Brittany Hamilton at Bench #Vancouver

Updated: Jan 1, 2020


Brittany Hamilton, Director of Operations at Bench

LEADING LADY IN FINTECH

What's your story? What drew you to FinTech?

When I was in university my plan was to earn my CPA, work at a local accounting firm, and follow a traditional career path and then I found Bench. As a child of small business owners, I had seen first-hand the impact of a lack of accessible and affordable accounting services for entrepreneurs. I remember my mom staying up late at the kitchen table, pouring over receipts for hours and I could see that Bench was solving a real problem. With a service like Bench, entrepreneurs would not need to worry about their bookkeeping at all. I wanted to be a part of that. I guess I could say that Bench drew me to FinTech.


Since then, my perspective of FinTech has broadened. Entrepreneurs and small business owners make up a significant part of the economy - 99% of employer businesses in the United States are classified as small businesses. That’s 27.9 million small businesses! Helping those businesses thrive will have an enormous impact on the economy. Beyond what is already available today from Bench and other FinTech companies, I imagine a future where people have the resources at their fingertips to launch a company, from banking services and lending to tax and compliance. How different might the world look if turning