Category: Fundraising

Rumpl: How To Raise Equity Capital For Your Consumer Business

The idea for Rumpl came about on an ill-fated ski trip in 2014. As longtime friends Nick Polinko and Wylie Robinson burrowed down into their sleeping bags they tossed around a simple idea: Why don’t companies use the materials in sleeping bags for bedding? The high-grade nylon and extra warm synthetic down used in sleeping ...

The Angel Investor’s Guide to Investing in Food

 By: Sara Hillstrom Investments in small, innovative food companies can be quite lucrative. These firms have attracted the attention of larger Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) organizations that are on a quest for innovation, and paying substantial multiples to get it. Packaged food and beverage is a steady, countercyclical, low single-digit growth, $368B[1] industry. It is also ...

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On Valuation: “Beware the Post Money Trap”

 By: Albert Wenger  This post originally appeared on Albert Wenger’s blog and is being reprinted with his permission. Albert is a partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a New York-based early stage VC firm focused on investing in disruptive networks. In the current valuation environment many entrepreneurs seem to believe that only two numbers matter in a financing: ...

CircleUp Funded: Whole Life Pets’ Pursuit of the Highest Quality, Best Tasting, Safest Pet Treats on Earth.

By: CircleUp John Gigliotti was in the pet food business as a retailer long before the devastating pet food recalls of 2007; but it was those horrifying recalls that motivated him to act. He realized that while options were long in the pet food business, trust was short; pet owners yearned for a transparent and ...

The Goodwell Company: Cleaning up (and open-sourcing) the $5BN oral care industry

By: CircleUp What’s a product that the majority of people use every day, that can be made more sustainable and environmentally friendly? The founders of The Goodwell Company, Patrick Triato and Aaron Feiger, asked themselves this question as they ruminated over their next business venture. The answer they came to: the humble toothbrush. Oral care is ...

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 ...

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A Comparison of Rule 506(b) and 506(c) Offerings

 By: Lucas Huizar  Following up on last week’s post on the origin of Rule 506(c), I’d like to speak to one of the most common questions I receive regarding publicly advertised 506(c) offerings from issuers, their counsel, and investors. How is it different from Rule 506(b)? The chart below covers a few of the differences between 506(b) ...

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Webinar | Inside the Minds of Angel Investors

Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT Overview Raising capital? Join CircleUp’s Business Development Manager and former private equity investor, Katie Fitzgerald, this Tuesday, December 9th at 11AM PT to learn more about the process of fundraising from angel investors. Katie will cover four key topics: Introduction to CircleUp What investors look for Decoding common diligence topics ...

How The Coca-Cola Company’s Internal Venture Capital Group Is Fueling Disruption in Consumer Products

By: CircleUp This week’s post is a Q&A with Coca-Cola’s internal venture group, VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands). As we continue to explore issues of crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and disruptive forms of finance, I thought hearing from the venture group of a world class consumer brand would be interesting. As an investor and entrepreneur, I think ...

Early Stage Markets — The (Unsurprising) Correlation Between Size and Performance

Anyone who says that size does not hurt investment performance is selling. The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. — Warren Buffett ...