About Bench

Bench is the largest online bookkeeping service in North America. This five-year-old, design-focused tech company offers a combination of custom-built software and professional online bookkeepers to organize the financials of small businesses. Bench employs 250 brilliant humans (and a few dogs) at its HQ in Vancouver, BC. Bench has raised $53 million in funding since its launch in 2012.

Founding Bench

Ian Crosby, Co-Founder & CEO

Twitter @ianwcrosby “There’s no such thing as boring industries, just boring companies.”

The 31-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Bench was a university student by age 16. He has worked as a bookkeeper and a treasurer at various companies and was the first management consultant at Bain & Company to be recruited from the West Coast, before launching Bench. He’s passionate about steering education more towards technology and doesn’t shy away from discussing the future of banking.

Ian has appeared on a few 30-Under-30 lists, topping the prestigious 2016 Forbes’ Top 30-Under-30 list, in the Enterprise Technology category. He and his wife currently reside in Vancouver with their three-year-old daughter, Ella and newborn son, Miles.

Life at Bench

Bench strives to support people in living their best lives. It’s a key concept behind both the services they provide and the way Benchmates work together. To this end, they put their collective thoughts to paper, and created two resources that truly reflect Bench-life, and the core values that guide them.

Why the name Bench?

The name Bench was appealing both for its metaphor and historic connection to finance. In renaissance Italy, where modern banking practices emerged, banking would be conducted in open air markets from the banca. Banca being italian for Bench, and the root word for bank.