Ryan Caldbeck

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Building the Future of Private Investing: Introducing CircleUp Growth Partners

Today we are extremely proud to announce the creation of a new, first-of-its-kind venture capital fund: CircleUp Growth Partners. CircleUp Growth Partners is an early-stage consumer fund with a scalable, data-driven approach to investing in visionary entrepreneurs and products. It’s time for change Technology has transformed nearly every type of enterprise in recent years — ...

Helio: Where does the data come from?

Earlier this year, we introduced our machine learning platform Helio to the world. We’ve been building Helio for years, so we were thrilled to finally be able to talk about it publicly.  Since that introduction, we’ve published a wide variety of different insights powered by Helio on everything from fashion to food to product reviews. ...

Why Automation is the Future of Private Investing

There is no question that systematic investing plays an important role in the public equities markets: Quant trading strategies now encompass 27% of all U.S. stock trades by investors, up from 14% in 2013. Even investors who have become well known for taking a traditionalist approach, such as Bill Miller and Paul Tudor Jones, now rely on artificial intelligence ...

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?

CircleUp25: The Most Innovative Consumer And Retail Brands Of 2017

Self-driving cars, quantum computing and virtual reality may dominate most of business news headlines—but at CircleUp, we believe strongly that some of the most exciting innovation is occurring in the consumer industry. That is why each year, we host CircleUp25, our awards recognizing the most innovative consumer and retail brands. CircleUp25 shines the light on the brands improving some of ...

The Product Launch Fallacy of Big CPGs

It’s no secret that the largest, oldest CPG brands haven’t innovated at the pace they should have. New CircleUp data released here illustrates how big brands have fallen behind. Pepsi soda, Kitkat bars, and Clorox cleaner are decades, near-centuries old, and still have largely unchanged formulas. Just imagine if giants in other industries changed at ...

Announcing The Launch of Helio

CircleUp exists to help promising entrepreneurs raise capital and sophisticated investors invest in breakthrough brands with confidence and efficiency on both sides. Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve been challenging private equity norms by revolutionizing manual company sourcing and vetting with a technology-driven private marketplace. The ability to standardize and extract deep insights ...

Innovation In Consumer And Retail: What Drives Disruption

One of the biggest sectors of the economy today is going through massive disruption through innovation. This isn’t something to be taken lightly. I don’t mean banking and fintech; it’s not Detroit and electric cars; it’s not even media and online streaming. It is so pervasive that many people seem to forget it even exists, ...

CircleUp25: The 25 Most Innovative Consumer Brands of 2016

It’s rare when one of the biggest sectors of our economy experiences massive change. The change is so pervasive, it can sometimes fly under the radar since it’s constantly happening right under our noses. Consumer and retail is seeing tremendous innovation, and it has once-dominant, big industry players stumbling. CircleUp25 recognizes trailblazers leading this innovation. Previous ...

How to Close Your Funding Round

This post features an essential closing checklist, downloadable and printable here, which we helped create for entrepreneurs to guide and monitor fundraising periods. Fundraising is really hard to do, no matter how attractive the company. It is especially hard in for emerging consumer and retail brands, where there’s no centralized network surfacing the most promising ...