How do I find information on private companies?
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2012 | 62 Views
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Private companies in the U.S. are not required to report financials so researching them can be difficult. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
- Consult the library database PrivCo.
- Private companies that raise capital in one state are required to file a Form D in that state and with the SEC. Check with the Sec.gov site advanced search and/or the Secretary of State. There may be helpful bits and pieces of information on the Form D for painting a financial picture if a company raises money from investors.
- Search a biography database for information about the key officials and board members to learn about their backgrounds and philosophy of doing business. Board members may be from venture capital firms. Learning about funding will help develop an understanding of a company's stability.
- Try a legal and court database for the possibility of lawsuits that could affect these companies.