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CircleUp: 40 Companies and $40 Million Funded

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On the anniversary of legalizing general solicitation for private placements, I had the opportunity to speak with Rory Eakin, COO and co-founder of  equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp.  Founded in 2012, since their  launch they have raised over $40 million for 40 different companies.  The CircleUp platform not only provides funding but also has multiple strategic… Read More

Collaborative Fund Teams Up With CircleUP to Invest $4 Million in B Corps

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New York-based venture firm, Collaborative Fund has partnered with crowdfunding platform, CircleUp to invest $4 million into certified B Corps. According to Wall Street Journal, CircleUp has already helped nine certified B Corps raise $10.2 million in equity funding from accredited angel investors. One of them, Peeled Snacks, raised $2.38 million, which is the most… Read More

CircleUp Partners with Johnson & Johnson

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Equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp, a site that focuses on consumer and retail private company investments, has announced a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, to identify innovative consumer companies working in areas of strategic interest. “Our mission at CircleUp is to enable entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams by… Read More

Crowdfunding on CircleUp, Nomad Connects with Fluxmob: Grows Smartphone Accessory Brand to over $2 Million in Sales

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Now Raising Equity, Nomad First Raised Funding on Kickstarter. Nomad, the designer and manufacturer of minimalist smartphone accessories, has listed its equity crowdfunding campaign on CircleUp.  Known for its NomadKey, the company has also introduced new products including the solid carabiner-sized NomadClip USB cable and NomadCard on the newly launched company website. Committed to product… Read More

CircleUp: Filling the Void in Consumer Products Startup Financing

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After being freed from the vestibule and entering CircleUp’s airy San Francisco office space with CEO Ryan Caldbeck, I settled in for an open and informative discussion on consumer products, leveraging networks and the future of capital formation. The Vision Ryan and several CircleUp team members came from a background in private equity where they… Read More

SmartyPants Raises $2.49M Crowdfunding on CircleUp

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Co-founder and co-CEO of SmartyPants Inc. Courtney Nichols Gould announced earlier this week that the company, which makes gummy vitamins for kids and adults, has raised $2,490,000 in its new crowdfunding campaign on CircleUp. The listing was for a convertible note with 19 investors participating in the funding round. According to CircleUp’s co-founder Rory Eakin,… Read More

CircleUp Introduces Investment Funds or “Circles”

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As part of the inevitable evolution of investment crowdfunding portals, consumer product platform CircleUP has introduced diversified investment funds giving them the title of “Circles”.  CircleUp was launched two years ago with the objective of creating a “more efficient and personalized market for individual private investments” raising over $30 million for early state consumer products… Read More

The Truth About Crowd Selection & Crowdfunding Success

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Dr. Richard Swart, a crowdfunding research authority and one of the leading thinkers on crowdfunding globally, has agreed to write a series of articles addressing key questions about crowdfunding. The first discusses a key question driven by the observation that organizations that successfully crowdfund appear to have a much higher likelihood of success that non-crowfunded organizations…. Read More

ZümXR Experiences Sustained Buzz on its Equity Crowdfunding on RockThePost, Raising $255K of Goal

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Denver based ZümXR launched its crowdfunding campaign on RockThePost, quickly raising $255,000 of its $500,000 to $1 million goal.  There is a co-listing on CircleUp but few details are available.  ZümXR’s natural energy drinks contain their patented sustained-released micro-beads which deliver caffeinated elements, vitamins, green tea and other ingredients  over an extended period of time…. Read More

Rory Eakin Co-Founder & CEO of CircleUp Interviewed

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CircleUp CEO and Co-founder Rory Eakin was recently interviewed on Bloomberg West to talk about his consumer goods equity crowdfunding platform. After running the investment crowdfunding platform for about 2 years, Eakin shares some of his insight into the process.  He states that companies that have raised capital on the platform have grown 80% YoY… Read More

CircleUp Raises $14M Series B, New Firm Enters The Mix

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CircleUp has announced a $14 million Series B round that will introduce a new venture capital firm into their existing mix. Canaan Partners has led the round, which also includes investment from previous CircleUp investors Google Ventures and Union Square Ventures. This is the second venture investment round for a crowdfunding platform involving Canaan Partners… Read More

Launch Angels “Where Angels Fund” Signs First Investment Deal

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Boston based Launch Angels has announced their first investment for their WHERE Angels Fund (WAF). Klymit, which ran a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 crowdfunding more than $50,000 on the rewards based platform,  has now been the beneficiary of an investment from the angel group. Klymit was raising equity in a series B round… Read More

Watch: CircleUp’s Ryan Caldbeck On Crowdfunding & Private Placements

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CircleUp is an early starter in the world of crowdfunding and especially crowdfunding for equity, and the following video interview is an intimate look at why CircleUp was created. Co-founder Ryan Caldbeck says that the idea started with a bad panel at a trade show in a room full of individuals running small businesses. All… Read More

CircleUp, Virgin America Announce Food & Beverage Crowdfunding Partnership

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CircleUp, a crowdfunding platform for connecting investors with consumer brands, is partnering up with Virgin America in an initiative that hopes to generate some real-world business for consumer-facing brands and products that crowdfund on CircleUp. According to TechCrunch, Virgin America will use CircleUp as a means of finding new foods and beverages that can be… Read More

America’s Most Promising Companies: Lending Club, CircleUp Make Forbes List

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Forbes has released their list of 100 of America’s most promising companies, and crowdfunding is well-represented with two entries on the list and one in the top five. Equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp comes in at #64 on the list. Revenues are cited at $1 million yearly, and that only stands to increase once proposed crowdfunding… Read More

UPDATED: The Top 10 US Equity Crowdfunding Platforms

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UPDATE: At least one crowdfunding platform has stepped forward saying they were left off the list. iFunding emailed Crowdfund Insider to clarify that they have raised about $3 million on their platform since launch. RockThePost has shared a top-ten list of equity crowdfunding platforms currently operating in the US. The post clarifies that the source isn’t being shared… Read More

VC Taskforce Hosts Event on Equity Crowdfunding

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Law firm Dorsey & Whitney is sponsoring an event in Palo Alto titled Ether Dollars: A Tale of Four Sites.  The gathering is organized by the VC Taskforce, a group that seeks to address issues and concerns of the Venture Capitalist community.  The event is scheduled to take place in Palo Alto on November 13th,… Read More

Crowdfunding News Roundup: October 21, 2013

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Mashable | Social Web for Good: Crowdfunding Better Communities This article tells the story of Virginia Ramos, who has made a side job of selling her homemade tamales in San Francisco bars. She was banned from doing so by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, but the crowd came to her defense. See how… Read More

WATCH: Baratunde Thurston’s ‘Funded’ Explores Crowdfunding Projects

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In May we tipped the start of Baratunde Thurston’s new crowdfunding-centric web series. Called Funded, the series is made up of five minute shorts that explore crowdfunding success stories. As of today there are five segments available. The five projects outlined are… Ouya: Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman beats Thurston at a video game and talks about… Read More

National Association for Business Economists Gathering to Feature “Crowdfinance Session”

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The National Association for Business Economists (NABE) will be holding their 55th annual meeting next week in San Francisco.  As part of the gathering a session has been scheduled entitled, “Crowdfinancing: Can the Revolution in Financial Intermediation be a Catalyst for Small Business?”. This session will be led by LendIt co-founders Peter Renton and Dara… Read More