The Up Round

When Will the Robots Take Over Venture Capital?

In public market investing, the robots have taken over -- and in many ways, that’s a good thing. When will private company investing follow suit?


Ryan Caldbeck Founder and CEO | CircleUp

Before he founded CircleUp, Ryan Caldbeck worked in consumer product and retail-focused private equity at TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. His experience in private equity exposed him to many great consumer and retail businesses that were too small to obtain funding through the customary private equity channels. As a result, he decided to make funding available to these small and promising companies through CircleUp.


Raising Money + Lessons from 1000 Founders – Steven of CircleUp

For Steven, it's all about patterns. He has spoken to over 1,000 founders and has developed a sense for which startups are going to flourish.


CircleUp Platform | CircleUp

CircleUp is a technology company that provides capital to innovative early-stage consumer brands and opportunities for leading investors to participate in their growth.


The ROI of Surprise and Delight

In a zeitgeist characterized by widespread corporate skepticism, humanizing, personal touches separate the top companies. Outstanding firms embrace the connection between surprise and value and instill it as part of their cultures. 


Ryan Williams None | None

After graduating with honors degrees in English Literature and Economics from New York University, Ryan entered Houlihan Lokey, the leading M&A advisor for U.S. consumer, food & retail transactions under $1 billion, as an Investment Banking Analyst before joining Techstars, a startup accelerator and venture capital firm, as an Associate. He subsequently lead Finance and Operations for PANATEA, a leading matcha tea brand and currently works with 2-4 food and beverage startups at any given time, providing financial modeling and operational support. 


CircleUp25: The Most Innovative Consumer And Retail Brands Of 2017

CircleUp25 shines light on the brands improving the most personal and important part of our lives.


Ryan Caldbeck Founder and CEO | CircleUp

Before he founded CircleUp, Ryan Caldbeck worked in consumer product and retail-focused private equity at TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. His experience in private equity exposed him to many great consumer and retail businesses that were too small to obtain funding through the customary private equity channels. As a result, he decided to make funding available to these small and promising companies through CircleUp.


Why Bear Naked is Letting People Build Their Own Granola

We're living in an age of personalization: we can do our grocery shopping at midnight in our pajamas from our couches. We can tailor our browsing experiences so we're only seeing products that appeal to us. It's only natural that brands are using it to get closer to their customers.


CircleUp Platform | CircleUp

CircleUp is a technology company that provides capital to innovative early-stage consumer brands and opportunities for leading investors to participate in their growth.