CircleUp’s Women in Tech Compilation

The Grace Hopper Celebration is an annual 3-day event celebrating women in technology. It is a really big deal – the world’s largest gathering of women technologists which sells out in a matter of minutes. It presents topics including FinTech, ML, VR, IoT, HCI, and hardware and explores the ways in which women fit into said industries. ...

Using Helio to Identify the Best Wine Regions in the Country

Summer’s here which means so are long weekend trips to wine country. Most of us have our favorite types of wines and our favorite wine regions. Here in San Francisco, a lot of folks will take the drive out to Napa while others argue that Sonoma is superior. Others point to wineries in Washington, or ...

The Future of Private Investing Part IV: How systematic investing will help entrepreneurs

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 By William Dowling and Jonathan Scherr In the world of early-stage investing, sometimes it’s easy for investors to get caught up in the details of LTM revenue, gross ...

TRIBALÍ Foods Continues Growth With CircleUp Credit Advisors

TRIBALÍ Foods was founded on the principles of making what we eat healthier, more convenient, and delicious. Today, TRIBALÍ Foods seeks and sources 100% organic high-quality animal meats — from grass fed and grass finished beef to free-range chicken — to create flavorful, versatile, and nutrient-dense centerpieces for wholesome, satisfying meals. Capturing exciting taste profiles ...

The Future of Private Investing Part III: Supporting the ecosystem of consumer investing

Part I: Why we want to build a systematic investing strategy Part II: The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale When we first wrote about the future of private investing, we discussed how systematic investing benefits founders and investors through the efficiency and scalability that comes from such a strategy. We opened our ongoing ...

Data Science Update – The Ingredients of a Good Product Model

We built our machine learning platform Helio to evaluate consumer brands across an array of different dimensions, and we’ve gotten pretty darn good at doing that. We can look at the branding, financials, distribution and other factors to assess the attractiveness of a certain company as an investment. But ultimately a great company is made ...

Brand Model: How Helio Quantifies the Seemingly Unquantifiable

By Arvind Ganesan and William Dowling  In a world where consumers have access to an ever-growing variety of products, it can be increasingly difficult for products to stand out. A good brand, which has traditionally been one of the ways for a product to win over competitors, has become more important than ever before. In ...

Probabilistic Private Investing – How a tiny information advantage can help amplify returns

At CircleUp, we’re re-imagining the mechanics of investing in early-stage companies through the use of Helio, our machine learning platform. As part of that paradigm shift, we like to think about early- stage investing probabilistically much as investors in public markets have done for decades. In what follows, I’d like to use a bit of ...

A Working Capital Solution for the Next Generation of Brands

Introducing our credit offering for direct-to-consumer, e-commerce, and subscription companies We launched CircleUp Credit Advisors last July and since then have originated over $40 million in credit to consumer product companies and small businesses. Something we’re always focused on here at CircleUp Credit Advisors is how to innovate and grow alongside our entrepreneurs to continue ...

The Future of Private Investing Part II: The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale

By William Dowling and Jonathan Scherr  In Part 1 of this series we discussed why we will launch a systematic fund and briefly mentioned a few of the many challenges we anticipate having to overcome in this endeavor. In this post and in posts over the course of the coming months, we will unpack some of ...