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

Entity Resolution – The Foundation of Helio

By Raquel Rodriguez & Ryan Munro – Machine Learning Engineers  Since inception, CircleUp has taken on a meaty technical challenge that we call entity resolution – sounds boring right? It’s not. Entity resolution is the process of distinguishing between unique brands or “entities” and accurately assigning data from dispersed sources to each brand. But the ...

Shared Ingredients in Common Household Products [Infographic]

In a world that’s becoming increasingly health conscious, it can still be surprisingly difficult to know the ingredients in the products we use on a daily basis. Our machine learning platform Helio can analyze millions of products at once, so we thought it would be interesting to look at the shared ingredients of common household ...

Research and Development Spending: Tech Vs Consumer [Infographic]

Big consumer companies are slow to adapt to changing consumer tastes because they spend so little on researching what those tastes are. More investment in R&D could actually save Big CPG a lot of money in the long run because it could keep them from having to pay hundreds of millions to acquire upstart consumer ...

Helio Can Now Predict Future Product Distribution

By Arvind Ganesan and William Dowling  For a consumer brand that is sold offline, the number of doors it is sold in matters a lot.  The more doors, the more exposure a brand has and the greater opportunity it has to sell its products to customers.  If a brand is gaining doors, it’s generally a ...

Consumers Read Product Labels…Investors Should Too

By William Dowling and Jake Cabala  Today’s consumers care deeply about the ingredients and composition of the products they buy.  This is especially true in the health and beauty sector where over half of women carefully read ingredients of beauty products before deciding whether or not to purchase them.  While in some categories consumers scan ...

Why Kettle & Fire Chose CircleUp Credit Advisors

By Justin Mares, Founder of Kettle & Fire When business owners think of taking on capital to grow their business, one obvious choice is equity. Equity raises are celebrated in the news, often mean the involvement of a strategic partner, and offer the opportunity to assert a new valuation for the company. It’s exciting, but ...

What Wins in the Beverage Sector

In an increasingly competitive environment, what makes a beverage brand win?

Forget Designer. In Fashion, Fresh and Modern Win the Branding Game

When most of us think about fashion, the brands that come to mind are often the designer or premium ones: the Ralph Laurens or Louboutins of the world.  And while some companies in this space certainly have prominent images, the real leaders in today’s fashion branding game may come as a surprise.   Using our ...

Why I Joined CircleUp

Simply put, I wanted to be part of something that nobody else has done before.

The (Sometimes Surprising) Ingredients Linked To Food Product Success

Using Helio, we performed analyses across a variety of food and beverage brands to see which individual ingredients may ultimately be to linked to a product’s popularity.