Category: Leadership

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 ...

In Praise of the Moonshot

Consumers are hungry for innovation. Disruptive innovation. That means more than simply labeling an old product “All Natural.” Making a product natural or organic is often a great thing, but not disruptive innovation. Here’s a story. In 2010, passing through the Denver airport, I stopped to eat. Four years later, I’m still telling people about ...

While Silicon Valley Screams Tech, We Say Consumer. Here’s Why.

“Why are you focusing only on consumer product and retail companies at CircleUp—won’t your investors miss out on the next Twitter or LinkedIn?” Alas, living in Silicon Valley, I hear this question often. Here, tech investing isn’t a sub-category of early-stage investing—it is early stage investing. The numbers don’t lie: according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ and the ...

3 Consumer and Retail Trends to Watch in 2015

At CircleUp we’re fortunate to sit at the intersection of private equity investing and data. This provides us with exceptionally rich insight into what’s happening in the private markets. We capture metrics and indicators from thousands of consumer and retail companies that apply to join the CircleUp platform, as well as activity data from the ...

Time for a snack? M&A in snack food category heats up.

 By: Dan Gross Each week we share insights from experienced operators and investors in consumer and retail. This article comes to us from consumer products investor extraordinaire, Dan Gross. Dan Gross is a VP at Encore Consumer Capital. The snack market is alive and kicking. Last week, General Mills announced it was acquiring Food Should Taste Good, ...

CircleUp Insights: Investing in the Pet industry

This week I was at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL, the pet industry’s largest trade show each year with seven thousand attendees. The buzz at the show, and the performance of the companies he talked with, continued to reflect the strong growth of the industry. In particular, alternative format dog food companies are seeing incredible ...