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Nov 7, 2019

Pitchbook: More ideal for tracking private companies, VC's, and Private Equity. Very detailed information on private companies that you just don't get anywhere else (from my experience). Pulling public company data, specifically precedent transactions (IPOs, Follow-Ons etc..) isn't great.

CapIQ: Very good for pulling public company information, recent deals, but really lacks private company information. Strong excel plug-in which can automate a lot of mundane tasks by simply inputting a ticker or identifier (I believe pitchbook does this as well but haven't subscribed).

To Summarize: Pitchbook is the best platform for M&A and private placement activities as well as research on private companies, VCs, and PE funds. CapIQ is ideal for all things on the public side.

Hope that helps, but just my opinion of course.

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Nov 7, 2019

Generally agreed. I find CapIQ can have decent info on pvt txns as long as 1 counterparty is public. I think the biggest thing that separates CapIQ is the plugin and ability to "audit" financials effectively. Ability to screen for both companies and txns I find to be best on CapIQ as well. Also, CapIQ has much better index and economic data, which is basically non-existent on Pitchbook from my experience.

In general, IMO Pitchbook is best used for early stage stuff or fund-related type work (also sneaky good for helping find contact info, but if I could onlychoose one for general finance use, CapIQ all the way. Really, the two are complements to each other in my mind, not substitutes. Would compare CapIQ more closely to Factset, and in that department CapIQ > Factset easy.

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Nov 7, 2019

Have different experience
Used both CapIQ and Factset
Prefers Factset over the other because
1. I find factset excel formulas to be easier to use
2. CapIQ had much more wrong datapoints compared to Factset in my experience

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Nov 7, 2019

Agree re: Pitchbook for VC / PE.

However, Pitchbook is only good when there is publicly available information on the privately held company (through press releases, etc.). They try to use "AI" to generate information about the size of privately held businesses. Most of the time it is WAY off. I have come across $200M+ revenue businesses that don't even show up in Pitchbook.

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Nov 8, 2019

This is spot on. Another thing to note is if you are looking for non-US information Capital IQ seems to have more information.

Nov 7, 2019

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Nov 7, 2019

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Nov 7, 2019
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