Bento has beautiful and impactful expense management solutions designed for small and medium sized businesses. By freeing up the administrative and financial burden of running a business, our mission is to enable small business owners to focus more on their business, save money, and spend more time with their loved ones.
Before co-founding Bento for Business, Farhan was a Managing Director at Barclays and prior to that the Global Head of Emerging Payments and Prepaid for Discover Financial Services. He has also held significant leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, Bank One, and FirstUSA. As an entrepreneur, he has built 2 successful businesses: Chase HealthAdvance, an independent healthcare business within JPMorgan Chase, and Aceva Technologies, the first company in the U.S. to offer real time promotional financing products to online retailers. Farhan holds a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and currently lives with his family in Chicago.
Sean brought to Bento his experience working with companies large and small to build complex eco-systems in payments, financial technology, transit, and healthcare. Most recently, as Senior Director of Emerging Products at Blackhawk Network, he built and launched their open API platform, launched an offers platform, and developed a prepaid processing platform that generated over 7MM cards in the first 6 months. Sean holds Bachelors degrees in physics and economics from Stanford University and a Masters in computer science from Wright State University. He and his family live in Oakland, CA.
Paula brings to Bento her extensive experience in driving value-generating strategies, processes, systems and pivotal transactions with investors and commercial partners. She has advised and led technology, manufacturing and service businesses through funding to strategic sale in partnership with private equity and venture capital firms. Prior to Bento, Paula served as Chief Financial Officer at Networked Insights, a data analytics SaaS business backed by Goldman Sachs and acquired by American Family Insurance in December 2017. Paula lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two children and retired greyhound. She enjoys active vacations with her family, relishes a good book and avidly supports music education.
Tracy brings to Bento a proven track record in launching transformational brand strategies and driving rapid growth in marketing services revenue for B2B businesses. A leading-edge student of “disruptive innovation,” Tracy has led marketing teams at global Fortune 500 companies while championing ideas that stretch boundaries, mobilize teams, drive change and deliver revenue. She most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at Renaissance Learning, an education software company that sold to Francisco Partners in May 2018. Tracy lives in the midwest and, when not baking cakes, is making her way through all the U.S. National Parks.
Jeff has spent the better part of the last two decades building innovative commerce and financial services products as an executive and as a founder. Prior to Bento, he was V.P. of Product Development for Blackhawk Network, where he led day-to-day product development. Jeff has a history of bringing great innovations to market, including the first of its kind virtual Visa payment method in 2000, and in 2015, a patent for his unique fraud prevention techniques, along with recognition by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging for his work. When Jeff is not living in Bento’s San Francisco office, he is spending time with his family.
Jonathan has spent the past decade building enterprise-class cloud services and distributed systems at companies ranging from start ups to some of the world’s largest. He has a history of building market-leading products from the ground up as well as architecting complex systems at companies such as Cisco and Citigroup. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Cloudwords, as well as the co-founder and CTO of LeadLedger. At Bento, he is focused on creating beautifully simple and useful financial services that are specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Jonathan lives in San Francisco.