Bridge Investments offers private equity to the lower middle market and, through our Bridge Venture Fund, venture capital for mid-stage venture opportunities. Whether it’s a controlling stake, growth equity or a Series A investment, we look for execution-oriented management teams. The professionals at Bridge Investments have a diverse and unique blend of backgrounds consisting of private equity, real estate, law, investment banking and consulting. We have a 15-year track record of success in a wide array of businesses, including digital marketing, security services, logistics, e-commerce, data center services and real estate, among others. We contribute our own capital to each investment, directly aligning our interests with management teams and investors.
We seek out established companies with clear potential; apply a disciplined approach to the transaction process and to our portfolio management; and help those companies grow and evolve into mature, larger and more profitable businesses. We understand and have experienced the unique challenges that businesses face during this important stage, and we collaborate with management teams to form and implement flexible, comprehensive strategies. We support and add value to our portfolio companies through our knowledge and experience, capital resources and business relationships forged over many years. We diligence, as appropriate, prior to a Letter of Intent and thus have a strong history of closing deals after reaching the LOI phase. Our flexibility allows us to exit at the ideal time, maximizing value for all involved.
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.
Daniel focuses on acquisitions, portfolio management, investor relations, and realization strategy. He serves as a director to QDiscovery, a leading electronic discovery and litigation support services provider. Daniel is also a director of Bridge Venture Fund, a VC fund targeting mid-stage venture opportunities. He has served as a board director to Prime Visibility Media Group and FreightWatch International, and as a managing member to other Bridge portfolio companies. Daniel’s experience includes leveraged buyouts, growth equity, capitalizations, debt recapitalizations, asset consolidations, and real estate, hotel and corporate acquisitions and financings. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.firstname.lastname@example.org | 847-681-8886 | |
Since starting Bridge with Daniel fifteen years ago, Bob has been active in investor relations as well as portfolio management and the sourcing and structuring of investments. He has served as a board director and ex officio advisor to various Bridge portfolio companies. Prior to Bridge, Bob was a founding partner of Goldberg Kohn, one of Chicago’s premier law firms. He received a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.email@example.com | 847-926-0818 | |
Jason’s primary role includes the origination and analysis of investment prospects, deal negotiation and execution, operational and strategic support for portfolio companies, and value realization. Prior to joining Bridge, he was a Vice President at Red Barn Investments, a Chicago-based private equity/venture capital firm that was an active co-investor alongside Bridge in PV Media Group. While at Red Barn, Jason served as a Board member for two of its portfolio companies – SCO Logistics, Inc. and CoreXchange, Inc. Jason began his career as an analyst in Citigroup’s investment banking division focusing primarily on M&A advisory. He holds a BA in Economics and Management from Albion College.firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.email@example.com | 847-602-8648
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Stonegate Capital (www.sghcap.com) is a diversified private credit investment firm whose core focus is providing collateralized debt and creative financing solutions to established lower middle market businesses and emerging brands. At a time when traditional sources of debt capital are limiting their exposure due to risks, increasing costs, and regulations, Stonegate Capital has emerged as a stable source of liquidity for borrowers across industries and economic cycles.
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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.