How To Quickly Research An Unknown Company

By John Honovich, Published Jul 23, 2019, 11:37am EDT

There are hundreds of companies in the physical security markets, ranging from a flood of new startups to small companies that may or may not be secretly relabeling other companies products. How do you quickly figure out who a company is and what chances they have of success?

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In this guide, we explain how to do this, based on our experience analyzing hundreds of companies over the past decade, including:

  • Why starting with LinkedIn is the right approach
  • What 3 key elements to check for on LinkedIn
  • How to use a LinkedIn premium feature to show trends
  • Why and how to check physical addresses and phone numbers
  • How to check who owns the company's web domain
  • Why online company revenue estimators should be ignored
  • What are the best options for determining / finding revenue
  • How to analyze manufacturer revenue claims
  • What 2 key things to keep in mind when reading manufacturer websites
  • How to use employee reviews (both in the West and China)
  • How to use import records

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** ***************, * ************ *******, to ** *** ********. There *** **** **** services, ****************, *** ** **** found **** ** **** limited *** ***** ***********. ImportGenius *** **** ***** services **** **** ****** $100 ** ******** ** dollars *** *****. *******, one ******* ** ************ we **** ***** ** we *** ****** ** companies ** *****, ** e.g., **** ********* ***** * *** shipment ** ****** ******, ***., ** *** an *****.

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** **** *** **** ways ** ******** ********* over ****. ** *** have ********** *** ***** we ****** **** ** more ******** ** ***, please ***** ** *** comments.

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*****, ******* ************ *******, and ***** ****** ********* for **** **** ** record

**** ** **** ******* is *** ****** ** re ******** *** *********** of ******** ** **** alike ******** **** * slight ********** ** **** or *********** ************** 

*** **** *** ** what ** ***** *** the *********** ** ******** and ****** **** ****** differences ** ******* ** as *** ** **** exacqs ** ******** *** make *** ***** **** getting *** **** *****. 

 

********* *** ***** ******* are **** ******. * did *** ***** ** them ***** * *** focused **** ** ************* / ********** *** *** integrators *** ******* *********, those *** ********** **** relevant.

** *** ***** ******* for *********, * **** not ***** **** ** be ******* *** ************* / ********** ********* ** the ** ***** **** few ******* *** ********* included. 

****** *** *** ****! A *** ********:

  • ** ** ******** **** there ** * ****** company **** **** *** use ********? *********, *** not ***** **** *** favors ** *** ***** on *****, *** ** there **** * **** where * ******* **** good ******* ******'* **** a ******** *******?
  • *** ***** ** ******* companies *** ** ** a ******* ****** ******? How ***** ** ****** use ****** ** ****** for ********* ** *******? Can/has *** **** * big ****** ** ******* new *********?
  • **** ** ** ***-***** question: **/**** ********* **** made ********* ****** * linkedin *******? ***** *** be *********** **** ** not ** ****** ** use ****** *****/*** **** the *****.

** * ******* **** not ******** * ******** presence **** *** ** its ********* ***********, ** is *****

******** *** ***** ********* even ******* * ******* creating * ******* ****** based ** *** *** millions ** ********** ****** who **** ***** ******** (i.e., **** *** ***** that ** ***** ** LinkedProtestCo *** ** ******** now ***** ***************** ******).

** * ********* ******, I've *** ** *** any *********** ************ ** tech ********** **** * ******** *******. Integrators *** **-******* *** different, ********** ** **** have **** * ******* of *********.

* ***'* **** *** much ****** ******* ******* selection. ** **** *** seem **** ** *** a *** ******, *.*., I've ***** **** ****** say "* *** **** of ********* **** ******" or "****** ** * major ****** ** ** business". ** ********, ****** media ******* ** ** a **** ****** ******.

***** *** ** ********* that ******* ** *** most **** ****** ****** it *** *** ******** benefits ** ***** ********* and ******* ** ******* with ***** **** ******.

* ******** **** *** assessment **** ** * company **** *** ******** a ******** ******** **** all ** *** ********* represented, ** ** *****.  I ****** ** *** participate **** ******** ******, I **** **** ** is * ******** ****** to *** ***** ** information ** * ** not **** ***** ****** media *****.  * ** on *** ********* **** of ****** *** * view ******** ** ********* a **** *** *** sales ****.  **** ***** I ** ** *** company * **** *** demanded **** * *********** on ********?  ******** **** and *** ** **** out ** **'* **** legal *** ********* ** make **** *******.

** * ******* **** not ******** * ******** presencewith *** ** *** ********* represented, it is bogus [emphasis added]

**** ************* ** *****. No ******* *** '*** of *** ********* ***********'. The ***** ** ***** is * ******** **** of ********** ******* ********* on ******** **** **** virtually ***** ******* ** represented. **** ************** (**** with ******** **** *** not ** ********) ** more **** ****** ****** to *********** *** ***** / ***** ** *********.

*** **** ******* ***** are **** ********* ** the ******** ******** *** absolutely **** *** *** social *****.  ***** *** products **** **** ***** in *** ********** *****.

***** *** ******** **** only ***** ** *** classified *****

** *** ***** ****,*** *** *** * LinkedIn ******* ****:

*** ********, *** *** a **** ****** ** US ********** ********** ******* ** ****** ******** profile**** ~*,*** ********* ******:

** ** *****, * am *** ********** ***** people *** ********** ********** matters ** ******** *** companies ***** ********** **** and ***** ********* *** on ******** ** *********** numbers.

*******, *** *** ***'* disclosing...it ** **********.

* ****'* **** ** misrepresent **** *****, * was **** ******* *** I *********** ********** **** as "***** * *********, the ******* ** ****** not ********** ** ** an *****-***** *******" ** "A ******* ******* *** (LinkedIn *******) ** ****** to ** ************".  ** me, **** ****** **** if ********* ****** * company ** *** ****** to *********** **** * social ***** **** **** it ** ******* *** company ** **** ********** (which ******* * *** of ****** ** **** situation), ** ** ************ or *****.  *'* *** trying ** ** ********* about ****, *** * frankly ***** ***** ** way *** **** ***** put **** ********* **** these ****** ***** ***** are ****** ****** ** order ** **** ***** own *****.  ** *** are ********** ** ******* out **** ***** * company, ***** ***** *******, pick ** *** ***** and **** ****, ***** check ***** ***** ***, please ***'* **** **** the ******** ** ******* upon ****** ***** ** tell *** ****'* ***** and ****'* *****.

* ***** * ********** up ***:

Applies ** ************* *** Developers, *** *********** ** *********

****: **** ****** ******* to ************ *** **********, that ** ****** '********' products *** ****** ********. There *** ******* ******* requirements *** ***** ** do ****.

** ********, ***** *** small *********** *** ********* who *** *** ***** to **** *********** ******, including ********, ********. 

**** ****:

* ******* ***** ***** is *** *** **** stock *** **** ********* what ***** ****** ***** sites *** ****** ****** in ***** ** **** their *** *****. ** you *** ********** ** finding *** **** ***** a *******, ***** ***** website, **** ** *** phone *** **** ****, maybe ***** ***** ***** BBB

*'** **** ***** **** a **** *** **** lots ** *********. *'** pick ** *** ***** but * ** ***** steps *****. **** *** right **** ** ********** high ********** ** ***** and *** ***** **** makes *** **** **** likely ** ** ****** by * **** ***** pitch.

***** ***** ***** ***

*** ** *** ******** to ************* *** **********. Maybe **'* **** *** locals ******* *********.

*'* **** *** ** this ***, ******* ****** the ***** ** *** article ** ******** **** this ** ** ********* to ************* *** ********** instead ** **** "** Unknown *******".

******* ***** ** ** look ** ************** ** products **** ** ** or *** ** **** testing. *** *** *** manufacture ** ****** **. Often ** *** ******* is ** ***, ** will **** *** ****** manufacturer ** ***** ******** address. 

** **** ***'* **** these **************, *** *** them ******* **** ** is ******** *** * project. 

***** ****!  **** **** we **** ******* ** an *** ****** (** didn’t *** ** ******) that ** ** ****** to **** *** ********* we ****** *** ******* addresses **** ****** ** wanted **** ******** **** and *** *** ‘****** location’ ** *** ****** of *** *******.  *’** done **** ******** *** this ** * ****** practice ** ***** ****** into ************ *** **** multiple ******** *********.  *** simple ******* ** **** a ******* ****** ** friends ****** *** **** $50 * ***** *** report ** ****** (*******- google ** ********) **** new ********** ********.  ****** verifies *** ******* ** physically ******* ** ******** to **** ******** **** a ************ ****.  **** verification + *** ****** address ***** ************ ** search ******* ************ **** territory ********.

***, ******! ****'* ***********. I *** *** **** this *** ******** ** SEO ********. ******, *** that *** ********* **, a***** ****** ** '*** virtual ******'***** *** * ******, albeit *********, ******.

**** ** **** *** make **?

****,

** ***** - ***** good ****.  *'** **** chasing **** ***** ** information *** ******* *** have * *** ***** tips... *** *** * private *********, *** **** particular ***** ****'* **** far **** **** ****.  (I ****'* ******* ***. vetted *** ****-******** *******, so * ** ***** to **** ** *** that *** ** *** toolbox!)

* *** ***** ****** to ********* **** *** solvency: 

******** *****:  ***** ** ******* down *** ******* ******* as **** *********.  ****, **** at *** ******* *** with ****** ***** *** count *** ******* ******... or ** *** ******* in ******** ***** * suite ** ** ****** building, **** *** ****** realtor/rental ***** *** **** property *** *** *** cost *** ****** **** of ******* ***** ** the **** ********.

******* *** **** ****:  ***** LinkedIn, *** ** ** org ***** **** ***** (if *** **** ****) and ****** (** *** have ****); **** **** at *** ***** ********** market *** ****** ***, for *******, **** * "Senior ******** *********" ***** - *** **% ** the ****** ** *** a *** **** *** that ******.... **** ******, rinse, ******.  *** * pareto ************:  *** *** 20% ** *** *** chart ***** ** **% of *** ******. 

**** ** **********/********** (**********.***/***/**********) *** *** *********** (who/how ****, *** ****!)  You ***'* *** ******** debt/obligations ** **** ***** (though *** *** ******* the ********** *** ** personal **********, *** *** always *** ****** ** see *** **** ***** homes *** *****!) 

************ ********:  ** *** **, visit *** ** ****** and ********* ****** (*****.*****.***/********/***/******-****.****) *** *** ** the ******* (** **********) hold *** ******* ******* to *** *******/********.  (***** are ******* ***** ** other *********.)

****** ***** (*.*. *******.***) are ***** ** *** can *** ****** ** them:  ******* **** ******* boasting ** ***** ****** about "******* *** ** division ** ** ******* from $*** ** $***" to **** *** ******* shred ** ****.

*** *******, ****** (*** verb) *** ***** *** look (******) *** ****** and ******* ********.  ***** once *** * ******* privately **** ********** ******* which *** ****** ***** as * ****.  *******, after ** ********* ** looking, * ***** ***** HR **** ****** ** an ******* ***** ********* journal (********* ******* *** employee ******... *******!!) 

******* *** *** ***** comments - ******!!

***** *******, ***!!

 

 

 

 

****'* **** *****!

*** ***** ****:*** *** **** ******** counting **** ** ******* lots **** *****

**** *** ** ******* investments, *** ********* *** ******* *******. *****, **** *******'* listing (*.*.,****'* ***********) ***** **** ** RSS **** ****** ** you *** *** ********* updates ** *** ********, announcements, ***. *** ********, most ********* ** *** need ** **** **** the ***.

*'** ***** ********** **** rate ** ** ****** hard. *** ********* *** roughly ******** ******** ***** but ***** *** ***** costs (*.*., *********** ** marketing) **** *** ****** to ** (*.*., **** companies ***** ***** ******** in ****** ***********).

******* ***** **** ***** to ****, **** ******** premium ** ***** ** whatever **** **** **, there ** ** ****** to *** ****** *** job *******, ***** *** help *** ************* *** people ******* ** *******.

***** ********* & ******* template :)  

******: ***** * ******* on *********** ****** *******, e.g.:

******: **** ***** * section ***** ***** ***** searches ** **** ******* who ** ****** * company, *******:

** ** *******, ******** ******* ******* - Fever ********* ******, *** *******'* ********** is ***** ** **** and ** ***** ** actual ****** *** ******. However, ********** **** **** ***** via *******, ***** *********, ** reveals **** *** ****** who ********** **:

*** ***** * ***** do **** ** ******** and ** *** *******'* web **** ** ***** the **** **** ** Careers ****. ** ***** me ** **** **** skills **** *** ******* for *** **** ******** or ******** **** *** working **. * ******* with ** **** ********* can't ** ***** *** well.

******: *** **** ** no ****** (** ** the **** ******) ******** showing ******* *******, **** percentage ******. ** *** best ** ** *************, they *** *** ******** for ****** ** **** data ** **** ** their "***. **** ******* **** Pro".

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