Pond5 was founded on the premise of creating the world’s most artist-friendly marketplace for media makers to upload, share and sell their content. The Company’s co-founders, Tom Bennett and Marcus Engene, held backgrounds in videography and technology and sought to create a platform that they, themselves, would want to use as artists. In 2007, with some money from friends and family, they launched Pond5 and quickly won the hearts and minds of independent media makers looking to distribute their video, image and audio creations.
Today, Pond5 is a leading online marketplace for stock media with over 15 million clips sourced from 30,000 artists in 127 countries and serves as a key creative resource for the global media production industry. Additionally, the Company’s 2.3 million videos compose one of the largest royalty- free video collection on the Web. Pond5’s marketplace has attracted media clients including BBC, NBC and CBS, advertising agencies like Leo Burnett and Wieden & Kennedy, and a growing roster of emerging video artists on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.
When raising its first institutional capital, Pond5 chose to partner with Stripes given our deep experience working with digital media and marketplace businesses. We are excited to partner with Pond5 and its team on the next phase of their journey in building the world’s most vibrant, artist- friendly marketplace for creativity.