Category: Equity

The Cleanwashing of Clean Beauty

I recently covered clean beauty branding and the ambiguity associated with how clean beauty brands market themselves. Front label messaging associated with the word “clean” can be unclear, which suggests that the lists of both ingredients and non-ingredients (e.g., parabens, sulfates, phthalates) matter. I’d ask what specific ingredients give meaning to the term clean. Are ...

Defining Clean Beauty: Beyond the Branding

On the back label of beautifully packaged faces, behind the concealer of marketing jargon, what does clean beauty mean? Combing through the marketing jargon using CircleUp’s machine learning technology, Helio, we’ve identified the most common terms used to describe clean beauty products. Initially, we focused on the skincare sector for the purposes of narrowing in on ...

Welcome Peach––making the side-hustle work for women

To help women thrive. That’s the mission of Peach, a direct sales, lifestyle apparel brand focused specifically on contemporary athleisure and it’s a big part of the reason that CircleUp Growth Partners made an investment in the business. We are thrilled to welcome Janet Kraus (CEO), Derek Ohly (COO) and the entire Peach team to ...

Welcome Cali’flour Foods –– the better-for-you and grain-free pizza

There’s a lot of confusion today about what “better-for-you” means. Is it low carb? High protein? Low calorie? Low sugar? Grain-free? And, the question of “does it taste good?” is often an afterthought. It’s not easy to come across a product that has a quantifiably better nutrition profile and is known for its taste. When ...

Welcome The Good Crisp Company––the guilt-free stacked chips

Originally hailing from Australia, The Good Crisp Companyhas reimagined the classic canister stacked chip and is now winning over the American consumer with their guilt-free and great tasting potato chips. Earlier this year, we announced our investment in the company and today we wanted to share why we were most excited by the opportunity. An ...

Welcome Fort Point–– the perfect brew for any occasion

Founded by brothers Justin and Tyler Catalana, Fort Point Beer Company is a San Francisco-based craft brewery made up of people who believe the simple things in life can be a whole lot better. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Fort Point and have made an investment in the company. ...

Why We Invested in Heyday

We are thrilled to announce our recent investment in Heyday. Founded by Adam Ross and Michael Pollak in 2015, Heyday is a skincare services platform that provides customers personalized facial treatments, curated product recommendations, and expert advice. Heyday delivers a new model: an omnichannel solution, made up of physical locations for in-person facial services as ...

Why We Invested in Pop & Bottle

We are excited to announce our investment in Pop & Bottle. Founded by Blair Fletcher and Jash Mehta and based in San Francisco, Pop & Bottle manufactures plant-rich ready to drink superfood lattes. Consumers are drawn to the creamy smooth texture and the all-natural organic ingredients including almonds, dates, turmeric, and cacao. Even more notable ...

The Future of Private Investing Part V: Getting the deal done – from outreach to close

Part I: Why we want to build a systematic investing strategy Part II:  The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale Part III: Other investors in the ecosystem Part IV: How systematic investing will help entrepreneurs Part V: Getting the deal done – from outreach to close  For many founders, the sheer amount of time ...

Why We Invested in Liquid I.V.

The beauty of Helio, our proprietary machine learning platform, is its versatility in generating valuable findings at the company and category levels which we can use to source the next breakout brand or key strategic insight. Sometimes that approach can be very nuanced and granular, but sometimes we simply ask Helio for a shortlist of ...