Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and Executive Chairman of CircleUp, an investment platform powered by technology. Ryan served as CEO from 2012 through 2020. He founded CircleUp (www.circleup.com) after seven years as an investor with consumer product and retail-focused private equity firms TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. He was exposed to the inefficiency of private investing for emerging consumer companies and saw an opportunity to use technology to solve that problem. With machine learning technology, CircleUp is systematizing early-stage private investing with the vision of bringing transparency and efficiency to the market and the mission to help more entrepreneurs thrive.
Ryan received his MBA from Stanford and a dual BA from Duke. CircleUp has been named one of the Top 5 Most Disruptive companies in Finance by CNBC, one of the Fintech 50 by Forbes, one of America’s Best Entrepreneurial Companies by Entrepreneur Magazine, one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes, and one of the 50 Best Fintech Innovators by KPMG. In addition, Ryan has been named a “Power Broker in Beauty”, by Women’s Wear Daily and a “Titan of Retail” by Bloomberg. He is also a winner of the 2013 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award and a 2014 40 Under 40 San Francisco Business Times Honoree.
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