ZenBusiness Acquires Joust, A Fintech for Small Business Entrepreneurs

ZenBusiness Acquires Joust, A Fintech for Small Business Entrepreneurs
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Joust will relaunch as ZenBusiness Money and bring a full suite of business banking solutions to the nation’s rising population of small business entrepreneurs.

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ZenBusiness Acquires Joust

AUSTIN, TX - July 30, 2020 - ZenBusiness, the leading platform for micro businesses to start, run, and grow their business, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Austin-based fintech platform Joust. The strategic acquisition brings Joust’s all-inclusive business banking features to the ZenBusiness platform and will be re-launched as ZenBusiness Money this fall. The deal expands the ZenBusiness service offering by combining Joust’s integrated suite of simple, easy-to-use, enterprise quality financial tools with the company’s already fast-growing all-in-one micro business platform.

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According to a survey conducted by Sensibill, 51% of solopreneurs in the U.S. do not use a business bank account and co-mingle their business and personal finances. On average, these micro businesses use more than 10 separate financial products in order to run their business. The launch of ZenBusiness Money provides critically important financial products that streamline how America’s growing population of entrepreneurs manage their business finances. With the click of a button, micro business founders now have access to an all-in-one suite of modern accounting tools that allow them to scale the sophistication of their business without complicating it.

“The acquisition of Joust and upcoming launch of ZenBusiness Money furthers our mission to provide the nation’s 57 million micro businesses with exceptional and friendly tools that simplify the process of forming and running their business,” said Ross Buhrdorf, CEO & Co-Founder of  ZenBusiness. “We are excited to welcome the world-class fintech experience the entire Joust team brings to the ZenBusiness family as we continue to grow the features of our platform.”

Launched in 2017, Joust was designed specifically to address the financial needs of micro businesses and provide small business entrepreneurs who did not have a business bank account with a robust financial toolkit. ZenBusiness Money will provide a full suite of business banking solutions typically reserved for large companies and integrate seamlessly within the ZenBusiness product ecosystem.

Meeting The Financial Needs Of Micro Business Entrepreneurs

ZenBusiness Money’s intuitive platform will provide entrepreneurs with a simple, all-inclusive toolkit that features invoicing and payments solutions, and merchant services. The company has also planned a robust product roadmap to ensure the financial needs of micro business entrepreneurs are continuously met.

"We believe ALL entrepreneurs should have access to the same banking services reserved for large companies," said Lamine Zarrad, former CEO & Co-Founder of Joust, and now heading up all Financial Services at ZenBusiness. “By bringing our financial tools to the ZenBusiness platform, we will quickly scale up and empower even the smallest businesses by simplifying and strengthening their daily operations while protecting their interests.”

As observed after the 2008 financial crisis, economic uncertainty changes the fabric of the American workforce as many people, whether forced or unforced, turn to entrepreneurship in order to take control of their financial future. Similarly, COVID-19 has driven a new wave of independent entrepreneurs as the pandemic has created unemployment levels comparable to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Since Q1 2020, ZenBusiness has observed a 100% increase in membership on its platform as a new wave of independent entrepreneurs look to get started, simplify their corporate formation, and pursue their dreams.

By 2027 more than 50% of the country’s workforce is expected to freelance in some capacity and ZenBusiness provides these entrepreneurs with the tools to form, manage, and operate their business with peace of mind. The company’s cutting-edge platform leverages the latest in machine learning and automation to replace the cumbersome and expensive processes of corporate formation, as well as ongoing legal compliance, business operating functions, website, mobile, email, domain and now finance. Customers turn to ZenBusiness for their best in class price, product, and service.

ZenBusiness’ mission is to simplify the process of business formation and provide a simple all-in-one platform that enables entrepreneurs with the products and support they need to start, run, and grow their business all in one place. By bringing a new suite of financial tools onto the platform, ZenBusiness can now service even more of the needs of the nation’s growing population of micro businesses

About ZenBusiness

ZenBusiness offers an online platform that makes it easy to create, manage and grow a small business.

About Joust

Joust is the nation's only all-inclusive banking platform for independent professionals.  For more information, visit Joust’s website at https://joustbank.com

Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of ValueWalk.com, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at)www.valuewalk.com - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver
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