. . . a
selective guide to websites, companies, agencies,
analysts, and other resources where entrepreneurs
can find help in researching their industries and
Click here to suggest or
comment on a resource
For Online Research
To Prepare A Market Analysis
from Entrepreneurial Edge, covers the concepts
and processes of researching a market.
from Rutgers University steps
you through the questions and process of a business
is a guided tour through conducting research on the
Net, including help with researching discussion
groups, eZines, newsgroups, FAQs, associations,
government sources, company information, and more.
Research Specialist is a search engine that
conducts highly focused searches across the Internet
on business and strategy topics.
Electronic Library. Pose a question to launch a search through
hundreds of full-text newspapers and magazines, two international news wires, classic books, maps,
major works of literature and art.
Search ] Find
information about Internet entrepreneurs in
the Greater Washington DC region.
Internet Intelligence Index: offers help in
gathering competitive intelligence information,
including links to over 600 intelligence-related
Internet sites ranging from macro-economic data to
US Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC) maintains company
financial filings, applications and other documents
in its EDGAR
database, offering a wealth of information about
public companies. Several companies, such as Edgar
Online and 10k
Wizard, offer access to SEC data in a more
easily accessible, searchable, enhanced, or
repackaged form, often with related research
offers basic background about public companies,
industries, IPOs, and other business information at
no charge, plus additional services for a fee.
Information: Offers news, research reports, and
other info about public companies.
research firm that collects data, categorizes
companies, and delivers comparables according to
product and service offerings.
Company Finder: Database of technology companies
including contact info, website links, product
lists, and more.
Order annual reports from over 500,000 US and
At last count, this site collected almost 30,000
downloadable white papers from technology companies
on topics including hardware, software,
communications, and startup companies.
and other researchers play an important role in the
high tech business ecology. Firms like these can
offer a variety of services for a price, including
research reports, customized research, publications,
conferences, and more. While most services can be
expensive, a good deal of useful information can be
derived from announcements and other public releases
as well. Here are some of the more prominent
technology analyst and research firms; there are
& Information Technology
Monitors eCommerce and other emerging technologies
and their implications for business.
InStat Group: Offers reports and white papers
covering the spectrum of digital communications
market research from technology to end-user.
Research: Conducts research and analysis on the
impact of emerging technologies on business,
consumers, and society.
Group: Covers the computer hardware, software,
communications, and related IT industries.
Data Corporation (IDC): Covers eCommerce, the
Internet and information technology. IDC is a
division of IDG, a
publisher of many prominent technology industry
magazines, including Computerworld
Group: Research and consulting firm, focusing on
information technology and business transformation
Seybold Group: Specializes in eBusiness, IT, and
customer relationship issues.
Group: Focuses on global communications,
wireless, Internet, and eBusiness markets and
Wireless, Satellite, etc.
A source for international telecommunications
statistics and analysis. Regular published reports
include International Bandwidth, Telegeography,
Links to research and reports on the mobile
A research group specializing in the optical
Traffic And Online Usage
Media Metrix: Analyzes the impact of the
Internet and new technologies on commerce and
NetRatings: Syndicated service providing
advertisers, site publishers, and media planners
with Internet audience information.
Applies a proprietary research community to evaluate
Webcast Ratings: This radio audience rating firm
also has a division for tracking and measuring
Interactive: The veteran polling firmís online
provides aggregated statistics, trends and analysis
Resellers And Aggregators
browsable directory of published statistical data in
a wide range of topics, from business to government
to science, technology and transportation.
Offers a service that allows you to buy just
portions of certain reports from a variety of firms
at a reduced price.
Collects reports and white papers from dozens of
vendors and analysts for distribution and resale.
Internet Surveys: Publishes a free weekly email
newsletter that aggregates and summarizes
conclusions from research reports on
A division of Internet.com offering reports for
Statistics & Domain Names
Tracks application, business and usage trends
related to the Internet.
Geography Project: International statistics
about Internet domains, hosts and users.
Is: Service from domain registrar VeriSign that
letís you search for a domain name, or search by a company name to find its Web
& Finance Info
Economics: Tracks news, statistics, trends and
deals in the private equity industry.
Comprehensive database on venture-backed companies
and investors by VentureOne.
News, data, and research on private technology
companies, venture capital firms, technology
executives, and investors
Reporter: Private equity transaction database
with corresponding newsletters, print magazine, and
Interactive database featuring technology company
transactions and financial valuation tools.
Includes publications, research, and other resources
about business valuations.
In-depth coverage of the IPO market, including news,
alerts and email newsletters.
Information on IPO offerings, underwriters,
accountants and law firms.
Among other services, tracks statistics for Internet
and technology company acquisitions and closures.
National Venture Capital Association:
Represents over 400 venture capital and private
>> Economic, Demographic,
and Other Data
of Labor Statistics: An agency of the US
government offering research and statistics on a
wide variety of topics ranging from the state of the
US economy, to worker compensation, to consumer
A provider of consumer demographic information.
Data: Offers demographic, industry, and
consultant reports for sale.
Gateway to statistics from over 100 US federal
Abstract of the United States: Collects data
from the US Census Bureau.
Information Systems: Offers economic
intelligence at any level or aggregation of US
Government supplied information on people,
businesses and geography.
for Digital Government: Research reports on how
state, local, municipal, and federal governments are
using network technologies, including its annual Digital
States and Digital Cities surveys.
Links to information for, from, and about the US
Product Search: Order from 450,000 US government
science and technology publications.
A government-wide listing of US federal procurement
opportunities that exceed $25,000.
Internationalist: Offers a variety of links and
information about international companies, markets,
Lists websites that offer free and easily accessible
social, economic, and general data from official or
similarly "quotable" sources.
World Fact Book: Background information on the
countries of the world.
Pacific Management Forum:
Resources for Asian regional news, business
strategy, research, and marketing intelligence.
of Congress Business Reference Services:
Links to business resources on the Internet.
from the Dana Library at Rutgers University,
includes topics such as Market
catalogued at Stanford Universityís Jackson
at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, includes links to a
wide variety of research resources.
& Industry Information
at the Baker Library of the Harvard Business School
has links to many sources offering company lists,
databases, research, financial information, and
Business Information Center
at the University of Maryland is an extensive
collection of electronic and print business