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Database Guide: CB Insights

How to Access

Go to Databases A-Z and click on CB Insights link.
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Content Coverage & Description

CB Insights is a comprehensive global database on private companies and investors’ activities. Search tools let the users retrieve quantitative investment data and research profiles of investment firms, individual investors, and private companies, including available data on companies’ valuations, as well as selected reports and research articles.

Excellent resource for job search in private sector and for interview preparation.

CB Insights Credits

Limit of 6,000 of Download Credits a year per user.

One Download Credit = one selected line to export to Excel

How to Search

QUICK SEARCH:

Enter keywords in search box at top. Narrow down results by choosing a relevant category, above the results lists, from: Trends, News, Companies, Investors, CB Insights Research

BROWSE SEARCH:

Select Advanced Search in left panel to create custom sets of deals, companies, investors-acquirers, or rankings.

  1. Click Advanced Search > Deal Search, or Company Search, or Investor-Acquirer in left panel.
  2. Select filters on left.
  3. Click See results at top left when done. With results displayed, you may perform additional operations:
  • Click Add more columns at top right to customize results display
  • Download results to Excel. See: CB Insights Credits section of this guide, at left.
  • Additionally for Deals Search:
    • Download Data results to Excel
    • Toggle between Data and Charts tabs. Select different parameters for Chart from the column on left.

Rankings: create custom ranking of investment activities.

  1. Click Advanced Search > Rankings in left panel.
  2. From the drop-down list in I would like to rank box at top, select any of the following ranking criteria:
    • Acquirers (by number of acquisitions)
    • Exits (by valuation $ amount)
    • Financings (by investment $ amount)
    • Investors (by number of deals or by number of exits).
  3. Select filters on left.
  4. Click See results at top left when done. With results displayed, you may perform additional operations:
  • Download results to Excel. See CB Insights Credits section of this guide, at left.
  • When ranking by Acquirers or Investors, click the See underlying deal details tab above results. That will display results with more/customizable details on Deal Search screen.