After performing a search for desired Companies, Investors, and/or People, you will arrive at the Results Screen. The Results Screen contains three columns of results. From left to right they contain the matching returns for Company Search, Investor Search, and Person Search. If you were to start at the Standard Search screen and type 'Activegrid' into the Company Name search field and clicked on the 'Search' button, your Results Screen would look like this:
Results Screen for Company Search for 'Activegrid'
Next to the names of each of the results entries there are numbers in parentheses that give extra information about each of the results:
Companies: numbers show the number of investors in each Company Results entry
Investors: numbers show the number of investments made by each Investor results entry has made
Persons: numbers show the number of Board positions each Person Results entry has held
The search descriptions above each of the three categories remind you of what you decided to search for on the previous screen. Notice that the default Cross Filters are reflected in Investor and Person search descriptions. According to the descriptions, the investors must have had at least 1 investment matching 'activegrid', and the people must have been a current board member on a company matching 'activegrid'.
In the example above, the numbers in parentheses tell us that ActiveGrid has three investors, Allegis Capital has 32 investments, and Jean-Louis Gassee has sat on 12 different boards. This information can help you to decide if you are interested in mapping certain nodes by telling you about their level of connectivity.
ActiveGrid is the only company returned that matches the search term we entered on the Search Screen. Notice also that three matching investors were returned as well as three matching people even though we entered no search terms for either of those categories. This is because of the default Cross Filters. Go to the Cross Filters page for a detailed description, but here is a basic explanation. If you search for one or more companies (but not for only People or Investors at the same time), the Investor Results will contain all of the investors for the companies in the Company Results, and the Person Results will contain all of the Board Members for the companies in the Company Results.
Selecting and Mapping Target Nodes
In the section about Nodes you learned about Target Nodes. Target Nodes are what you are searching for on the Search Screen, and now, on the Results Screen, whatever nodes you select and highlight will be the Target Nodes when you click on the 'Relational Map' button. They will be the nodes whose network is being mapped.
If you are only interested in seeing the network for ActiveGrid, then click on the entry for ActiveGrid in the Company Results column (which will highlight the entry) and then click on the 'Relational Map' button under the columns. However, you also have the option to highlight multiple nodes in any of the three categories by holding down the 'Control' key, and then you can map multiple nodes together. In the example below ActiveGrid is highlighted, but so are two of the Board Members who both have relatively higher numbers of other board connections. None of the Investor Results are highlighted.
Below you can see the map created by clicking on the 'Relational Map' button at this point. With these entries highlighted the map will have three Target Nodes:
1) ActiveGrid as Company
2) Jean-Louis Gassee as a Board Member
3) Mitchell Kertzman as a Board Member
Map 5.b - Relational Map for ActiveGrid, Jean-Louis Gassee, and Mitchell Kertzman
The three selected target nodes are identifiable as enlarged nodes with thickened borders. Mitchell Kertzman's node is partially covered by the node for Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, but is still identifiable because of its size and border due to its Target Node status.
You have now seen how to select your Target Nodes from the Results Screen and create a new Map that features them. You can mix and match, and construct different network maps with any combination of Companies, Investors, and People in order to explore the relationships between nodes in which you are interested. Currently you are limited to selecting no more than 8 nodes to form a single network map, but apart from that restriction, your creativity is your only limit in constructing interesting and informative networks to explore.