service. Crunchbase Enterprise is a new offering for teams to access Crunchbase data, designed (as these things so often are) to be useful to sales personnel within an organization. The idea being that sales teams can closely follow investment trends, identify growing industries and identify companies that could be likely customers for their services.