Xero has moved into a deeper relationship with Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. The partnership will enable startups to have more control over their financial data in a secure environment and get investor ready so they can access the capital they require to scale.
Xero and Silicon Valley Bank customers now will benefit from a more automated banking experience for their mutual customers. This direct integration, with a seamless do-it-yourself set up process so entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners, together with their trusted advisors, can better manage their daily bank reconciliation activities and understand cash flow in real time.
With more reliable and timely financial information, founders and business owners can make smarter business decisions by getting an accurate and comprehensive view of their finances without the hassle and costly mistakes caused by out-of-date cash flow balances.
"Today’s alignment is evolving how technology companies and banks can collaborate so the customer wins." – Keri Gohman, President, Xero Americas
For startups, the new Xero integration can help them get investor ready, enabling them to simply and quickly compile high-integrity financial data so that investors can get a clear, up-to-date view on how the startup is tracking and the company’s true financial position.
Available immediately to Silicon Valley Bank clients, this direct integration leverages SVB’s Direct Connect OFX platform so data can be securely transmitted at a continuous, rapid pace. This innovation will help clients get paid faster and ease the capital access woes many small business owners face.
“By building a direct connection, we will have a more robust and secure connection to customer accounts between Silicon Valley Bank and Xero," said Xero Americas President, Keri Gohman. "By automating the flow of financial information, entrepreneurs, startups, and the bankers, accountants and bookkeepers who serve them, can improve daily productivity while benefiting from real-time information to help them make better business decisions.”
Gohman said that for a long time, many financial institutions have leveraged third-party aggregators to provide access to bank feed data, a methodology that is not always a beautiful experience.
"Today’s alignment is evolving how technology companies and banks can collaborate so the customer wins," she said.
Already working with more than 110 financial institutions around the world, Xero is committed to working alongside banks to ensure customers have more secure access to their banking data. This will enable them to get paid faster, access capital when they need it and make more sound business decisions with the right insights at their fingertips.
Megan Minich, SVB’s Head of Product Development and Channel Delivery, said the integration will be a major plus for its clients. “At SVB, we want our clients to be able to focus on their business, not how they get their financial data from point A to point B."
Minich said the integration with Xero delivers clients their data, where they want it, when they want it, leveraging a reliable, scalable and more secure technology. "Together we are able to help our mutual clients streamline their processes and communication with their partners and investors.”