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Ryan Caldbeck

Ryan Caldbeck

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Ryan

Ryan Caldbeck is the Co-founder and Chairman of CircleUp, a fintech company providing an investment platform powered by technology. Ryan is on a mission to help entrepreneurs thrive by harnessing the power of data to provide capital and resources to emerging consumer brands. He co-founded CircleUp after years as an investor with consumer product and retail-focused private equity firms TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. After being exposed to the inefficiency of private investing for emerging consumer companies, he saw an opportunity to use technology to solve that problem. His experience in private equity exposed him to many great consumer and retail businesses that were too small to obtain funding available to these small and promising companies through CircleUp. Ryan is also an angel investor in several high-growth technology companies, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes and The Huffington Post.

Professional Experience


Academic History

  • Prior to his current role at CircleUp, Ryan served as Chief Executive Officer of the firm from 2011 through 2020.

  • CircleUp provides an online investing marketplace for individual investors and privately held consumer and retail companies.

  • Under his leadership, CircleUp is systematizing private investing with the vision of bringing transparency and efficiency to the market.

  • As a Director at Encore, Ryan led a number of private investments and worked as an Associate for Bain Capital and The BCG.

  • He received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a dual BA in Public Policy from Duke.

  • Ryan holds Series 24, 63, and 82 licenses.


Ryan Caldbeck's Awards & Recognition

  • Power Broker in Beauty, Women's Wear Daily

  • Titan of Retail, Bloomberg

  • 2013 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award

  • 2014 40 Under 40 San Francisco Business Times Honoree


Ryan Caldbeck's Affiliations

  • Board Member, Summit Preparatory Charter High School

  • Board Member, Zuke's

  • Board Member, The Isopure Company

  • Board Member, Philly Swirl