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 ...

Webinar | Introducing QVC: Strategies from former executive, Martin Bispels.

By: CircleUp Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkBn6qpsYI4 About Webinar We’re excited to host former QVC VP of Business Development Martin Bispels this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT. Martin will share key insights with brands looking to sell on QVC. When Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT Where Register on Google+ Ask Questions! Have ...

Branding is Simple

 By: Maura Mitchell  Each week we share learnings and insights from experts in the consumer product and retail space. This guest editorial comes to us from Maura Mitchell. In 1999, Maura founded Brandology in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, she has become a trusted advisor, providing practical guidance that drives results for clients including Clif ...

Zero to One: The Story of Apex Ski Boots

 By: Jonathan Sandlund Zero to One is a series that explores the origin stories of entrepreneurs fundraising on CircleUp. Who are they? What inspired them? And what challenges did they face going from idea, to product, to market? From Zero to One. I’m joined this week by the founder and CEO Apex Ski Boots, Denny Hanson. Learn ...

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 ...

Looking to avoid startup headaches? The importance of peer networks.

 By: Diana Mercer Each year at Natural Products Expos East and West, New Hope Natural Media hosts more than 3,000 exhibiting brands who are attempting to chart a course toward success. Some are enthusiastic foodies, or avid supporters of organics, sustainability mavens, or have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease. All of the brands in the New Hope ...

The Evolution of Private Equity Markets: With 506(c), Private Offerings Go Public

 By: Lucas Huizar Not everyone knows it yet, but the world of startups and investing changed radically last year. That is when the JOBS Act of 2012 lifted a ban on communication that kept startup financing behind closed doors for over eighty years. 1933 – 2013: The Two-Tier System The JOBS Act is one of the largest changes ...

Is your brand ready for a part-time CFO?

 By: Shawn Jensen This editorial comes to us from Shawn Jensen, Partner at Moss Adams LLP. Shawn has been in public accounting since 1999, serving agricultural companies, food processors, wineries and vineyards, and manufacturers. His experience includes responsibility for all phases of audit and review engagement execution, assisting clients with technical accounting issues and the implementation ...

Private label? A Trader Joe’s veteran who’s launched 5,000 private label SKUs tunes in.

 By: Kim Greenfield Each week we share learnings and insights from experts in the consumer product and retail space. This guest editorial comes to us from Kim Greenfeld. Kim has over 20 years of product development and private label expertise, honing her craft in companies such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. As the Coordinator of ...

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When Convertible Notes Make Sense for Consumer Companies

Convertible notes seem to be all the rage for pre-revenue tech startups these days. Convertible notes (aka convertible debt or convertible loans) are a financing mechanism whereby a company raises debt capital from investors at time zero, with the ability for the investor to convert this debt into equity at a later date at a ...