Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and CEO of CircleUp, an online private equity marketplace that supports direct equity investments from individual accredited investors and small consumer product companies. Before he founded CircleUp, Ryan Caldbeck worked in consumer product and retail-focused private equity at TSG Consumer Partners and Encore Consumer Capital. His experience in private equity exposed him to many great consumer and retail businesses that were too small to obtain funding through the customary private equity channels. As a result, he decided to make funding available to these small and promising companies through CircleUp. Ryan received his MBA from Stanford and BA from Duke. He holds Series 63 and 82 licenses.