On October 13th 2020 I stepped down as CEO of CircleUp, the company I started in 2011 with my co-founder, Rory Eakin. Leaving the best job I ever had — at the company I helped to create — was difficult and confusing. I wish I had found other stories about…


Navigating the private markets today is the equivalent of hailing a cab during rush hour or finding a newly released movie at a nearby Blockbuster ten years ago. Before technology intervened, you had to be in the right place at the right time. …


All,

I want to follow up on my email this weekend about the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade. These atrocities are only some of the more recent acts of race-related hate and violence. There have been more than any of us can know. …


Halo Top has emerged as one of the biggest consumer phenomenons in recent years, with a devoted consumer base that snaps up as much of its low-calorie high protein ice cream as stores can stock. Until recently, they did almost no advertising, and the team continues to forgo a traditional…


In September of this year a compilation video of failed SpaceX rocket landings was uploaded to YouTube. The video featured rocket after rocket going up in smoke and flames all set to the Monty Python theme song. To me, the most interesting thing about the video wasn’t the explosions, it…


Today we are extremely proud to announce the creation of a new, first-of-its-kind venture capital fund: CircleUp Growth Partners.

CircleUp Growth Partners is an early-stage consumer fund with a scalable, data-driven approach to investing in visionary entrepreneurs and products.

It’s time for change

Technology has transformed nearly every type of enterprise in recent years…


Earlier this year, we introduced our machine learning platform Helio to the world. We’ve been building Helio for years, so we were thrilled to finally be able to talk about it publicly. Since that introduction, we’ve published a wide variety of different insights powered by Helio on everything from fashion


There is no question that systematic investing plays an important role in the public equities markets: Quant trading strategies now encompass 27% of all U.S. stock trades by investors, up from 14% in 2013. …


It’s no secret that the largest, oldest CPG brands haven’t innovated at the pace they should have. New CircleUp data released here illustrates how big brands have fallen behind. Pepsi soda, KitKat bars, and Clorox cleaner are decades, near-centuries old, and still have largely unchanged formulas. …


CircleUp exists to help promising entrepreneurs raise capital and sophisticated investors invest in breakthrough brands with confidence and efficiency on both sides. Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve been challenging private equity norms by revolutionizing manual company sourcing and vetting with a technology-driven private marketplace.

The ability to…

Ryan Caldbeck

Founder and Executive Chairman @CircleUp. Follow me on Twitter @ryan_caldbeck

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