Using the Advanced Search Features
The Advanced Search screen allows you to search directly for Companies, Investors, and People using names or keywords. It also allows you to search indirectly according to attributes like rounds of capital raised, type of investor, how many boards a person is currently serving on, etc. These search fields can be used on their own or together. There are also Cross Filters that allow you to limit your results according to what they are connected to - for example, limit the matching investors according to the percentage of their investments in the biotech sector. Click on the image below to read a description of any search field and how it works.

Advanced Search Fields

Using Search Fields
Text Search Fields
Text search fields support 'OR' searches for multiple items by separating search terms by commas. For example, in the Keyword Search field you can enter multiple keywords separated by commas. For example, [wireless, internet, wimax] - and an 'OR' search will be performed that returns all results that match any of the search terms. Or in the Management Title search field you could enter multiple titles like [ceo, cto, vp]. You can also use partial terms. If you are not sure how to spell a name or word, enter a partial term and all matches will be returned. For example, if you want to do a Person Name search for Andy Bechtolsheim, you can enter [bechto] or any other partial entry into the Name Search field to try to find it.

Numeric Search Fields
Numeric search fields support hyphens to create ranges as well as commas to search for multiple number matches (but not inclusive ranges). Hyphens create inclusive ranges between numbers, for example, imagine these ranges in the Rounds of Capital field:
[2-5] = returns results that have raised 2 through 5 rounds (2,3,4, and 5 rounds)
[2-] = open ended range returns results that have raised 2 or more rounds
[3,5,7] = returns results that raised exactly 3, 5, and 7 rounds
[-4, 8] = combination returns results with 4 or less rounds raised, or exactly 8 rounds
The commas and hyphens function in this manner for number values, dates, dollar amounts - all of the numeric search fields.

Cross Filter Numeric Fields
Cross Filters work by limiting what you are searching for based on the attributes of its connections (for example, searching for a person and taking into account the types of companies he is connected to). The numeric fields in the Cross Filter sections contain the word 'auto' by default - the default settings apply the Cross Filters to return additional relevant results for you while not interfering with your search. If you want to implement your own Cross Filter limits, put your own number (or percentage by using the % symbol) in the appropriate Cross Filter field to require a minimum of that many (or that %) of connections. To better understand the Cross Filters, read the individual descriptions for Company, Investor, and Person Cross Filters below.

Home Tab
Click on the 'Home' Tab located above the Search fields to see the Home Search page. There are two types of Activity Searches on this page that allow you search for companies and investors based on recent funding events. Click here to learn more.

Company Search Fields
Company Name Search
Enter one name or multiple names (separated by commas) in this field to search for companies with matching names. You can also enter partial names if you're not sure of the spelling or, for example, want any company with the word 'wireless' in the name.

Keyword
Enter one or multiple keywords (separated by commas) to limit the results to companies whose descriptions include these keywords. This can be a very helpful way to search, but it often relies on the company's own description of itself (from its website, for example), and so there may be disparities between keywords you associate with a company, and keywords that they include in their own descriptions.

Sector
Select one or more industry sectors if you want to limit the results to companies that are in certain sectors. Hold down the 'Control' key to click on multiple sectors.

Type
There are three types of companies: Public, Private, and Acquired. By default, searches are performed for all three types, but if you know that you are only interested in certain types, you can remove the check mark from the boxes for the types you are not interested in.

Status
There are two types of Company Status: Active and Inactive. Inactive companies have been either acquired or gone out of business. By default, searches are performed only for Active companies. If you wish to search through all companies (including Inactive), then check the box for Inactive as well. If you want to search ONLY for Inactive companies, then check the box for Inactive and uncheck the box for Active.

Start Year
Use this field to limit the results according to the year in which the company was founded. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search in multiple years. For example:
[1994] = returns only companies started in 1994
[2002-] = returns companies started in 2002 or later
[-1999, 2004, 2007] = returns companies started in or before 1999, in 2004, or in 2007.

Rounds of Capital
Use this field to limit the results according to the number of rounds of capital that the companies have raised. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple amounts of rounds raised. For example:
[-4] = companies that have raised zero through four rounds of capital
[2,3] = companies that have raised 2 or 3 rounds of capital
[2, 4-] = companies that have raised exactly 2 rounds, or 4 or more rounds of capital

Total Capital
Use this field to limit the results according to the total amount of capital (in millions of dollars) that the companies have raised. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for different amounts of capital raised. For example:
[20.3] = companies that have raised exactly $20.3 million of capital
[13-30] = companies that have raised $13 through $30 million of capital
[-2] = companies that have raised from zero up to $2 million of capital

Date Last Funded
Use this field to limit the results according to the when the company received its last round of funding. This is a numeric field that uses dates, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple dates. You can also designate specific days (DD/MM/YYYY), or leave out the days and only indicate the month and year (MM/YYYY), or indicate only the year (YYYY). Important note: If you enter a date without a hyphen it will return only companies funded on that exact date, not from that date to the present. You must use a hyphen to create a range. For example:
[12/01/2006] = companies funded exactly on December 1st, 2006.
[12/01/2006-] = companies funded on or after December 1st, 2006.
[10/2004-4/2005] = companies last funded between Oct. 2004 through April 2005.

Number of Investors
Use this field to limit the results according to the number of investors who have invested in the companies you are searching for. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple numbers of investors in the companies. For example:
[10-] = companies that have 10 or more investors
[-3, 15-30] = companies that have 3 or fewer, OR 15 through 30 investors
[2, 5, 8] = companies that have exactly 2, exactly 5, or exactly 8 investors

Company Cross Filters
There are two company cross filter fields - one for the number of matching investors, and the other for the number of matching people (either on board or on management team). You can enter attributes in the Investor search fields (like selecting individual investors only) and/or in the Person search fields (like sitting currently on 8 or more boards). Once you have done that, enter in a number or a % in the Company cross filter fields for Investors and/or People. For example, if you put a 9 in the Company cross filter for Investors with the settings mentioned above, then only companies with at least 9 individual investors will be returned. If you put a 10% in the Company cross filter for People with the settings mentioned above, then only companies that have at least 10% of their board members who currently sit on 8 or more boards will be returned.

Investor Search Fields
Investor Name Search
Enter one name or multiple names (separated by commas) in this field to search for investors with matching names. You can also enter partial names if you're not sure of the spelling or, for example, want any investor with the word 'bridge' in the name.

Type
There are three types of investors: Corporate, Venture Capital, and Individual. By default, searches are performed for all three types, but if you know that you are only interested in certain types, you can remove the check mark from the boxes for the types you are not interested in.

Number of Investments
Use this field to limit the results according to the number of investments made. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple numbers of investments. For example:
[100-] = investors that have 100 or more investments
[-30, 200-] = investors that have 30 or fewer, or 200 or more investments
[10, 47, 280] = investors that have exactly 10, exactly 47, or exactly 280 investments

Investor Cross Filters
There is only one Investor cross filter field - for matching Companies. First you must fill in some attributes in the company search fields that you would like the investments to match (like over $100 million total capital raised, or a date last funded, etc.). Then you can enter a number or a % in the Investor cross filter field. For example, if you put a 9 in the Investor cross filter with the setting mentioned above, then only investors with at least 9 investments with over $100 million of total capital raised each will be returned. If you put a 10% in the cross filter for the same settings, then only investors that have at least 10% of their investments with over $100 million of total capital raised will be returned.

People Search Fields
Person Name Search
Enter one name or multiple names (separated by commas) in this field to search for investors with matching names. You can also enter partial names if you're not sure of the spelling. Important note: If the person you are searching for has a relatively distinctive first or last name, it is often better to only enter one of them rather than both. For example, if a person's first name is Tom, you may not know if his name in the database is Tom, Tommy, Thomas, etc., and so entering only the last name saves you from that problem.

School Name
Enter the name, or multiple names separated by commas, of the universities you want you resulting matches to have attended.

Degree Type
Select one or more of the degree types to limit the results only to people with those degrees. Hold down the 'Control' button as you click to select multiple degree types.

Board Membership Type
There are three types of Board Membership: Outside board, Advisory board, or Board Observer. By default, LinkSViewer will search across all three types of Board Memberships. However, if you would like to remove one or more membership type you can uncheck the checkboxes.

Board Status
There are two types of Board Status: Current and Former. Current board members are currently serving on the board a given company. Former board members used to, but are no longer serving on the board of a given company. A person can be a current board member on one (or more) company, and a Former board member on another (or more) company at the same time.

Number of Boards
Use this field to limit the results according to the number of total boards that a person has served on (either currently or in the past). This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple numbers of boards served on. For example:
[10-] = people that have served on 10 or more total boards
[-3, 20-] = people that have served on 3 or fewer, or 20 or more total boards
[10, 11, 14] = people who have served on exactly 10, 11, or 14 total boards

Number of Current Boards
Use this field to limit the results according to the number of boards that a person is currently serving on. This is a numeric field, so you can use hyphens and commas to create ranges or search for multiple numbers of current boards. For example:
[10-] = people that are currently serving on 10 or more boards
[-3, 10-13] = people that are currently serving on 3 or fewer, or 10 through 13 boards
[10, 11, 14] = people who are currently serving on exactly 10, 11, or 14 boards

Management Status
There are two types of Management Status: Current and Former. Current management team members are currently serving on the management team of a given company. Former management team members used to, but are no longer serving on the management team of a given company. A person can be a current member of one management team and a Former member of another management team at the same time.

Management Position Title
You can enter any (or multiple separated by commas) of the standard management title abbreviations here (cto, ceo, vp, etc.) as well as modifiers like 'marketing' or 'sales' for example, for the types of VP to limit the search results to people with those titles in their profile. You will have to examine the individual profiles to see if that title is for their current position or a former position.

Region
Some, but not all, of the management team positions apply to specific regions. You can try to search within specific regions, but not everyone's profile includes this information, so you should not consider it an exhaustive search method. However, for those who have included this information, it can still be helpful if it applies to your search.

Work Experience
Experience refers to former employment that an individual has in his or her profile below the board or management team level. This allows you to search for board and management team members based on where they came from, where they started, etc., rather than where they are currently serving on the board or management team.

Person Cross Filters
There is only one Person cross filter field - for matching Companies. First you must fill in some attributes in the company search fields that you would like the investments to match (like over $100 million total capital raised, or a date last funded, etc.). Then you can enter a number or a % in the Person cross filter field. For example, if you put a 9 in the Person cross filter with the setting mentioned above, then only people with at least 9 board or management positions with companies that have raised over $100 million of total capital each will be returned. If you put a 10% in the cross filter for the same settings, then only people with at least 10% of their board and management positions at companies with over $100 million of total capital raised will be returned.