All posts by CircleUp

CircleUp is a technology company that provides capital to innovative early-stage consumer brands and opportunities for leading investors to participate in their growth.

CircleUp25 Data Dive: Skincare Good Enough to Eat – Credo, Youth to the People, Herbivore

By William Dowling and Samara Flug Looking at the ingredients of Youth to the People’s moisture cream or their face oil can feel a bit like staring up at the menu of a smoothie bar.  The Superberry Hydrating oil, made up of maqui berry, acai, prickly pear and goji, sounds refreshingly sweet while the kale ...

Using Helio for Credit Risk Monitoring

By Amanda Wood and Jessica Kwok At CircleUp Credit Advisors we are obsessively focused on financing working capital for great consumer companies to help them grow their businesses and build out their products. To date, we’ve issued more than 400 loans. Our machine learning platform Helio gives us a data-driven view of the consumer landscape ...

CircleUp’s Women in Tech Compilation

The Grace Hopper Celebration is an annual 3-day event celebrating women in technology. It is a really big deal – the world’s largest gathering of women technologists which sells out in a matter of minutes. It presents topics including FinTech, ML, VR, IoT, HCI, and hardware and explores the ways in which women fit into said industries. ...

Using Helio to Identify the Best Wine Regions in the Country

Summer’s here which means so are long weekend trips to wine country. Most of us have our favorite types of wines and our favorite wine regions. Here in San Francisco, a lot of folks will take the drive out to Napa while others argue that Sonoma is superior. Others point to wineries in Washington, or ...

The Future of Private Investing Part IV: How systematic investing will help entrepreneurs

By William Dowling and Jonathan Scherr Part I: Why we want to build a systematic investing strategy Part II:  The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale Part III: Other investors in the ecosystem Part IV: How systematic investing will help entrepreneurs Part V: Getting the deal done – from outreach to close  In the world ...

Brand Model: How Helio Quantifies the Seemingly Unquantifiable

By Arvind Ganesan and William Dowling  In a world where consumers have access to an ever-growing variety of products, it can be increasingly difficult for products to stand out. A good brand, which has traditionally been one of the ways for a product to win over competitors, has become more important than ever before. In ...

The Future of Private Investing Part II: The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale

By William Dowling and Jonathan Scherr  Part I: Why we want to build a systematic investing strategy Part II:  The operational hurdle of valuing companies at scale Part III: Other investors in the ecosystem Part IV: How systematic investing will help entrepreneurs Part V: Getting the deal done – from outreach to close  In Part 1 ...

Entity Resolution – The Foundation of Helio

By Raquel Rodriguez, Ryan Munro, and Emma Stubbs  Since inception, CircleUp has taken on a meaty technical challenge that we call entity resolution – sounds boring right? It’s not. Entity resolution is the process of distinguishing between unique brands or “entities” and accurately assigning data from dispersed sources to each brand. But the scope of ...

Shared Ingredients in Common Household Products [Infographic]

In a world that’s becoming increasingly health conscious, it can still be surprisingly difficult to know the ingredients in the products we use on a daily basis. Our machine learning platform Helio can analyze millions of products at once, so we thought it would be interesting to look at the shared ingredients of common household ...

Research and Development Spending: Tech Vs Consumer [Infographic]

Big consumer companies are slow to adapt to changing consumer tastes because they spend so little on researching what those tastes are. More investment in R&D could actually save Big CPG a lot of money in the long run because it could keep them from having to pay hundreds of millions to acquire upstart consumer ...