March 05, 2009 at 13:26 PM EST
BizShark Takes A Crack At Creating An Automated CrunchBase
If you are looking to do some quick competitive analysis, a new site called BizShark offers a wealth of data about companies. Bizshark is a nifty automated information aggregator. It pulls together the latest business profiles, news, financials, web analytics, social footprint, marketing strategies, and other business information by searching across more than 50 Internet business databases. The site is pretty comprehensive and features a particularly useful tool that compares businesses with their competitors by analytics, traffic and news volume. Using its "CompetitorSort algorithm," BizShark constantly monitors online discussion threads on related companies, products, and services and then uses a filter to rank the competition by link authority. BizShark aggregates data from Wikipedia , our own CrunchBase , Technorati , Compete , and Google Search . Secondary sources for information include Yahoo, Quantcast, Alexa, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Indeed, BackType, and other sites. BizShark doesn't allow users to edit or contribute data to its system, forgoing the Wiki model. Its approach is similar to Quarkbase and KillerStartups' Dataopedia , an information aggregator that lets users see all the data it can find about a website (Dataopedia also uses Crunchbase data).
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