We are used to learning the pertinent details of the latest funding rounds at startups via CrunchBase---so it is a strange twist to see CrunchBase's own funding round this week on its own data platform. AOL has announced that is spinning out Crunchbase as an independent company, hoping new independence and investment will give CrunchBase a more solid footing to develop its business in enterprise data. Currently, the site boosts an impressive 2 million unique visitors per month and it has grown by approximately 50 percent YoY. As part of the spinout, the San Francisco based startup discovery platform has raised a $7m Series A led by Emergence Capital Partners.