FormDs.com is an interesting and useful new site that helps identify equity or debt investments in startups, growing businesses, hedge funds, and private equity firms in the U.S. on a real-time basis.
As noted by the SEC:
The SEC does not require companies that are raising less than $1 million under Rule 504 of Regulation D to be “registered” with the SEC, but these companies are required to file a “Form D” with the SEC. The Form D serves as a brief notice that provides information about the company and the offering.
A lot of good information can be gleaned from Form Ds, including the amount of money raised, the names of executives and directors, and even the broker commission paid. The site allows searching by company or individual name, making it useful for Canadian searchers looking for competitive cross-border information.
[Via Best of the Business Web]
I had the pleasure and privilege of presenting a session last night on business backgrounding and due diligence resources and strategies to the special libraries community in Toronto. I really enjoyed the session, and there was a lively Q&A afterwards where I picked up some tips as well.
Here’s a checklist of resources I created to help guide researchers when conducting this kind of research. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it provides an overview of the resources typically used. Please let me know in the comments if you find it useful.
Business Background and Due Diligence Research Checklist (PDF)
For international due diligence and investigative research, I’ve found Investigative Dashboard to be a wonderful resource:
Investigative Dashboard (ID) has been developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the world’s leading cross border investigative reporting organization. OCCRP designed Investigative Dashboard as a transnational collaborative effort to help journalists and civil society researchers expose organized crime and corruption around the world. It hosts three core tools: a crowd-sourced database of information and documents on persons of interest and their business connections, a worldwide list of online databases and business registries, and a research desk where journalists can go for help in sourcing hard to find information.
The collection of business registries and related databases is terrifically useful.