We’re a bank that moves at the speed of startup.

StumbleUpon Case Study
Client Since: 2007

“Bridge Bank is much more startup friendly. They understand that sometimes we don’t know what’s coming up the next day and they can move very quickly. There is a lot of uncertainty in a startup, and you need a partner that’s flexible.” ~Mark Bartels, StumbleUpon

“Bridge Bank’s strength is that they work closely with the team and understand the business. They understand the operational challenges that come with a small company. It’s not purely domain experience in tech; they work well with smaller companies because they’re flexible and can move quickly.” ~Mark Bartels, StumbleUpon

“Bridge Bank understands the cycles of the business and the drivers. Bridge Bank was able to come up with a structure that is beneficial to the bank and beneficial to StumbleUpon.” ~Mark Bartels, StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a discovery engine (a form of a web search engine) that finds and recommends web content to people based on their interests. Headquartered in San Francisco, StumbleUpon was founded in 2001, received angel investor funding in 2005 then sold to eBay in 2007.

By 2009, they had doubled in size, but wanted to return to their independent, startup roots. They wanted to buy themselves back from eBay and needed a trustworthy partner to guide them through the process. 

They were looking for a bank that was responsive, could move quickly and, of course, could respect the very confidential nature of the arrangement. They also needed a day-to-day banking partner to keep the business charging ahead.  

Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we didn't flinch. We understood StumbleUpon was growing by the day and couldn’t stall their business while the buyback was executed. They needed to hire new employees, pay existing employees, make operational decisions and have access to flexible working capital. We didn’t hesitate to work with them.

While we can’t take credit for the results of the company, we’re happy to report our friends at StumbleUpon are doing quite well. They’ve tripled their revenue and tripled in size over the last three years. They also now have 30 million registered users and are entering the mobile market.

If you’re a startup who has stumbled upon this case study and like what you see, call us. We understand the roller coaster you’re on. And, we can help.

Getting Started

Find your ideal banker:

Getting Started

Find your ideal banker:

Featured Insights

Silicon Valley Business Journal reported on March 26 that In the market for a two-bedroom apartment in...

Nanolab Technologies uses cutting-edge technology and expertise to provide knowledge-based analytical services for...

Mission Bell is a 54-year old company based in Morgan Hill, California that specializes in architectural millwork,...

Mercurynews.com reported on January 30 that Fueled by mushrooming tech wealth, luxury home sales set new records in...

Much of the country is still recovering from the recession, making it difficult for companies to secure financing....

Recent News

04/18/14
Going into business as an entrepreneur requires a unique skill set and frame of mind...
04/18/14
Startup founders and other entrepreneurs are familiar with the process of failing...
04/18/14
Entrepreneurs sometimes find themselves at important crossroads. One of these is...
04/18/14
Sometimes it can seem like so many meetings are being scheduled that they are...
04/18/14
Small-business owners and entrepreneurs are used to running their companies on what...
04/18/14
Sometimes, despite training and determination, managers and founders attempt to...
04/17/14
The business world has changed rapidly in the past decade, and strategies that were...
04/17/14
Entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs often come up with a number of different...
04/16/14
Last year, venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals, according to...
04/16/14
A pitch can make all the difference in securing venture capital investment or...

Twitter

Featured Insights

Featured Insight

Silicon Valley Business Journal reported on March 26 that In the market for a two-bedroom apartment in...

Featured Insight

Nanolab Technologies uses cutting-edge technology and expertise to provide knowledge-based analytical services for...

Featured Insight

Mission Bell is a 54-year old company based in Morgan Hill, California that specializes in architectural millwork,...

Recent News

Going into business as an entrepreneur requires a unique skill set and frame of mind. One of these tasks is finding...

Startup founders and other entrepreneurs are familiar with the process of failing quickly enough to change a product...

Entrepreneurs sometimes find themselves at important crossroads. One of these is encountering a business opportunity...

Twitter