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CircleUp: Our Portfolio Companies Average 90% Annual Growth

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Equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp has shared some data about companies raising capital on its platform and it is pretty impressive. According to the funding site, SMEs raising capital on CircleUp have averaged an impressive 90% revenue growth rate each year following their raise.  CircleUp released this info while celebrating its 3rd anniversary.  Currently 100 consumer… Read More

Lending Club Executive Joins CircleUp Board of Directors

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Scott Sanborn, Lending Club COO & CMO, Becomes First Independent Director for CircleUp Crowdfunding Platform. Investment crowdfunding platform CircleUp, has announced that Scott Sanborn has joined the company’s board of directors the first independent director for the company. Sanborn will continue his leadership role as chief operating officer and chief marketing officer at Lending Club (NYSE: LC), a peer to peer… Read More

CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck Talks Consumer Trends (Video)

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Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and CEO of investment crowdfunding platform CircleUp, recently shared his view on consumer trends for 2015.  CircleUp targets consumer facing companies on their platform.  CircleUp has a mission to fill a funding gap for promising consumer entrepreneurs.  The site has partnered with some big names in the consumer space and has several… Read More

CircleUp Co-Founder Ryan Caldbeck Crashes Cash Crowd to Fund Nomad (Video)

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CircleUp co-founder and CEO Ryan Caldbeck crashed the CNBC Cash Crowd party to fund Nomad, a hardware company that is equity crowdfunding on the CircleUp platform.  He made his appearance after the “super panel” of investors had already gone through their brief funding routine deciding whether or not to share their lunch money to help… Read More

CircleUp Partners with Johnson & Johnson


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

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

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


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

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

Crowdfunding News Roundup: October 21, 2013


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

SmartyPants Vitamins Crowdfunds $2.59 Million on Investment Crowdfunding site CircleUp


 Crowdfunding on accredited investor platform CircleUp, SmartyPants Vitamins has announced they have raised $2.59 million on a convertible note from both current and new investors. SmartyPants, a leader in nutrient dense gummy supplements, has experienced dramatic growth with total sales increasing 1,000 percent since their launch in the fall of 2010.  The new funding will enable them to accelerate their… 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

Valuation “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for Early Stage Consumer


At CircleUp, an equity crowdfunding site, we accept fewer than 2% of the companies who apply to raise capital on our platform. While there are a myriad of reasons why we pass on companies, one that always pokes its head up is valuation—that is, we are pessimistic that the company will successfully raise capital on CircleUp at the… Read More

Why Steve Rattner is Wrong on Crowdfunding


  Steve Rattner, former Obama “Car Czar” and prominent financier, recently wrote an article in the New York Times denouncing the JOBS Act as, “a hodgepodge of provisions that together constitute the greatest loosening of securities regulation in modern history,” saving his most scathing criticism for the legalization of equity based crowdfunding. Mr. Rattner raises many valid concerns, some that… Read More

The Disruptive Power of Equity Crowdfunding

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Online marketplaces have already eliminated so much inefficiency in our world.  Dating (OK Cupid, Match.com), restaurant reservations (OpenTable), buying most physical goods (eBay) and countless other marketplaces serve both sides of the marketplaces (i.e. buyers and sellers) and provide value- typically making it more efficient to transact (or date!).  Other marketplaces are eliminating inefficiency we… Read More

P&G Taps Crowdfunding to Scout for Startup Brands


For small companies selling consumer products such as makeup or snack food, a partnership with a big multinational company can mean the difference between obscurity and becoming a household name. How does a small brand get a behemoth’s attention? CircleUp, a crowdfunding website that connects startup consumer brands with investors, wants to be part of… Read More

CircleUp serves small food producers healthy portions of investment

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I am a total health-food nerd. I love comparing notes about vegetable-based snacks, and granola sends me into spasms of excitement. The health-food, slow-food, boutique/artisanal/local-food movement is taking off. More and more people nationwide are swapping potato chips for kale chips and awareness about healthy eating practices is not only spreading but also trendy. Today,… Read More

The Crowdfunding Crowd Is Anxious

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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

Circle Up Founder: Crowdfunding helps create efficiency in the market


In an article on Forbes, Circle Up founder Ryan Caldbeck, reviews the cost of capital in different forms.  He articulates that debt financing has been hard to come by in past years.  Especially for smaller firms.  He furthers this by highlighting the caveats of personal guarantees; bank covenants and perspective equity participants may bring to… Read More