Surely, there are many things that make human beings special, but if we are being honest, none do a better job of it than our ability to get better on a consistent basis. You see; when someone is able to grow in each and every situation, they, as a result, give themselves a fair shot at hitting upon some huge milestones. This is reflected well in whatever we have achieved so far, with one notable piece of representation coming from an idea called technology. Technology deserves a special mention here for reasons that go well beyond just its unprecedented skill-set. To contextualize the statement, we must also acknowledge how the creation used those skills to impact an entire spectrum, and consequentially, give us a whole new identity. Nevertheless, even after achieving so much in an unbelievably short time, technology will very much continue to bring the right goods to the table. This dynamic should, in fact, only become stronger on the back of a recent funding.
Balance, the leader in B2B marketplace and eCommerce payments, has successfully raised over $56 million in Series B financing. Led by Forerunner Ventures, the round saw further participation coming from the likes of Salesforce Ventures, Hubspot Ventures, Lyra Ventures, Gramercy Ventures, Shopify CMO Jeff Wisener, Faire CTO & co-founder Marcelo Cortes, Ribbit Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, Avid Ventures, Upwest, and Jibe. According to certain reports, Balance will use the newly-raised cash for bolstering customer acquisition, and to support that potential uptick in the clientele, the company will also grow its team across go-to-market, engineering, sales, customer success, product and engineering and operations. Talk about the plans to expand workforce, Balance hopes to hit the 100 employees’ mark by the end of 2022.
“From my time at PayPal, I realized no one was tapping into the opportunity to unlock the potential of B2B eCommerce and marketplaces payments,” said Bar Geron, who formerly worked at PayPal and is now the CEO and co-founder of Balance. “We’ve entered the fourth ‘Industrial Revolution’ that will take global trade online, creating a truly efficient market. Balance is bringing centuries-old systems into the modern-age through the power of digitization.”
Since starting out in 2021, Balance has worked alongside hundreds of B2B merchants and marketplaces, helping them facilitate a full-fledged digital transformation of their own. This list comprises of various industry leaders, including MaterialsXChange, ChemDirect, Abound, notch, and many more.
The reason behind Balance’s point of focus being so important talks to how, despite having a much bigger payment volume than B2C retail payments, only 7% of B2C payments are actually done online. The main catalyst here is, of course, an outdated structure. Hence, what Balance wants to do is offer a solution that can accommodate all the mainstream payment methods, while also offering net terms financing, and speedy payments.