closes $8.5m venture financing round

Source:, the leader in online bill management and payment for accounting firms and small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced the closing of an $8.5 million venture financing round, bringing total investment in the company to more than $17 million.

The latest investment round is led by August Capital, the first venture investor in PayCycle, the leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) payroll company started by CEO and founder René Lacerte. PayCycle was acquired by Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) last month for $170 million. DCM, an investor in both and PayCycle, as well as previous investor Emergence Capital also participated in the financing alongside several members of the management team and other individual investors. With the closing of the investment David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital has joined the company's board of directors.

"We are very excited to announce this investment which is a testament to the value we bring our customers and the tremendous growth we have experienced this past year," said Lacerte. "August Capital, DCM and Emergence Capital have long track records of identifying big opportunities and backing market leaders including Microsoft, Intuit,, Neutral Tandem and In particular, I look forward to continuing my work with David Hornik, who backed me at PayCycle nine years ago and is a great advocate for SaaS business solutions for SMBs. The new capital will greatly enhance's expansion as we continue to revolutionize the way businesses manage and pay bills."'s SaaS applications automate paperless bill management and payment while synchronizing with accounting systems from QuickBooks and Intacct. In July 2009, introduced ePayments, a new payment method that seamlessly integrates to's bill management service and lets SMBs pay any employee, individual or vendor, regardless of size, via direct deposit rather than with paper checks. The new electronic payment service has the potential to save SMBs and their vendors considerable time and money. is also transforming the way accounting firms offer outsourced services through its strategic partnership with CPA2Biziz, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the exclusive provider of to the accounting profession.

"Consumers love online bill payment but so far the trend has not caught on with small businesses because no company has created a seamless solution that takes care of bill management and payments while integrating with accounting software," said David Hornik. "We see leading the way for small businesses to move bill management and payment to the web in the same way that Paytrust and others have led it for consumers. is a game changer and the market for's service is enormous."

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