Database101 – the firm set up by sacked Infogroup founder Vinod Gupta in 2010 – has opened ResearchUSA, a business dedicated to managing its parent’s proprietary business database. As part of the launch, the firm plans to hire 60 researchers for its new call center.
The ResearchUSA team, consisting of individuals who have worked with Database101 over the last two years to create the database, now plans to maintain and enhance the 14 million business listings as it hires new staff in the coming months. As well as including the business name, address and phone number; the database will also include a range of information such as the number of employees, sales volume, years in business, and other details gathered from firms’ web sites. It will also include e-mail addresses for millions of executives and small business owners.
John Ferris a former database executive at Infogroup, will lead the operations of ResearchUSA.
In November, Gupta filed a countersuit against his former firm, after Infogroup sued him for ‘illegal practices’ including theft of its database. Gupta denies all charges.