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Helio Highlights: Growth in Adaptogens

Adaptogens, non-toxic plants that are believed to alleviate stressors, have seen a rise within food, beverage and beauty products as consumers become increasingly aware of the benefits of natural wellness.  Above, we can see the growth trend in brands we found in Helio that use adaptogens in their products. As a result of the growth ...

Helio Highlights: Convergence of Food & Beauty

We are excited to introduce “Helio Highlights” – our new series of CPG insights from our proprietary data platform, Helio. As we find interesting data in Helio, we want to share some quick insights to benefit the broader CPG community of founders, investors and retailers. We hope you enjoy the series, share the content and ...

Defining Clean Beauty: Beyond the Branding

On the back label of beautifully packaged faces, behind the concealer of marketing jargon, what does clean beauty mean? Combing through the marketing jargon using CircleUp’s machine learning technology, Helio, we’ve identified the most common terms used to describe clean beauty products. Initially, we focused on the skincare sector for the purposes of narrowing in on ...

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 ...

Who are the most innovative consumer brands of 2019?

Announcing the call for nominations for the seventh annual CircleUp25

Fast Company Names CircleUp One of the Most Innovative Companies of 2019

Fast Company recently announced the 2019 Most Innovative Companies list, and we are excited to share that CircleUp was named #3 Most Innovative Data Science Company. CircleUp is included alongside the likes of Lineage Logistics, Orbital Insights, and Hopper, who are all taking a data-driven approach to solve unique global problems. It’s an honor to ...

Joining CircleUp: Building a New Game of Chess to Change Investing

Warren Buffett says in his 1989 annual report that “Having a dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” Taking Buffett’s words to heart, I wanted to reflect on past experiences and distill my choices for joining CircleUp into three points:. An innovative business model with a strong ...

Welcome Fort Point–– the perfect brew for any occasion

Founded by brothers Justin and Tyler Catalana, Fort Point Beer Company is a San Francisco-based craft brewery made up of people who believe the simple things in life can be a whole lot better. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Fort Point and have made an investment in the company. ...