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FlyKly: A Hardware Startup That’s Making the Future of Commuting Bike Friendly

Niko Klansek is from a family of entrepreneurs. “My grandfather, grandmother, mother, uncle — everybody owned their own businesses,” he says. As a kid, though, Klansek was more interested in basketball. He played for the National Team of Slovenia (where he grew up) and it was a basketball scholarship that first brought him to the ...

Cream of the Crop: Smári Organics is Using a Thousand Year Old Yogurt to Revolutionize Healthy Eating

Yogurt may have originated as a way of preserving milk, but today its appeal is about fast, easy nutrition. Packed with protein and calcium, the cultured dairy product is big business, with Euromonitor recently estimating the 2014 US yogurt market to be over $8 billion and growing. But not all brands are alike. Smári Organics has tackled ...

The Tax Advantages of Investing in Private Equity with your IRA

 By: Christopher Orr  This guest editorial comes to us from Christopher Orr, Director of Institutional Products at PENSCO Trust. PENSCO is a leading alternative asset custodian, with more than two decades of expertise in holding private equity, real estate, notes, and other non-exchange traded assets. The world of private equity isn’t quite as private anymore. Equity ...

How Mia Melon Has Fused Function With Fashion to Evolve the Humble Fashion Coat

When Mia Melon’s CEO, Todd Listwin, joined Mia Melon the company was making women’s apparel. The company was doing OK, but not great. Listwin wanted to change things up, to make a splash. Drawing on his experience in snowboarding apparel, he took Mia Melon’s flagship fashion jackets, made them weatherproof, and began marketing to a ...

Fully Funded: What’s Next for Rooibee Red Tea, The Louisville Beverage Startup That’s Taking On Childhood Obesity

By: CircleUp Rooibee Red Tea recently finished a successful funding round on CircleUp, raising an impressive two million dollars in growth funding. They also landed a co-packer in the process. “He was on board immediately,” says Heather Howell, Rooibee Red’s CEO, says of their new production partner. “He told me he’s been buying Rooibee Red ...

Don’t Ask For Permission: How One Entrepreneur Is Disrupting The World Of Fashion With Compassion

By: CircleUp Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart started out in ethical fashion at the age of ten, when she sold her first t-shirt design: Being Cruel isn’t Cool. “That was the year I lost all my friends,” she says. “All I was interested in was animal rights and social justice. No one understood why I cared so ...

No Small Feat: How Morgan & Milo Is Reimagining Children’s Apparel

By: CircleUp How does someone with a degree in economics and aspirations of medicine end up building the one of the most unique lines of children footwear in the market today? Mia Abbruzzese was born in Swampscott, a small town on the outskirts of Boston, “which lends itself to the background of the branding of ...

The State of the Food Industry: Five Questions Investors Are Asking

 By: Nicholas Fereday This guest post comes to us from Nicholas Fereday. Nicholas covers Food and Consumer trends as Vice President, Global Senior Analyst at Rabobank International. Rabobank recently attended the CAGNY (Consumer Analyst Group of New York) conference in Boca Raton, FL. This annual jamboree is where food and beverage companies line up under the palm ...

CircleUp Alum The Orange Chef Co. Featured by eBay

By: CircleUp CircleUp Alum, The Orange Chef Co, was selected by eBay for its Entrepreneur at Ebay series. Founder, Santiago Merea, shared his story of following his passion, starting a family, and growing a new business. All at the same time.

Meet Urbio: How a Product for Garden-Loving Designers Turned into a Flexible Storage System for Everyone

By: CircleUp A design company first, Urbio’s original, signature product was designed to be a vertical, indoor gardening system. Created by designers, for designers, living in small, urban spaces, the system launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Within 5 weeks backers committed $77,000—more than 400% of Urbio’s original goal. Here’s where things got interesting. ...