CPG manufacturing platform Keychain raises $18 million

Keychain seeks to use artificial intelligence to help brands find their perfect manufacturing partners.

Amy Schumer, Mark Wahlberg among SkinnyDipped’s star-studded $12M Series A

The funding enables SkinnyDipped to work on its retail expansion plans into new retailers like Costco and Publix and continue innovating into new spaces over the coming months.

Harmonya bags $20M to decipher product data for CPG brands

The company uses AI and large language models to generate product attributes from things like titles, descriptions, ingredients and consumer reviews.

Datasembly grabs $16M to give brick-and-mortar retail pricing a big data intel boost

Online shopping often feels like a one-way street from the point of view of the physical retail world: e-commerce has a wider selection, it’s open all the time and there seems to be an endless f

Three counterintuitive 2023 predictions about Musk, SBF and even Kraft

Bradley Tusk — who spent his early career in Democratic politics and later became a consultant and lobbyist for private companies battling regulators — spends much of his time these days a

Pitch Deck Teardown: Supliful’s $1M seed deck

Supliful's 22-slide deck ain't perfect, but it's a great example of how a company can use storytelling to make a point.

Black Swan analyzes social media to predict which products will be successful

Consumer packaged goods companies — think PepsiCo or Nabisco — face steep challenges from the rising cost of living and distribution. As inflation continues unabated, consumers’ disp

Kolkata Chai’s next cup includes a taste of venture funding

Co-founded by brothers Ani and Ayan Sanyal, Kolkata Chai wants to be “the place to get good chai” in the United States. It’s a big market. The Sanyal brothers estimate the national tea market re

Outlines showers your home with recyclable options

The sign of a true entrepreneur is someone who can look around and go “wait a minute, there must be a better way.” That approach worked well for Outlines‘ founders, who are tackling

Repeat raises $6 million Series A for its service that makes reordering favorite products easier

Subscriptions have become a popular way to pay for digital services, like Netflix or Spotify, but they haven’t yet taken off as a means of reordering your everyday items or other household essen

YC-backed Turing uses AI to help speed up the formulation of new consumer packaged goods

One of the more interesting and useful applications of artificial intelligence technology has been in the world of biotechnology and medicine, where now more than 220 startups (not to mention universi

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

Tired of stinky uniforms, the LA Dodgers investment team backs a new detergent company

The LA Dodgers are tired of living in filth and are investing in a company called Renegade Brands USA to help clean up their gear.

Ibotta Offers A New Take On Mobile Couponing By Offering Cash Back For Engaging With Brands, Then Buying Their Products

Call it a sign of the times, if you will, but a new mobile savings app called <a target="_blank" href="https://ibotta.com">Ibotta</a> has climbed to 100,000 registered users in the first 75 days follo