|Type||Privately held company|
|Industry||online data broker|
|Area served||United States|
|Key people||Robert Miller, CEO
Bryce Lane, President and COO
Derek Netelenbos, SVP of Sales and Service
Walter Turner, VP of Product Development
Eddie Lau, VP of Information Technology
|Services||background checks, identity theft protection|
Rob Miller worked as a private investigator for Intel Corporation, but he left in 1986 to start Confi-Chek. This was a privately held corporation that provided public records and investigative information to attorneys, private investigators and other licensed professionals. According to the website bizjournals.com, Confi-Chek only supplies public records to other businesses.
In 1999 Rob Miller founded PeopleFinders. The company's original business model was to establish strategic deals with partners such as Classmates.com, but by 2003 Miller expanded the company for the purpose of providing public records to members of the general public.
Products and services
PeopleFinders is largely a "People Search" company, providing individuals with various types of public records that will allow them to obtain contact information for most private citizens in the United States. In addition, PeopleFinders.com offers background checks, criminal records and a variety of other public records related to marriage, divorce, birth, death, bankruptcy, unclaimed money and property ownership. This data is collected from various sources, including government agencies, property records and other public records sources.
The PeopleFinders blog, which is titled Anyone, Anywhere, was launched in May 2009. This blog covers topics that are related to people searches, current events, and how to obtain background checks and other public record reports. Anyone, Anywhere typically publishes two blog entries per week; the first on Monday and the second on Thursday.
In 2008 PeopleFinders.com was noted for being one of the fastest growing internet based companies. Deloitte, an independent firm that provides audit and consulting services, listed the company as number 24 in the Technology Fast 50 for the Silicon Valley. This ranking was based on the amount of revenue growth the company experienced between 2003 and 2007. Mark Jensen, Managing Partner, National Venture Capital Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, stated that PeopleFinders was one of a very few companies to "accomplish such a fast growth rate over the past five years".
If one wishes to remove their information from the PeopleFinders database, they may do so online. The site features a “Manage Your Public Records” section that allows visitors to find their records and then remove them from the site. PeopleFinders no longer accepts opt out requests sent via mail or fax.