Category: Helio

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 ...

Probabilistic Private Investing – How a tiny information advantage can help amplify returns

At CircleUp, we’re re-imagining the mechanics of investing in early-stage companies through the use of Helio, our machine learning platform. As part of that paradigm shift, we like to think about early- stage investing probabilistically much as investors in public markets have done for decades. In what follows, I’d like to use a bit of ...

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 ...

The Business Case for Caring – A Helio Analysis of Certified B Corps

“The business of business is business” is an oft repeated paraphrase of Milton Friedman’s ideas on the role of business in society. Friedman, and many profit minded shareholders and investors before and since him, argue that the sole role of a business is to generate profit for its owners. Any activities undertaken without this end ...

The Future of Private Investing Part I: Why we want to build a systematic investing strategy

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  Since CircleUp was founded, our mission has been ...

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 ...

Food Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead – as Identified by Machine Learning

How do you identify which food trends will take off in the year ahead?  For many retailers, big consumer companies, and investors, trade shows like Expo West and Fancy Food serve as the best way to discover new products and get a sense for what could be breakout consumer trends. While shows like these certainly ...

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 ...

Helio Insights: Medicinal Mushrooms

The Helio Insights series uses our machine learning platform Helio to shine a spotlight on interesting products and brands in the consumer goods sector.  Medicinal mushrooms have been on several lists as a trend to watch in 2018, so we thought we’d take a data-driven look. Mushrooms-not just for pizza and soup anymore “Medicinal,” “adaptogenic,” ...

Helio Can Now Predict Future Product Distribution

By Arvind Ganesan and William Dowling  For a consumer brand that is sold offline, the number of doors it is sold in matters a lot.  The more doors, the more exposure a brand has and the greater opportunity it has to sell its products to customers.  If a brand is gaining doors, it’s generally a ...