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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 18, 2020

Invaluable Resource for Private Markets Professionals

Score 8 out of 10
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PitchBook is being used primarily, although not exclusively, by the research division within my organization. When conducting diligence on fund managers or specific companies, PitchBook serves as a source of quality information. Because of the wide breadth and unique data points PitchBook offers, the software is a crucial provider of data that my organization is not able to find elsewhere.
  • PitchBook provides a very comprehensive database of not just companies and investors but also M&A activity, financials, funds and LPs.
  • Pitchbook is multi-dimensional it how it can be used. For example, it can help to accomplish various business objectives, including deal sourcing, due diligence, private market intelligence and fundraising.
  • PitchBook has an easy-to-navigate user interface. It enables the user to quickly find the data and information that he or she needs.
  • Financials on PitchBook are not always up to date. For example, despite Q1 2020 financials already being published by companies, PitchBook was still missing their FY2019 results.
  • The market intelligence features are not as developed as S&P Capital IQ. For example, the public markets plugin does not track indices.
  • The cons mentioned above are minor. PitchBook has very few meaningful downsides as it offers more private market data than any of its competitors.
PitchBook is well suited for conducting analyses on private companies of all sizes, industries or the major actors in a particular space. PitchBook, however, is less suited for analysis of public companies, despite its relatively recent integration of public market data from Morningstar. This largely stems from the fact that PitchBook was built around being a company providing private market data focused on venture capital and private equity investing.
The overall support for PitchBook is about average. It is not excellent for two primary reasons. First, PitchBook can run slow from time to time, and I cannot copy and paste from the Chrome extension. I have found neither of those issues to be a function of the computer I am using. However, the PitchBook support team has proved helpful on several occasions.

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Chris McCarthy | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 23, 2019

Best When Serious About Acquiring!

Score 9 out of 10
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We are always watching for companies to acquire. I’ve used PitchBook at another company for the same primary reason. The secondary benefits are tremendous, as there is much to be learned about bankable market trends based on what decisions PE, VC, and fund managers are making (putting real makers behind new deals)

For us, we value PitchBook for the quality of the data, and seek to approach the right acquisitions based on data that would be far too time consuming to capture on our own.
  • Extremely well-researched data, critical to any M&A decision.
  • Customer support: real humans respond, and follow-up diligently.
  • High trust resource: provides private company information too, which is far more valuable/ harder to access than public.
  • The price could be lower. If you’re serious about investing, then the Price is not a hurdle. But if you want to watch market cash trends, there are other great choices at lower costs.
Best uses are M+A, fund managers, PE companies and VCs. The quality of both their data and their researchers/support teams is excellent! Also, an excellent strategy advisory tool for startups, even if it is a bit pricey.
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Jason Kraus | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 01, 2019

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Score 6 out of 10
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We used PitchBook for about 1 year, mostly on researching investment history to target Angels and VCs and comparable market valuations.
  • Data set of investments and acquisitions.
  • Contact information and key personnel.
  • Industry reports.
  • Expensive for small firms.
  • A good percentage of contacts bounce, so we need to use separate email list verification tools.
  • Most relevant searches were completed early on, not much use for us in ongoing work.
Well suited for larger enterprises and later stage investors, and those looking into companies at the Series A to B and beyond with more data in the system. It's less helpful at the seed stage.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 04, 2016

PitchBook: Augment the quality of any client pitch book

Score 8 out of 10
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The group I was in specialized in private capital markets and private placements, and needed a specialized source for accessing the latest available data on transactions in the market. PitchBook was used by my group as well as by other groups firmwide.

PitchBook helped us address the following problems:
-Limited sources of reliable information for private capital markets data
-Easily exportable datasets for use in custom analysis related to private capital markets activity
-Research on prospective investors based on investment history for purposes of investor targeting and transaction marketing
  • Voluminous and detailed datasets: PitchBook was a consistently reliable source of information on the most recent private capital markets transactions, as well as the key investors participating in said transactions.
  • Ease of use: PitchBook allowed for easy exporting of screens in Excel for use in our own analyses with minimal friction, and a robust interface ensured a sufficient level of granularity for conducting research.
  • Customer support: PitchBook customer support was extremely helpful and was frequently able to provide answers to any questions that arose.
  • Missing functionality: At times the ability to drill down further by transaction type and/or security was not available, and necessitated further data manipulation in Excel to arrive at the desired result.
PitchBook is well suited for any group/firm interested in private equity, particularly those looking to market private placements as well as track overall levels of activity in the private capital markets. It appears they've since added further functionality around private-equity specific interests such as limited partners, fund performance, etc. PitchBook is less useful for tracking standard market data such as pricing publicly-traded securities or tracking M&A transactions, as more robust alternatives exist.
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About PitchBook

PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape — including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people. The company’s data and analysis are available through the PitchBook Platform, industry news and in-depth reports.
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