What are the most startup-friendly banks?

Tony Rajakumar Founder/CEO at SnugBoo

February 10th, 2013

I need to set up an account for my company, and I was wondering what a good
startup-friendly bank might be. Mainly one that doesn't spin the fees and
offering quick set up. I'm in the Bay Area and have used Silicon Valley
Bank before. They're good, but I think they're more than what I need at
this point. Any other options?

Michael Vitale Strategic Partnerships @ Rho Business Banking

December 15th, 2020

Have you checked out Rho?

Best in class UI, zero fees, flexible credit underwriting, etc

Jessica Alter Entrepreneur & Advisor

February 12th, 2013

I\'ve literally had the worst experience ever with Wells Fargo - avoid them
at all costs. Literally, has been a huge time suck and we\'re moving away
from them.
SVB is more expensive but they understand startups and what you don\'t want
to be doing is spending hrs on the phone each week with a bank.

AJAY BAM Ceo and Co-founder at Vyrill Inc

February 13th, 2013

Here is what I got today about setting up a bank account from SVB as part of
their startup program. Looks straightforward to me.


Max Avroutski Building EV Charging & Electric Energy Access company

February 13th, 2013

That reminds me of my�experience�with WF\'s merchant account back in the late1990s, but that may have changed by now or maybe gotten worse. About 6-12 month after I closed the�account�I got bill for thousands of bogus�chargebacks.
Some banks started to offer an�awesome�feature: check deposit via sending them image of a check. No more going to a branch to deposit checks. If you have or�planning�to have checks then that will save you a lot of time.

Max Avroutski

Brendan Duffy Product Manager

February 13th, 2013

I had a terrible experience with WF as well.

Brian Co Product Development at InsideTrack

February 11th, 2013

I highly recommend Silicon Valley Bank. They have a program specifically
for startups:

> Brian Co

Nikhil Singhal Experienced Technology Executive, Technical Advisor, Agile Coach and Leader

February 12th, 2013

That is a very good question Max.

IMHO, a startup bank should have at least the following:
1. Free checking
2. Bill pay
3. Credit card
4. Low (or no) fees
5. Online account management
6. Account delegation and shared access

Not sure about the following, but how does it work when you start getting
angel and VC funding?

Would love to hear what people have observed in a "good, startup friendly"

From: []
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Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:29 PM
To: Jessica Alter; Ryan Selkis
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Subject: Re: [FD Members] Startup-friendly bank

HSBC has free business accounts, ATM cards, online account management, many
locations, card charges are not seen online till a day later though, but I
can live with that.

TD Bank (previously Commerce) even better on customer side but you have to
keep some money in the account to get no fees.

Besides free business checking what qualifies as a startup friendly bank?

Derek Dukes Business Development, Startups at Amazon Web Services

February 10th, 2013

- Competitive rates (compared with wells / bofa)
- Personal banker relationship
- Helpful and solutions oriented
- Flexible based on the needs of a startup as opposed to some of the larger
banks where they system rules are more set
- ATM fee credits (because they have a small number of actual ATMs)
- Can also work with you if you need personal banking (home re-fi)
- Can puck up / drop off checks at your office

Those where the things that stood out. Basically, you need a place where
you\'ve got a personal relationship with your banker, if you can\'t get that
from a big bank then you go with someone who actually needs your business.

- d

Tony Rajakumar Founder/CEO at SnugBoo

February 14th, 2013

Forgot to add: I\'m not sure why the widespread branches would matter for a
business account.

Most of the money in was either electronic or wires, and so were the
payments. We almost never had to go to the actual branch, and we never used
the ATM to get money out of the business account. They did issue credit
cards secured against the cash on hand, which is what we ran the spending
on if needed. Typically, it was easier to spend on a personal card and
submit expenses for reimbursement.

BTW, anyone have experience with Ally business banking?

Aleksandra Czajka Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack

February 11th, 2013

Thanks, Derek! I will need to set up a bank account as well. Will check out
First Republic.