Tagged: rory eakin

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

SmartyPants Raises $2.49M Crowdfunding on CircleUp


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

Rory Eakin Co-Founder & CEO of CircleUp Interviewed

Rory Eakin CircleUp

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

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


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

Crowdfunding site CircleUp raises its own $7.5M Series A


In a push to grow their crowdfunding platform CircleUp has raised $7.5 Million in a Series A round of investment.  Led by Union Square Ventures (USV), other participants included Google Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. It is notable that Rose Park Advisors participated in this round as this is the investment vehicle for Clayton Christensen, the… Read More

Stanford Law School Holds Panel on Crowdfunding


From the event description… The panel will include Naval Ravikant (CEO and co-founder of AngelList), Rory Eakin (Founder and COO of CircleUp), and Professor Joe Grundfest (Stanford Law School) and will be moderated by Evan Epstein (Executive Director, Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance) Co-sponsored Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Advanced Degree Student… Read More

Panel On Crowdfunding to Be Held at Stanford

Stanford University Panel on Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding: The New Age of Venture Capital or an Invitation to Fraud and Disaster? A Panel is scheduled  to be held at Stanford University on Thursday, February 7,  2013.    There is an opening reception at 5:30PM with a 6PM presentation.  The address is: Room 190, Stanford Law School 559 Nathan Abbott Way Stanford CA… Read More

Crowdfunding Campaigns and Sites are Popping Up Everywhere

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Since the JOBS Act was signed into law in April 2012, crowdfunding campaigns and platforms have been growing like wildflowers. There are many choices for businesses, entrepreneurs and marketing consultants but also some equity-based crowdfunding uncertainties with pending Securities and Exchange Commission rules. I recently sat down in San Francisco with Rory Eakin, co-founder at CircleUp,… Read More

The Crowdfunding Crowd Is Anxious

Candace Klein (NYTimes.com)

RYAN CALDBECK was stumped. A director at a private equity firm, he was taking part in a panel discussion at a consumer goods conference last summer in New York when an entrepreneur raised his hand with a question: Where could a young company with just a few million dollars in sales go for money to grow. Mr…. Read More