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2014 Q3 Food and Beverage M&A Activity — North America

 By Lincoln International on 2014-12-11 Each week we share learnings and insights from experts in the consumer product and retail space. This week’s insights come from Lincoln International , a leading investment bank servicing the consumer industry. Lincoln specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. Summary Observations: Activity ...

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A Comparison of Rule 506(b) and 506(c) Offerings

 By: Lucas Huizar  Following up on last week’s post on the origin of Rule 506(c), I’d like to speak to one of the most common questions I receive regarding publicly advertised 506(c) offerings from issuers, their counsel, and investors. How is it different from Rule 506(b)? The chart below covers a few of the differences between 506(b) ...

Zero to One: The Story of Joia All Natural Soda

 By: Jonathan Sandlund Zero to One is a series that explores the origin stories of entrepreneurs fundraising on CircleUp. Who are they? What inspired them? And what challenges did they face going from idea, to product, to market? From Zero to One. I’m joined this week by the founder and CEO of Joia All Natural Soda, ...

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Webinar | Inside the Minds of Angel Investors

Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT Overview Raising capital? Join CircleUp’s Business Development Manager and former private equity investor, Katie Fitzgerald, this Tuesday, December 9th at 11AM PT to learn more about the process of fundraising from angel investors. Katie will cover four key topics: Introduction to CircleUp What investors look for Decoding common diligence topics ...

How The Coca-Cola Company’s Internal Venture Capital Group Is Fueling Disruption in Consumer Products

By: CircleUp This week’s post is a Q&A with Coca-Cola’s internal venture group, VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands). As we continue to explore issues of crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and disruptive forms of finance, I thought hearing from the venture group of a world class consumer brand would be interesting. As an investor and entrepreneur, I think ...

Webinar | Introducing QVC: Strategies from former executive, Martin Bispels.

By: CircleUp Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkBn6qpsYI4 About Webinar We’re excited to host former QVC VP of Business Development Martin Bispels this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT. Martin will share key insights with brands looking to sell on QVC. When Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT Where Register on Google+ Ask Questions! Have ...

Branding is Simple

 By: Maura Mitchell  Each week we share learnings and insights from experts in the consumer product and retail space. This guest editorial comes to us from Maura Mitchell. In 1999, Maura founded Brandology in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, she has become a trusted advisor, providing practical guidance that drives results for clients including Clif ...

Zero to One: The Story of Apex Ski Boots

 By: Jonathan Sandlund Zero to One is a series that explores the origin stories of entrepreneurs fundraising on CircleUp. Who are they? What inspired them? And what challenges did they face going from idea, to product, to market? From Zero to One. I’m joined this week by the founder and CEO Apex Ski Boots, Denny Hanson. Learn ...

Early Stage Markets — The (Unsurprising) Correlation Between Size and Performance

Anyone who says that size does not hurt investment performance is selling. The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950s. I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. — Warren Buffett ...

Looking to avoid startup headaches? The importance of peer networks.

 By: Diana Mercer Each year at Natural Products Expos East and West, New Hope Natural Media hosts more than 3,000 exhibiting brands who are attempting to chart a course toward success. Some are enthusiastic foodies, or avid supporters of organics, sustainability mavens, or have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease. All of the brands in the New Hope ...