Category: Helio

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 ...

CircleUp at Grace Hopper: The Degree of Interpretability in ML depending on your Problem Space

Earlier this year, we hinted that our Product Manager, Malavica Sridhar, was presenting at the annual Grace Hopper conference this fall in Houston, TX. The following is adapted from her presentation. Introduction: Why Interpretability Matters At CircleUp, our goal is to systematize early-stage private-market investing. In other words, we’d like to use data to efficiently, ...

The Data Advantage – Moats, Tigers, and Truffles

CircleUp has spent the last six years building a data moat – a vast pool of data that prevents others from invading. Data is our primary asset and is the backbone of the machine learning platform we call Helio. But these days there is nothing unique about collecting and storing absurd quantities of data. “Voluminous” ...

Building A Robust Data Pipeline – A CircleUp Capability

In my time at CircleUp I’ve seen tremendous transformation. I’ve seen the construction of our data pipelines from the ground up and I’ve watched us evolve into a data-obsessed organization – from ingesting megabytes to gigabytes to terabytes of data, from a single schema-on-write Postgres database to a schema-on-read data lake in S3. CircleUp’s key ...

Craft Cider Is on the Rise in the US. Why Is No One Talking About It?

I attended graduate school across the pond in England. In addition to quickly picking up on the differences between American and British humor, Californian vs English weather, and left vs right side of the road, another difference I noticed during my time abroad was how much more prolific cider is in the UK than it ...

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 ...

CircleUp25 Data Dive: Skincare Good Enough to Eat – Credo, Youth to the People, Herbivore

By William Dowling and Samara Flug Looking at the ingredients of Youth to the People’s moisture cream or their face oil can feel a bit like staring up at the menu of a smoothie bar.  The Superberry Hydrating oil, made up of maqui berry, acai, prickly pear and goji, sounds refreshingly sweet while the kale ...

Using Data Science to Test Investing Hypotheses – A CircleUp Capability

Some believe that AI alone will solve age old problems – that enthusiast who watches every single show Netflix recommends. Others trust their own judgement over the recommendation of machines – that cab driver that takes a “secret shortcut” even though Google Maps tells him/her it’s slower. At CircleUp, we believe that it’s the combination ...

CircleUp25 Data Dive: The rise of plant-based family favorites

What do zucchini, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and peas have in common? These vegetables have taken on new forms, from baby food to pizza, pasta, and burgers, to make this year’s list of CircleUp25 winners for the innovative ways they bring fresh produce and vegetables to commonplace family staples. As plant-based products have continued to capture ...