Interview with PitchBook


  • PitchBook is a fintech and data analytics company established in 2007 by founder and CEO John Gabbert.
  • The company’s core product is the PitchBook Platform, a subscription-only database with analytical tools.
  • Parent Company Morningstar acquired PitchBook in 2016.


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What is PitchBook?


PitchBook is the leading financial data and technology company. We provide a comprehensive view of the flow of capital across venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and public companies. The PitchBook Platform, mobile app, API and analyst research empowers users to make informed investment and business decisions by surfacing hard-to-find financial and deal data on the entire investment lifecycle. In 2016, Morningstar acquired PitchBook for $225 million, and the company currently serves as an independent subsidiary. Since the acquisition, PitchBook has integrated Morningstar’s industry-leading public financial market data into the Platform, providing a holistic view of the flow of capital across public and private markets. PitchBook’s ability to offer the full spectrum of financial data uniquely positions the company to tell the whole story related to how the private market activity impacts public market performance and vice versa

PitchBook’s rigorous research process involves hundreds of thousands of web crawlers and more than 500 researchers with industry relationships, public information, data science and intensive quality assurance workflows. Headquartered in Seattle, PitchBook also has offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Mumbai, employing more than 1,200 employees globally.



What Success has PitchBook Seen?


PitchBook’s premier reputation has allowed it to become one of the fastest-growing financial database companies in the world, with a  55.3%, revenue growth in 2019. Nearly 33,000 industry-leading business and investment professionals leverage PitchBook data on a daily basis to make informed decisions, including 61 of 100 top venture capital investors ranked in the Forbes’ 2019 Midas list and 27 of 2019’s Top 50 Fortune 500 companies. The company launched 307 Platform innovations in 2019 to further enhance workflow and user experience, including the addition of nearly 1.5 million new global datasets, new search capabilities leveraging machine learning technology and a redesigned Research Centre. No other data provider delivers the depth of both private and public market insights through award-winning technology.



How is The Company Unique?


PitchBook is deliberate about establishing and fostering a unique company culture. We work to develop strong relationships through various engagement tactics. Including, PitchBook University (PBU) – All new hires go through a two-week course featuring college-level curriculum. Each new hire cohort also has lunch with CEO John Gabbert sometime during their first two weeks. WIN@PitchBook (Women’s Initiative at PitchBook) is an employee-driven group focused on the personal and professional development of women and promoting diversity across PitchBook.



What are PitchBook’s Plans for Growth in 2020?


Our company’s London office is rapidly growing. We just moved to a new office in London and plan to hire 60 people there in 2020. EMEA is a major area of growth for our PitchBook right now as we look to add even more data sets to support our global client base.



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