In the last six years, the corporate charge card market (see definition below) has seen the launch of 3 major digital players (Ramp in 2019, Brex in 2017, and Divvy in 2016) that are already multi-unicorns. In addition, Expensify (founded in 2008), went public late last year and is now worth $1.5B (though it was valued at nearly $5B shortly after its 10 Nov 2021 IPO).

Below is a list of the 17 challenger business credit cards currently active in the United States. Two have been acquired by large banks in 2021 (Capital One bought Lola and US Bancorp acquired Bento for Business) and will stay on this list as long as they operate as independent brands.

Challenger of the Month

Website (acquired by Bill.com) | HQ: Utah | Founded: 2016 | Valuation: $2.5B (June 2021 exit) | Raised $418M ($165M since Jan 2021) | Website visits (Sep 2022): 320,000 | Employees: 443 | Articles: 77 | Linkedin: 30,600 followers (717 employees)

Why do Divvy customers love it so much?

No annual fees    Flexible rewards    Free-to-use software platform    Stable credit lines   ✓ Automated expense management    As many physical & virtual cards as you need    Budgets with built-in spend controls    Real-time transaction tracking   Integrations with apps you use everyday

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The FAB Score Ranking (Fintech Attention Barometer) is a proxy for the size of a private fintech company.


Leading USA Digital Small Business Charge Cards (updated 5 Jan 2023)
ranked by FAB score (Fintech Attention Barometer*)

Rank Was Company FAB Score* Review Date Founded HQ Funding ($M)** Visits (Nov 22)
AD*** Divvy (Bill.com) 194 5 Jan ’23 2016 Utah $418 370,000
1 1 Ramp 864 5 Jan ’23 2019 NYC $1,360 980,000
2 2 Expensify 500 5 Jan ’23 2008 SF $401 1,600,000
3 3 Jeeves 210 5 Jan ’23 2019 NYC $368 120,000
4 4 Divvy (Bill.com) 194 5 Jan ’23 2016 Utah $418 370,000
5 5 Airbase 130 5 Jan ’23 2017 SF $252 65,000
6 6 Bonsai 111 5 Jan ’23 2016 0.1 550000
7 7 Tribal Credit 73 5 Jan ’23 2016 SF $143 20,000
8 13 Teampay 41 5 Jan ’23 2016 NYC $80 36,000
9 8 Center 40 5 Jan ’23 2018 Bellevue, WA $70 17,000
10 9 Karat 33 5 Jan ’23 2019 SF $46 39,000
11 10 (t) PEX Card 24 5 Jan ’23 2007 NYC $5 150,000
12 10 (t) Bento for Business (US Bank) 23 5 Jan ’23 2014 SF $25 93,000
13 12 Lola (Capital One) 15 5 Jan ’23 2015 Boston $82 15,000
14(t) 14 Dash.fi (was FunnelDash) 4 5 Jan ’23 2016 Austin $4 8,500
14(t) 15(t) Profit (was Swipedom) 4 5 Jan ’23 2019 NYC $1 0
14(t) 15(t) Comcard 4 5 Jan ’23 2019 LA $0 0

Source: Compiled by FintechLabs, 5 Jan 2023, from Crunchbase, SEMrush, SimilarWeb
“Was” = rank on 24 Oct 2022

Notes:

*FAB score = Fintech Attention Barometer, a proprietary measure of company size calculated by Fintech Labs. Inputs primarily include funding, website traffic and employee count.
**Funding includes both equity and debt amounts (millions of U.S. dollars)
***FintechLabs may receive referral revenues from issuers which does not impact their FAB score but does impact their placement on the site

Definition: Charge cards require the balance to be paid in full each month; credit cards allow the balance to be rolled over, often at a relatively high interest rate).


Profiles: Challenger SMB Charge Card Issuers

1. Ramp
FAB Score = 864 (unchanged since Aug 2022)
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2019
– Valuation: $8.1B (based on Feb 2022 round) <<< Highest
– Raised $1.4B total <<< Highest
–  Raised $1.3B since Jan 2021 (Crunchbase) <<< Highest
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 980,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 402 (Pitchbook) <<< Highest
– Articles: 43 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 46,800 followers (472 employees)
G2: 4.7 (837 reviews)

2. Expensify
FAB Score = 500 (unchanged since Aug 22)
– HQ: SF
– Founded: 2008
– Raised $401M ($363 since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Market cap: $630M (NASDAQ:EXFY)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 1.6M (SimilarWeb) <<<< Highest
– Employees: 194 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 391 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 11,800 followers (179 employees)
TrustRadius: 8.2 (321 reviews) (Note: TrustPilot scores not valid at this time).

3. Jeeves
FAB Score = 210 (up 7)
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2018
– Raised $368M ($363M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 120,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 237 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 14 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 15,800 followers (237 employees)
Trustpilot: 3.7 (34 reviews)

4. Divvy (acquired by Bill.com)
FAB Score = 194 (up 10)
– HQ: Utah
– Founded: 2016
– Valuation: $2.5B (June 2021 exit)
– Raised $418M ($165M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Sep 2022): 370,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 443 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 77 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 30,600 followers (717 employees)
Trustpilot: 2.7 (277 reviews)

5. Airbase 
FAB Score = 130 (down 3)
– HQ: SF
– Founded: 2017
– Raised $252M ($221M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Sep 2022): 65,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 273 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 180 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 36,100 followers (298 employees)
G2: 4.8 (1,163 reviews) <<< Highest

6. Bonsai
FAB Score = 111 (up 10)
– HQ: San Francisco
– Founded: 2016
– Raised: $120,000+
– Website traffic: 550,000 (Nov 2022, SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 34 (Pitchbook)
– Linkedin followers: 1,930
– Trustpilot score: 4.8 (210 reviews)

7. Tribal Credit
FAB Score = 73 (down 10)
– HQ: SF
– Founded: 2016
– Raised $143M ($134M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 20,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 400 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 14 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 22,000 followers (387 employees)
– Trustpilot: No reviews

8. TeamPay
FAB Score = 41 (up 31) <<< Biggest gainer
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2016
– Raised $79,8 (includes $58.8 since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visitors (Nov 2022): 36,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 100 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 6 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 3,200 followers (101 employees)
G2 rating: 4.3 (96 reviews)

9. Center
FAB Score = 40 (up 4)
– HQ: Bellevue, WA
– Founded: 2016
– Raised $69.3 including $64.3M since Jan 2021 (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 17,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 133 (Linkedin)
– Articles: 2 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 1,300 followers (133 employees)
G2: 4.6 (210 reviews)

10. Karat
FAB Score = 33 (unchanged since Oct)
– HQ: LA
– Founded: 2019
– Raised: $45.6 ($41 since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 39,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 51 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 4 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 3,500 followers (52 employees)
– Trustpilot: No reviews

11. PEX Card
FAB Score = 24 (up 2)
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2007
– Raised $4.9M ($0 in past 12 months) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Sep 2022): 150,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 92 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 2 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 6,400 followers (92 employees)
– Trustpilot: No reviews

12. Bento for Business (acquired by US Bank, Aug 2021)
 FAB Score = 23 (up 1)
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2007
– Raised $24.5M ($6M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Sep 2022): 93,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 32 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 42 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 1,600 followers (37 employees)
Trustpilot: 2.0 (102 reviews)

13. Lola (acquired by Capital One, 2021)
FAB Score = 15 (up 2) 
– HQ: Boston
– Founded: 2018
– Raised $81.7M (prior to 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (June 2022): 15,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 57 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 4 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 6,600 followers (13 employees)
Trustpilot: 4.1 (215 reviews) <<< Highest Trustpilot score

14 (tie). Dash.fi (was FunnelDash)
FAB Score = 4 (down 2)
– HQ: Austin
– Founded: 2016
– Raised $3.7 ($3.2M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (June 2022): 8,500 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 26 (LinkedIn)
– Articles: 0 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 290 followers (25 employees)
G2: 4.5 (63 reviews)

14 (tie). Profit (was Swipedom)
FAB Score = 4 (unchanged)
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2019
– Raised $1.5M (including $1M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): INA (SEMrush)
– Employees: 11 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 4 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 260 followers (90 employees)
– Trustpilot: No reviews

14 (tie). Comcard
FAB Score = 4 (unchanged)
– HQ: LA
– Founded: 2019
– Raised $200k (prior to 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): INA (SEMrush)
– Employees: 4 (Linkedin)
– Articles: 1 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 90 followers (4 employees)
– Reviews: NA

 


Unranked (focusing on larger businesses, enterprises or cards as a service)

Brex 
– HQ: SF
– Founded: 2017
– Valuation: $12B (based on Oct 2021 round)
– Raised $1.46B ($725M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 1.1M (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 1,200 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 299 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 89,600 followers (1,335 employees)
Trustpilot: 3.6 (541 reviews)

Mercantile
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2021
– Raised $22M in 2022 (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Sep 2022): 630 (SEMrush)
– Articles: 4 (Crunchbase)
– Employees: 13 (LinkedIn) INA (Pitchbook)
Linkedin: 179 followers (13 employees)
– No Trustpilot profile

Rho
– HQ: NYC
– Founded: 2018
– Raised $205M ($200M since Jan 2021) (Crunchbase)
– Website visits (Nov 2022): 43,000 (SimilarWeb)
– Employees: 128 (Pitchbook)
– Articles: 21 (Crunchbase)
Linkedin: 4,000 followers (177 employees)
– Trustpilot: No reviews