Category: CircleUp News & Resources

Helio Found Liquid I.V. in 2017, What Does The Data Say in 2020?

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., the leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We’re extremely excited to congratulate Brandin and team on the company they have built. Liquid I.V. is a standout brand in CircleUp Growth Partners’ portfolio and a great example of how we ...

Congratulations, Liquid I.V.!

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., a leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Founder & CEO Brandin Cohen over the last two years, as he and his team have built a brand that deeply resonates with consumers ...

Debundling Private Investing

Private investing is an extremely attractive industry: it has high margins (~40-60%), recurring cash flows (management fees are paid upfront), and predictable costs (overhead is relatively fixed) (1). It’s also a massive industry, with over $6.5T in private market AUM globally ($4.5T for private equity and debt alone). And it’s growing — AUM for private ...

CircleUp’s Mission, Vision & Strategy

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. Decision-making in the private markets is just as circumstantial: it is ...

Helio Insights: Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a significant impact on businesses across the globe, including consumer packaged goods (CPG). At CircleUp, we are closely tracking developments in our industry using data from our machine-learning platform, Helio, to better understand the resulting changes in consumer behavior across categories, brands, channels and retailers in the United States. ...

Welcome Koia – Here’s to a Plant-Based Future!

Our team first met Chris Hunter in 2017, early in his journey in making Koia the leading plant-based beverage company in the United States. His story is an inspiring one – from founding Four Loko at the age of 25 to selling Not Your Father’s Root Beer to Pabst to becoming a spokesperson for a ...

Enter Corona: Emerging CPG, Pandemic, and Recession

The longest period of economic expansion in modern US history has just come to a crashing end, courtesy of the COVID-19 virus and a price war in the global oil markets. The global economy is seemingly grinding to a halt as more and more of the world is now adjusting to “shelter-in-place” mandates from governmental ...

On Data, Unicorns and Granola Bars

A quant’s journey in the private markets After a career spent applying systematic and data driven techniques to investing in the public markets, I am now on a path to do the same in the private markets. The time is now for quantitative investing to begin, in earnest, the disruption of the private markets. The ...

Welcome Peach––making the side-hustle work for women

To help women thrive. That’s the mission of Peach, a direct sales, lifestyle apparel brand focused specifically on contemporary athleisure and it’s a big part of the reason that CircleUp Growth Partners made an investment in the business. We are thrilled to welcome Janet Kraus (CEO), Derek Ohly (COO) and the entire Peach team to ...

CircleUp25: Announcing the 2019 Winners

We’re excited to share the seventh installment of CircleUp25, our annual award recognizing some of the most innovative consumer brands on the market.  CircleUp25 is decided on by our expert judges and Helio, our technology platform that identifies, classifies, and evaluates an ever-growing universe of consumer brands. The finalists signal where innovation in the consumer ...