The investment world is evolving as the line between private equity and venture capital continues to blur. We focus on talent, ideas, innovation, and potential, and invest in businesses where our experience and resources can make a meaningful impact. At Bridge Investments, we have the flexibility to invest at any stage of a business’s growth cycle, from seed or Series A investments through our dedicated Venture Fund, to majority investments in mature growth companies seeking liquidity and support in advancing to the next level.We have a 20-year track record of success working closely with inspired management teams to support their vision and help achieve sustainable growth.
We seek out talented management teams of companies with clear growth potential, apply a disciplined and analytical approach throughout the transaction and portfolio management processes, and work in collaboration with management throughout the investment horizon. We understand and have experienced the unique challenges that businesses face during their various stages of development. We have found that certain fundamental principles from mature businesses can be applied to venture-stage opportunities to more quickly achieve profitability. Conversely, the progressive and innovative qualities of venture businesses can be applied to later stage enterprises to help ignite growth. We focus on industries where we have meaningful experience and relationships: tech-enabled services, SaaS, and consumer/ecommerce, among others.
Bridge Investments is willing to partner with other like-minded investors. This allows us to participate in larger deals and helps us to diversify our capital base. We have a successful history of co-investing and believe that partnering can often provide an even wider range of perspective, expertise and resources.
Before it was fashionable for PE / venture firms to promote themselves as value-add partners, Daniel and the Bridge team believed in creating a culture of collaboration from the start. This philosophy has resulted in management teams, as well as our investors, being Bridge’s best advocates. Since co-founding Bridge 20 years ago, Daniel has been actively involved with, often as a Board Director or advisor to Bridge’s portfolio investments including Bridge Venture Fund, QDiscovery, FreightWatch, PV Media Group, and Stonegate Capital, among others. Daniel graduated from the University of Michigan, but he refuses to send his 4 boys to school in maize and email@example.com | 847-681-8886 | |
Almost 30 years after founding Goldberg Kohn, one of Chicago’s most highly respected mid-sized law firms, Bob co-founded Bridge Investments, offering his vast experience and relationships that continue to benefit Bridge’s portfolio companies and help shape our strategic direction. Bob’s previous experience scaling a legal services business has been a template he has shared, in different ways, with Bridge’s portfolio companies who are often faced with similar challenges during periods of rapid growth. Bob graduated from Cornell University (BA) and then earned his JD from University of Chicago.firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-926-0818 | |
Jason enjoys spending the majority of his time working directly with the management teams of Bridge’s portfolio companies, providing various levels of support and strategic guidance. Jason’s highly disciplined and analytical approach, and years of experience working closely with management teams at various stages of growth, has been a major asset to Founders / CEO’s. Before joining Bridge in 2013, Jason spent 8 years with a Chicago-based venture capital and private equity fund that was also a major co-investor with Bridge in Prime Visibility Media Group. Jason has served or currently serves on the Board of QDiscovery, Bridge Venture Fund, Stonegate Capital, haku App Corporation, CoreXchange Inc., and SCO Logistics. Jason graduated from Albion College, but happens to be an even bigger University of Michigan sports fan than Daniel, having grown up in Northern Michigan.email@example.com | 847-681-8884 | |
Jim brings considerable experience to Bridge's business planning and equity placement efforts. He formerly served as Senior Vice-President and Director of Chicago Corporation and as a Senior Vice-President of ABN AMRO. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-602-8648
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Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com) fuses old-school quality and modern-day technology to bring consumers a premium product with online convenience. Founded in 2012 by WebMD and Comcast veteran Brian Berger and apparel and fashion merchandising expert Michael Isaacman, Mack Weldon offers a superior shopping solution for “men’s basics” -underwear, socks, and t-shirts. Leveraging off its experience in product design, the Mack Weldon team creates exceptional products that blend design and performance.
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Esquify (www.esquify.com) is a SaaS platform that addresses the manual review portion of the legal discovery process. Reviewers can work from anywhere and receive virtual supervision in addition to accessing machine learning and analytic tools, easing the process.
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In 2010, Bridge Investments led a growth equity investment in FreightWatch International (www.freightwatchintl.com), a global leader in logistics security services. FreightWatch provides companies with complete cargo security and supply chain integrity from origin to destination. The growth capital provided by Bridge Investments enabled FreightWatch to grow its business both in the US and abroad as well as to develop new technologies, such as real-time temperature monitoring. In mid-2012, after nearly doubling EBITDA, Bridge led the sale of FreightWatch to United Technologies (NYSE: UTX).
In December of 2007, Bridge acquired AdOn Network (www.adonnetwork.com), a leading provider of innovative contextual and behavioral advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers on the Internet. Concurrent with the acquisition of AdOn Network, Bridge also acquired Prime Visibility and merged the two companies into a single entity called "PV Media Group". Bridge worked collaboratively with management to return the company to its strong growth trajectory following the recession and to maximize the synergies between the two merged companies. After doubling EBITDA from the time of its acquisition, Bridge sold PV Media Group in November of 2011 to a publicly traded UK-based strategic acquirer, Blinkx plc (LSE: BLNX).
Bridge acquired Prime Visibility (www.primevisibility.com) in 2007 with the goal of complementing AdOn Network with a SEO/SEM platform. By working collaboratively with management over the duration of its investment, Bridge transformed Prime Visibility into a full-service digital marketing agency with a comprehensive suite of services. Prime Visibility’s strong revenue and EBITDA growth, together with its seasoned management team, helped to further diversify PV Media Group's range of services and make it a more attractive acquisition target. Bridge sold Prime Visibility, along with AdOn Network to Blinkx plc (LSE: BLNX) in November 2011.