My Analysis of CrunchBase

crunchbase-logoWhat is Crunchbase?

Accurate, deep data with the ability to deliver high-potential, high-quality leads and analysis

Who uses Crunchbase?

  • Investors
    • Investigation:
      • new companies
      • new people
      • companies that raised money
      • companies that recently failed
      • companies that hired new people
  • Entrepreneurs
    • Investigation:
      • Locate investors that are investing in your specific industry, product, services, location, etc.
  • Business Development Teams
    • Investigation:
      • Find connections
      • Find companies
      • Find competitors
      • Find licensed investors

Why Crunchbase?

  • Customized Searches
  • Data analysis tools to glean the information you are looking for
  • Customizable email alerts to keep you in the know and finger to the pulse of the business economy
  • Over 1 million users per week and fastest growing of it’s kind

Crunchbase’s Mission in a Nutshell

The definitive business intelligence platform where professional communities document the connections between investors, companies, products and people.

A Global one-stop-shop for data, trends and analysis tools.

Crunchbase’s advantage to the Commercial Real Estate & Crowdfunding

  • Quantifying Startups and Founders:
  • Integrating Analytics into Investment Thesis
  • Quantifying Services
  • New Investment Vehicles built on data
  • Because the SEC allows open solicitation as of 2012, Crunchbase opens a world of potential investors to one seeking funding from qualified investors
  • Evaluate traction
  • Evaluate competitors

Crunchbase’s advantage to the Small to Medium Business

  • No need for a data analytics team
  • Find qualified investors easier
  • Global data at your fingertips
  • Customizable searches to get to your local level, interest, business size
  • Gauge your competition and evaluate their movements, both financially and growth-wise

Crunchbase’s Competition

  • Angellist
  • F6s
  • Owler
  • Mattermark
  • CB Insights
  • Datafox
  • Traxen
  • Funderbeam
  • Sourcinno

 

Care to Dance?

When analyzing the current economy and market conditions, often times Commercial Real Estate and Residential Real Estate are assimilated in the reports. Although similar, they are often found dancing to different “tunes” on the same dance floor. What I mean by this is that although they are operating simultaneously in a wavering economy, they are distinct, which has allowed for the Commercial Real Estate industry to “creatively” overcome and seek sustenance in other ways that the housing market does not provide. Some examples of those new dance steps are:
REIT Running Man:
REIT’s are pushing for rent increases on multi-units, due to apartment and housing turnover trends at record lows due to inability to acquire mortgages. Public REIT’s are said to be paying yields in the 3.5% range. If you shift to the private sector, you can expect somewhere in the 8’s. Commercial Real Estate can also be considered an inflation hedge.

Buy or Build Butterfly:
Large Developers are focusing on new construction retail projects while some remain conservative favoring property acquisitions. When considering an acquisition, take a careful look beyond the cash flow. What will the rent income be when the current leases terminate? Novice investors miss this all of the time. Commercial Real Estate as a whole is driven by jobs, particularly the office and industrial sector. Consumer spending drives retail. Although the multi-unit industry has made remarkable improvement, we see a need to shrink the chasm between new construction costs and trending rental rates.

Land Limbo:
Buying land in the current market can be sketchy at best. Land with approvals, availability of utilities and located within the “right market”…it’s like trying to find a customized car with all of your wish list features off the lot of the used car dealer. Before jumping in with both feet, most investors are considering several items of interest when performing their due diligence:
Demand – What is the demand for the project?
Dinero – What will my ROI be and how far out can I expect my rate of return?
Domination – What bureaucratic hullabaloo will I have to endure to gain the “blessing” to execute this project and how long will it take to come to fruition? Also, will you be able to sell the property when you are ready to? What will it take?

The Lean,..oh I mean GREEN wit it, Rock wit it:
As an owner/investor, green solutions can potentially provide tenant attraction and maximize your property value. Applying Green initiatives to your current property can influence negotiations, improve operations and sustainability, boost tenancy and rent rates, improve the property to optimize sales price and attract “green” buyers.