Daily Crunch: Facebook launches cloud gaming service

Facebook gets into cloud gaming while continuing its public dispute with Apple, Ant Group prepares for a massive IPO and Pinterest embraces iOS widgets. This is your Daily Crunch for October 26, 2020.

Good and bad board members (and what to do about them)

Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and former CEO of consumer-brands-focused investment platform CircleUp, recently published an email he’d written to a former director on the board of the company. Accor

Taali takes its popped water lily snacks from Y Combinator to the world

Aditya and Aarti Kochhar Kaji didn’t set out to start the snack food business Taali Foods when they were studying for their business degrees at Harvard. The couple both hail from Mumbai and met

What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing

When I began fundraising for CircleUp six years ago, I encountered many investors whose eyes would glaze over when I mentioned “consumer.” These investors would fidget uncomfortably or drop their

The food revolution may have just needed a cup of Blue Bottle

Each massive exit in the tech ecosystem usually follows the same cycle: an upstart becomes a huge business, it goes public or sells for a huge sum of money, many of the best people that built it take

CircleUp announced $125 million venture fund

CircleUp, which has been a marketplace for consumer and retail investing, is announcing that it now has a $125 million growth fund to invest in companies directly. Using machine learning technology ca

CPG investing platform CircleUp will now issue loans to help consumer brands grow

It's hard raising money as a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, but one startup wants to make it easier. CircleUp, which already helps consumer brands raise millions in equity financing, is now go

CircleUp Raises $30M For Its Consumer Brand Crowdfunding Platform

CircleUp, an AngelList-style crowdfunding platform that consumer retail businesses like food companies use to raise money from outside investors, is announcing some funding of its own today. The com

CircleUp Raises $22M To Invest In Consumer Brands On Its Crowdfunding Platform

As crowdfunding sites like Tilt and GoFundMe and lending site Funding Circle raise large rounds to take their businesses to the next level, a startup that sits in the same area of web-based fundrais

The JOBS Act Is Progress But Much Remains To Be Done

We’re approaching the third anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, an omnibus bill of far-reaching financial reforms that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2

Opening Consumer Products To Crowdsourced Investment, CircleUp Raises $14 Million

Technology's ability to harness the wisdom of crowds has created massive new businesses that support entrepreneurship around arts, craftsmanship, and technology while simultaneously re-shaping the mar

CircleUp Lands Virgin America Partnership

CircleUp, a crowdfunding service for startup consumer goods companies, has landed Virgin America as a partner for the food and beverage companies it backs. It's the latest example of how corporations

Inside A Google Ventures Design Sprint

Design isn’t something you would normally associate with a VC firm. But as more firms are adding value-added services, Google Ventures has created an all-star team of designers from Google, Mozi

CircleUp, An Investment Platform For Non-Techie Consumer Startups, Raises $7.5M Led By Union Square

<a target="_blank" href="">CircleUp</a>, a startup that connects investors with retail and consumer companies that wouldn't attract traditional venture funding, has raised a $7.