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CircleUp

CircleUp is a San Francisco, California based venture capital firm founded in 2012 by Rory Eakin and Ryan Caldbeck.

CircleUp is a San Francisco, California-based venture capital firm founded in 2012 by Rory Eakin and Ryan Caldbeck.

The firm prefers to invest in early-stage companies and specializes in debt and equity investments. The firm offers data-driven insights through its machine learning platform called Helio.

The notable investment portfolio of CircleUp includes Google Ventures, Maveron, QED Investors, Rose Park, Union Square Ventures. As of January 2020, CircleUp has made 77 investments and raised a total of $253M in funding over 6 rounds.

CircleUp is a San Francisco, California based venture capital and credit firm. They offer equity investments or credit solutions for companies. They use Helio, their machine learning platform, to gain proprietary market insights and use their industry network to help portfolio companies compete and grow.

Helio

Helio is CircleUp's machine learning platform designed to spot innovative assets. They gather data from publicly available sources, through various relationships, and from entrepreneurs. The data is then normalized and classified into over 100 categories.

Credit

CircleUp offers working capital. Their APR is between 14% to 25%, between $20,000 to $3 million, and with a free exit at no penalty. Their loan evaluation is in part driven by Helio.

Equity

CircleUp offers equity investments to companies they feel are offering innovative products, with a strong leadership team and revenue of $1 to $15 million while raising $1 to $10 million. Their investment decisions are in part driven by Helio, which they offer to portfolio companies as a perk to the partnership.

Insights

CircleUp offers portfolio companies what they call insights, but are strategic questions answered with the help of Helio.

Investment

CircleUp has made equity investments in Kosas, peach, Cali'flour Foods, Function of beauty, Mented Cosmetics, Fort Point Beer Company, The Good Crisp Company, Winky Lux, HUM, Nut Pods, Heyday, Liquid I.V., The Coconut Cult, 4505 Meats, Pop & Bottle, NomNomNow, Barnana, and Wild Friends Foods.

Advisors, Ooga Labs, Maveron, Jerry Gramaglia, and David Topper.

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Andy Weissman

Board Member

Deepak Kamra

Board Member

Nick Talwar

Board Member, CEO, and President

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Google Ventures

Maveron

QED Investors

Rose Park

Union Square Ventures

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