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"Just as Amazon changed the way we shop and Apple AAPL -2.61% reinvented the music biz, digital disruption is going to soon affect every aspect of your money: how you earn it, save it, invest it and spend it."
"CircleUp has raised $30 million in Series C financing, bringing its funding total to $53 million; the investment was led by Collaborative Fund."
""San Francisco-based CircleUp, which is known as a fundraising platform for anything but tech startups, has been a dark horse in the emerging industry of equity crowdfunding in the U.S.""
"301 INC launches new investment fund through CircleUp to seed emerging food brands"
"“What we’ve built is a series of engines that evaluate private companies algorithmically,” said Caldbeck, who previously worked at private equity firms TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. The algorithms, using cash flows, revenue growth and user growth, among other measures, “evaluate companies more efficiently and more effectively than humans.”"
""For many investors, CircleUp is a way put their money into a different type of asset than they normally are able to, namely food and other packaged good companies, said Eakin.""
"For the third consecutive year, CircleUp scoured the country to find, select, and celebrate twenty five of the most innovative consumer and retail companies."
"... this $22 million fund is a first — no other crowdfunding marketplace has raised a fund to invest in deals on its own platform before."
"Using technology as a screening tool gives CircleUp an edge over traditional VC and private equity investors by drastically reducing the overhead associated with bringing an investment to the attention of limited partners."
"A group of neuroscientists has created the first energy-drink designed to give a boost to your brain. It's called truBrain, and according to the company's CEO Chris Thompson, it packs a punch that's much smarter than a jolt of caffeine."
"Apex Ski Boots has raised $4.9 million in funds, with investments from family, friends and angel investors. It is currently crowdfunding on angel investment platform, Circle Up, which focuses on consumer based products."
"Companies like Oculus and Nomad are early examples of how anyone can conceptualize, test, manufacture and market innovative new products without a $100 million research and development budget."
"I didn’t know how successful CircleUp was going to be and, to be honest, we could have raised half the round from CircleUp."
"CircleUp’s B Corp Circle will help Collaborative Fund partners “know who’s doing what” in consumer goods and retail..."
"CircleUp Network Inc., an equity fundraising platform for startups that make consumer goods, has struck a partnership with a titan in the field, Johnson & Johnson."
"Without further ado, we’re thrilled to present 2014’s CircleUp25 winners! "
"CircleUp is one example of the new entrants in the private equity space."
"So far it has helped companies raise more than $30m from accredited investors, who can also offer connections and education to the start-up founders."
"Average company has grown revenue at 80% per year."
"Mr. Finn, one of the initial Circle leaders, hopes the presence of Circles, including his own, will give less experienced angel investors confidence about putting their money into consumer goods ventures."
"CircleUp is cooking up a new asset class: prepublic theme-based funds that allow an accredited investor to focus on a specific market."
"CircleUp stands out in that the companies using it to find interested investors are typically making consumer products one could find on retail shelves and hold in a hand"
"The fresh capital underscores the excitement in Silicon Valley over new ways of raising money."
"Seaweed Bath Company recently raised $360,000 in total with half of that coming from five of CircleUp’s investors."
"Branson’s Virgin Group will use CircleUp as a way to identify new snacks and drinks that could be served on its flights."
"CircleUp Named one of America's Most Promising Companies by Forbes."
"The average company that has raised money on CircleUp has grown revenue at 80% per year since raising money on the site."
"Which startups should you keep an eye on in 2014? "
"While it’s only been a little over a year since Ryan and Rory launched the CircleUp platform, they have already supported 30 capital raises to the tune of over $30 million."
"Built specifically for consumer-retail businesses, CircleUp connects accredited investors with the next big thing. Here's how it worked for Green Zebra Grocery."
"The average company that has raised money on CircleUp has seen their revenue grow at 80% per year after they raised money on CircleUp, and their gross margins have expanded from 34% pre-CircleUp to 39% post-CircleUp. "
"CircleUp "has become a go-to platform for startups in the food industry and those that make healthful-lifestyle products.""
""We believe that the average retail investor is better at assessing consumer products than high-tech offerings such as cloud computing," Eakin says. He also thinks the consumer-products industry is underfunded relative to other sectors, and that there's a tremendous growth opportunity in this sector."
"The deal marks the largest fundraise to date on the site, CircleUp, said CircleUp Network Inc. Chief Operating Officer Rory Eakin."
"‘Today, with the ban in place, only the most well-known investors get access to the best deal flow, making it more difficult for accredited investors across the country to invest in top deals,’ writes Ryan Caldbeck of crowdfunding website, Circleup."
"'Lifting the ban will help small businesses, and independent investors, because it will allow for increased flow of information,' Rory Eakin, COO of CircleUp, said."
"‘For tech companies, we 100% believe that the lift in the general solicitation ban will not have significant impact at all for startups,’ says Ryan Caldbeck, founder and CEO of crowdfunding site CircleUp, which serves small consumes goods and retail companies."
"Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunding site CircleUp, argues that validation from top-flight VCs is key to standing out in the crowded world of crowdfunding. "
"CircleUp adds clarity to consumer investing"
"A disruptive business model expands participation in the market by lowering the cost to serve previously unprofitable customers, typically through the introduction of a new technology or business process."
"It generally takes 60 or so days to complete a round of fund-raising, as compared to a year if companies tap angel sources."
"CircleUp bridges this gap by providing a platform where accredited investors can access a curated, vetted selection of consumer products companies and make equity-based investments. "
"Venture capitalists typically pay little attention to consumer-packaged goods startups. But industry giants General Mills Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. are using their partnerships with a "crowdfunding" site to get to know more about them."
"CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck talks about his company's new partnership with Procter & Gamble. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers.""
"We are in the midst of a powerful transition in private capital markets as, for the first time, entrepreneurs can attract investment capital from beyond the narrow audience of ‘angel investors.’ "
"Mr. Caldbeck sees a big opportunity. Consumer goods companies account for a sizable portion of the nation’s businesses, yet very little capital — from private equity funds or from accredited investors — flows to them, he says. What’s more, only a tiny percentage of those who qualify as accredited investors actually invest in private companies, he says.....CircleUp is aiming to simplify the process so that more accredited investors take the plunge and more start-ups can get financing."
"Alison Vercruysse is one of several entrepreneurs raising funds for consumer products via crowdfunding. Kim Walls, chief executive of Episencial, a Los Angeles-based baby skincare company, also found crowdfunding to be a more effective method of raising capital."
"The reason we focus there [consumer products], is fundamentally we don't think this industry or our company exists in five years if investors aren't making money. And we think consumer products is a great place to make money. It's an inefficient market; there are hundreds of investment firms in the country that will invest in larger consumer products companies, companies with more than $10 million in revenue, and almost none that will invest below that."