Frequently Asked Questions
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While we employ technology to alert us of changes in the marketplace, our database is hand-built by our in-house research team. We are fanatical about data quality. At least as of right now, the best way to have the best quality data is for a human to input it into the database.
Very recent. For each data set, we track internal metrics for recency, including the median age of the data as well as the oldest data point in the data set. For simple data (like address and phone numbers), the median age runs around 11-13 days. That is, we verify, validate, update the entire data set on a cycle that is less than 2 weeks, on average. For larger, more comprehensive data sets (i.e. portfolio companies), the median age is ~21-23 days. This means we have an update cycle for ~118,000 portfolio companies that cycles approximately every 3 weeks. The oldest data point in each of these is 90 days.
We track a global database of firms, from the largest firms down to the long tail of smaller firms in each of our data modules. However, we are also very selective about the firms that we choose to include in the database. For example, for our private equity data, we only include firms with either committed capital or demonstrable evidence of closing deals in the marketplace. Consequently, our database is "low noise" and only includes actionable firms.
There are currently 4,930 firms in the database. However, we are very selective about the firms we choose to include. The general criteria are that the firm must be a reputable firm actively closing deals in the marketplace. As such, we intentionally omit venture capital firms, angel investors, mezzanine funds, fund of funds, and other extraneous noise from the data set. This is, therefore a very clean, focused database appropriate for professional use.
We are fanatical about the quality of our data. As such, our internal research team employs two methods to update the database to ensure both the recency and accuracy of information.
- As we learn of new events through press releases or from the private equity firms, we immediately reflect this in the database.
- We also have a very efficient, systematic approach to continuously update the entire database. This results in an average aging of data of about 40 days or less.
The target customers for the private equity database are middle-market investment bankers, corporate business development executives or business owners exploring a potential exit or capital raise. Customers also include M&A-related service providers such as transaction lawyers, accountants, consultants, finance-focused executive search firms, MBA candidates and the private equity firms themselves.
There are currently ~118,000 portfolio companies in the database.
We are currently tracking ~124,000 senior level professionals.
Of the professionals we track, we have approximately 70% of their individual email addresses.
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Private Equity Info provides private equity firms both greater and more targeted deal flow. Please contact us to request a firm be added to the database.