July 14, 2005 14:34 ET, Inc. Acquires MindBranch, Inc. -- Expands Content, Presence in Asia

ROCKVILLE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 14, 2005 --, Inc, the leading source of market research reports and services, today acquired MindBranch, Inc., its chief competitor in the market research report aggregation space.

"This is a huge strategic step for us," said Rob Granader, CEO of "We're getting talented people and a quality service."

Granader said the deal "will help us to dramatically expand and improve our offering for both of our key customer groups: our publishers and our research purchasers. Our publishers benefit from a greatly expanded sales and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia."

"Our research buyers," Granader added, "will quickly benefit from a significantly expanded portfolio of research publishers and a larger worldwide presence. In terms of customer experience, the transition should be seamless. Current customers of each company will be given the opportunity to take advantage of new products and services over time."

"We share the same goal of providing the business community with the most extensive database of market research," said Arik Keller, President of MindBranch. "Together, we'll continue to lead the industry by providing customers with objective market intelligence, and the technology to easily find, buy, and manage that intelligence."

The combined company represents a 40% increase in research content for and adds offices in North Adams, MA, and Seoul, South Korea. existing offices are in New York City, Rockville, MD, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The acquisition includes MindBranch's US operations and a majority ownership of MindBranch Asia-Pacific. Financial terms were not disclosed.

About, Inc. was founded in June 1998 by Robert Granader, and is the leading provider of global business intelligence on markets, industries, and companies. helps professionals stay ahead of global and country specific market developments and trends with expert data and analysis. In addition to hosting reports from over 370 publishers, also has three publishing divisions: Packaged Facts, Kalorama Information, and Specialists in Business Information.

About MindBranch

Since 1992, MindBranch, Inc. has been a leading source for market research covering over 130 sectors. Companies turn to MindBranch for in-depth industry research, global business information and independent equity analysis.

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