Tag: Leadership

Why Early-Stage Consumer Entrepreneurs Are Having More Success Fundraising

Companies that sell food, clothes and packaged goods are less profitable than companies pushing software and online services, right? Not exactly. Saar Gur, a general partner at Charles River Ventures, a multi-billion technology venture capital fund, recently published detailed research challenging conventional wisdom about the potential for consumer product companies. Gur’s research (reproduced with expressed ...

Our Data-Driven Approach to Marketplace Investing

By: Ryan Caldbeck Read more about the Classifier in the Wall Street Journal. Today we’re announcing the Classifier, our data-driven approach to Marketplace Investing. Over the past 19 months, we have created a machine-learning algorithm that automatically evaluates companies on an average of over 92,000 data points, each, before they are accepted onto CircleUp. Since we started ...

Ask a CFO: Grant Burton of Watershot on the Ever-Changing World of Fundraising

By: CircleUp It’s the same old story: operations and finance guy moves to California; gets entrepreneurial bug; and leaves corporate job to work on startups. Except Grant Burton didn’t quit his job the moment he landed in California. Instead, he says, it took years to convince him to make the leap from a steady job ...

REBBL: Why The Former CEO Of Clif Bar Is Introducing Americans To Adaptogen Herbs And Taking On Human Trafficking

Sheryl O’Loughlin thought she was done being a CEO. After a long, successful run leading Clif Bar and then co-founding, running, and selling Plum Organics, O’Loughlin was settling into a quieter life. “The plan was to teach entrepreneurship at Sonoma State, and just lie on my back porch,” O’Loughlin jokes. “And then randomly, about five ...

Punch Bowl Social: The Successful Eatertainment Concept that was Hiding in Plain Sight

The best way to describe Punch Bowl Social is if your favorite local restaurant started hanging out with a hipster diner, got really into craft cocktails and microbrews, married a bowling alley, and then took up with an old-school arcade — and it’s a huge success. Each of the massive, 24,000 square foot locations boast four bars, ...

The Secrets of Annie’s Purpose Driven Success

 By: John Foraker Editor’s note: John Foraker is the President of Annie’s, Inc. John joined Annie’s in 1999. He’s grown the business to more than $250MM in revenues and led its successful sale to General Mills in October 2014 for $820MM. Follow John on Twitter at @AnniesCEO. How did we make this purpose driven business so successful? ...

Blackbird Vineyards: Inside the Complicated, Fascinating World of Wine

By: CircleUp We tend to think of wineries as passion brands. We imagine the people behind the brand spending every waking moment steeped in the rich and complex world of wine. We picture owners spending their days strolling through the vineyard with dirt under their fingernails, sharing a bottle of their favorite vintage each night ...

Win the Race by Cutting in Line: IP Timing Strategies for Startups

 By: Vic Lin  I can still hear the familiar shout – “No cutting!” – when I reminisce about the lunch line back at my grade school. It’s a rule ingrained in us since childhood that we generally follow in our business world. As startups seek to differentiate themselves in the consumer products space, the question is ...

When Raising Capital Online, The Gender Gap is Shrinking

One of the best-documented phenomena in the financial world is the “gender gap” — especially when it comes to raising capital for a small business or startup. Historically, women have been much less successful than men at securing investors for their businesses, whether from a bank or venture capital firm. While women own nearly a ...