Category: CircleUp News & Resources

Company Vision: What it is and why it matters

“To fly what others only imagine.” Woah. This is the vision statement of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and it’s pretty awesome. It informs and inspires at the same time and I think it serves as a great example of what an effective vision can be. NASA hit the nail on the head, but it’s ...

What is a Chief of Staff Anyway? Part I

The title “Chief of Staff” connotes some combination of DC politics, Supreme Leader Snoke (Star Wars reference), and the Minions. It goes without saying that at a San Francisco fintech company, the role looks very different. I’ve been in the Chief of Staff role at CircleUp for just two months now, and I’ve already been ...

You’re Wrong. Private Investing Will be Disrupted

Here is the typical series of events when it comes to disruptive innovation: Incumbent ignores threat of disruption Eventually admits that disruption is a risk Doubles down on the most profitable business activities Points to small internal projects as proof of internal innovation Gets nervous and throws money at a hodgepodge of efforts, hoping that ...

What I’d do differently if I were the CEO of Kellogg’s

The world of consumer goods is changing at a breakneck speed. This isn’t a shocking revelation to anyone who’s worked in or around the sector. Consumer tastes are becoming more and more fragmented and big incumbents continue to lose market share to upstart brands. It’s often difficult for these incumbents to figure out how to ...

Reflecting on My First 8 Months at CircleUp

Last summer I took the biggest leap of my career.  After spending three years at the private equity firm TPG, and learning from some of the best private market investors in the world, I made a bet on a five year old company that was using data science to invest in an important way that ...

Why I Joined CircleUp

In my career, I’ve had the privilege of working in teams across a spectrum of industries – life sciences, semiconductors, hedge funds – that have allowed me to experience and learn from a wide range of perspectives. Across these diverse roles, one consistent theme has been the use of data to drive efficiency, increase productivity, ...

Welcome, nutpods – The e-comm Phenomenon

nutpods marks one of the earliest examples of the impact Helio can have in surfacing young brands with strong conviction early in their trajectory. When Helio found nutpods a few months after the brand launched, nutpods had generated less than $50,000 in revenue, but showed exceptional brand growth, largely driven by outstanding product reviews. Fast ...

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 ...

Boost the Sales of Your Brand with Growth Analytics

Big consumer goods companies like Unilever and Nestle understand how to use sales data to get more shelf space (which in turn gets them more sales, thus better performance data). Small, growing consumer goods brands rarely tell their own stories using data, which makes it hard to truly break through the clutter and grow. Growth ...

How Halo Top Became a Consumer Sensation

Halo Top has emerged as one of the biggest consumer phenomenons in recent years, with a devoted consumer base that snaps up as much of its low-calorie high protein ice cream as stores can stock. Until recently, they did almost no advertising, and the team continues to forgo a traditional office, instead working remotely and ...