Bento for Business

b2b fintech

FOUNDING YEAR: 2014
LOCATION: United States
Last Update: 17/07/2020

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About

Bento offers smart employee expense prepaid and debit cards that can be controlled remotely. Through simple-to-use controls, Bento helps prevent employee theft, fraud, and misuse while also removing the burden for employees to have to file expense reports and get reimbursed.

MEDICI Analysis

Bento offers smart employee expense MasterCards that can be controlled remotely. Through simple-to-use controls, Bento helps prevent employee theft, fraud, and misuse while also removing the burden for employees to have to file expense reports and get reimbursed.

Focus

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Prepaid debit products and employee expense cards Bento provide real-time control over employee spending to control business expenses by setting employee budgets on employee expense cards and utility cards

REVENUE MODEL

Interchange from card usage and tiered monthly SaaS fees based on number of employees

MAIN CLIENTS

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Accerdited Business

Mastercard

Digicert Ev Secure

PCI

PRIMARY PROBLEM SOLVED

We save our customers 10-25% of their annual budgets through our cost management products as well as 2-5 hours each week of accounting and bookkeeping work.

COMMENT

Bento provide purchase protection and also offer zero liability for the owner, as well as car renter’s insurance and ID theft protection.

Traction

VALUATION / MARKET CAP:

$16.67 M in 2015

People

FOUNDERS

Farhan Ahmad

Sean Anderson

BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS

Don Kingsborough

Raymond Stern

Deanna Oppenheimer

Isaac Applbaum

Michael Kopelman

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

11-50

INVESTORS:

Anthemis Group

Blumberg Capital

Comcast Ventures

Edison Partners

Lionbird

MissionOG

Moderne Ventures

Pivot Investment Partners

Plug and Play Tech Center

COMMENT:

We are an incredibly diverse team that operates extremely well together. Our culture is transparent,familial,we truly believe that while great tech is our foundation, our people are our key differentiators. We have 2 offices located centrally in San Francisco (SoMa),Chicago (Loop) with awesome perks,a great environment

Momentum

FUNDED

YES

TOTAL FUNDING

$18.5 M

DATE OF LAST FUNDING

Jun 2018

TOTAL FUNDING COMMENT

The company will use the fund to boost its already impressive growth by scaling talent in marketing and engineering, as well as extending its platform across payments, spend management and business banking. (June 2018)

SEED & PRIOR FUNDING

$2.5 M

SEED CLOSED ON

Feb 2015

FUNDING SERIES

SERIES A  · $7 M  · Jun 2016

SERIES B  · $9 M  · Jun 2018

LISTED

NO

Innovation Programs

BASICS

FOUNDING YEAR:

2014

LOCATION:

United States

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LATEST FUNDING ROUND

$18.5 M

TOTAL EMPLOYEES
11-50

About

Bento offers smart employee expense prepaid and debit cards that can be controlled remotely. Through simple-to-use controls, Bento helps prevent employee theft, fraud, and misuse while also removing the burden for employees to have to file expense reports and get reimbursed.

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MEDICI Analysis

Bento offers smart employee expense MasterCards that can be controlled remotely. Through simple-to-use controls, Bento helps prevent employee theft, fraud, and misuse while also removing the burden for employees to have to file expense reports and get reimbursed.

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Bento for Business

About

Bento offers smart employee expense prepaid and debit cards that can be controlled remotely. Through simple-to-use controls, Bento helps prevent employee theft, fraud, and misuse while also removing the burden for employees to have to file expense reports and get reimbursed.

Focus

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Bento currently offers a comprehensive expense management solution including: - physical Visa/MC debit cards for employees or for specific functions (e.g. Marketing) - instant-issued virtual cards - receipt capture with notes and tags that eliminate the need for expense reports - a dashboard that monitors real-time cash flow and alerts admins on unusual activities - an unmatched set of card controls including daily, weekly, monthly spend limits, on/off button, category and time controls, etc. - automatic or manual sync with Quickbooks and other accounting systems All Bento functions can be accessed through our easy to use web product, iOS and Android mobile apps, and through our open APIs. Bento also works with other large companies to launch turn-key white label programs. We can customize and launch a fully branded and managed white label program in a matter of weeks.

REVENUE MODEL

Interchange from card usage and tiered monthly SaaS fees based on number of employees

TOP PROBLEM SOLVED

We save our customers 10-25% of their annual budgets through our cost management products as well as 2-5 hours each week of accounting and bookkeeping work.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT STAGE

V2.0 or BEYOND

KEY DIFFERENTIATORS

Unmatched controls Physical and virtual cards Web, Mobile, and API access 24/7 human chat/phone support Debit, prepaid, and credit options Multi Processor and Bank capability Industry leading NPS Industry-best alerting system Leading integration with Quickbooks

PRIMARY CUSTOMER TYPE

Enterprise - Banks or Financial Institutions

Enterprise - Retailers

Enterprise - Others

Small and Medium Business - Physical Retail

Small and Medium Business - Online Retail

Small And Medium Business - Other

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

SaaS

White label

Back Office

Customer facing

STRATEGIC CLIENTS AND PARTNERSHIP

The Bancorp Bank : Issuing bank - debit

i2c Inc. : Processor

Community Federal Savings Bank : Issuing bank - prepaid

Brinks : White label partner

Cast & Crew : White label partner

People

FOUNDERS

Farhan Ahmad

Sean Anderson

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

11-50

KEY EMPLOYEES:

CEO, FOUNDER: Farhan Ahmad

CTO: Jeff Pomeroy

FOUNDER: Sean Anderson

TEAM COMMENT:

We are an incredibly diverse team that operates extremely well together. Our culture is transparent,familial,we truly believe that while great tech is our foundation, our people are our key differentiators. We have 2 offices located centrally in San Francisco (SoMa),Chicago (Loop) with awesome perks,a great environment

BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS:

Don Kingsborough, Raymond Stern, Deanna Oppenheimer, Isaac Applbaum, Michael Kopelman

INVESTORS:

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Anthemis Group

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Edison Partners

Lionbird

MissionOG

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Moderne Ventures

Pivot Investment Partners

Plug and Play Tech Center

Momentum

FUNDED

YES

TOTAL FUNDING:

$9 M

LISTED

NO

FUNDING SERIES
Series B Jun 2018 --- USD9 M Comment on Series B Primarily to accelerate growth and roll out new products Edison Partners Comcast Ventures Blumberg Capital Lionbird MissionOG