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Finding and using financial data at Princeton University

Preqin* Major source for private equity data.  Earliest data tends to be around 1980. Online.

Venture Financings 

(VentureXpert)*

Allows detailed searches on venture capital. While the scope is international, foreign coverage is select. The United States market is well covered. Coverage begins in 1970. Online.   Click on Screening & Analysis.  Then click on Private equity.  Then click on Private/Equity Investments. Then search by investments.
Capital IQ* Information on over 60,000 public companies, 685,000 private companies, 10,600 private capital firms, 312,000 transactions, and 1,000,000 professionals worldwide. Coverage begins in 1994 for public data; 1998 for United States private equity data and 2000 for international private equity data. Also available without requiring a personal account on the restricted workstations in Firestone Library A Floor RIS Suite (available from the Start Menu). 
National Venture Capital Association Yearbook   HG4961.N382 (2007); 2010 and 2012+ online
BCVA Some free information on venture capital and private equity in the United Kingdom. Online.
Scorecard Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Online.  2006+
CrunchBase Crowd sourced listings of startup activity.  Free registration is required. Online.
 
 
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Bobbi Coffey and Bobray Bordelon