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TruckSmarter raises $25M to grow owner-operator ‘ecosystem’

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Sep 27, 2022

TruckSmarter Platform for Drivers

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Written by Grace Sharkey

‍Company plans to use investment to expand finance solutions for drivers

‍Digital trucking platform TruckSmarter announced it has closed a $25 million Series B funding round led by Thrive Capital with participation from Bain Capital, FJ Labs, Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz and Fin Capital to continue building on its dedicated platform for owner-operator functions.

‍Since 2021, the company has raised $44 million from many investors in the latest round and other industry angel investors including Ryan Petersen (Flexport), Tony Xu (DoorDash), Eric Glyman (Ramp), and Jett McCandless and Jason Duboe (project44).

‍What attracted these investors and industry tycoons is the straightforward, driver-centric approach the co-founders, CEO Daniel Kao and CTO Paolo Bernasconi, have chosen to build out their FreightTech solution.

‍“Since the beginning, we have put the needs of the truck driver first. Not just from a large carrier perspective but through the eyes of the owner-operator — the entrepreneur,” Kao told FreightWaves. “So let’s go and meet the [driver] where they are and build a platform for them. As a result, we have continued to scale without carrying acquisition costs and by building the business organically.”

To meet these small carrier needs, the digital platform provides users with access to the company’s free load board with loads from vetted sources and factoring services with 1.5% nonrecourse month-to-month terms, which TruckSmarter pulls its revenue from.

With its new capital, TruckSmarter looks to soon add more finance and banking tools to its “driver ecosystem,” says Kao.

“This has been an opportunistic round for us. We haven’t even spent our seed money when we raised this round and we continue to see quite a bit of growth through our platform,” said Kao. “Our goal now is to stay laser-focused on the key problems that our truck drivers see every single day and build the right solutions for them within our ecosystem.”

When it comes to scaling the number of users, Kao believes word-of-mouth will continue to accelerate TruckSmarter’s user count.

“Let’s have drivers talk to us organically because we feel a lot of drivers get their information through trusted drivers in their community — a community we are excited to now be a part of,” said Kao.

The investors share the owner-operators’ excitement about having TruckSmarter in their communities.

‍“TruckSmarter is on track to serve over 100,000 truckers in the U.S. this year, evidence of the company’s powerful value proposition,” said Matias Van Thienen, partner at Founders Fund. “Their truck-first mentality is the right approach to win the highly fragmented road freight industry.”

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*TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services are provided by Thread Bank, Member FDIC and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A, Member FDIC. Deposits are FDIC-insured through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa Debit Card is issued by Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa USA Inc. Your funds are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.; Member FDIC.

**Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 3.27% is effective as of 11/01/2023. This is a variable rate and may change after the account is opened. Minimum opening deposit is $100 and you must maintain an average balance of $1,000 to earn the stated Annual Percentage Yield. Fees could affect earnings on the account. TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services provided by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A or Thread Bank, Members FDIC. ; Member FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa® Debit Card is issued by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A. and Thread Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

***Your deposits qualify for up to $3,000,000 in FDIC insurance coverage when placed at program banks in the Thread Bank deposit sweep program. Your deposits at each program bank become eligible for FDIC insurance up to $250,000, inclusive of any other deposits you may already hold at the bank in the same ownership capacity. You can access the terms and conditions of the sweep program at https://go.thread.bank/sweepdisclosure and a list of program banks at https://go.thread.bank/programbanks. Please contact customerservice@thread.bank with questions regarding the sweep program.

****Terms and conditions apply to the TruckSmarter cash back rewards program. Please see Program Terms for details.

TruckSmarter Logo Asphalt Grey Footer

*TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services are provided by Thread Bank, Member FDIC and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A, Member FDIC. Deposits are FDIC-insured through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa Debit Card is issued by Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa USA Inc. Your funds are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.; Member FDIC.

**Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 3.27% is effective as of 11/01/2023. This is a variable rate and may change after the account is opened. Minimum opening deposit is $100 and you must maintain an average balance of $1,000 to earn the stated Annual Percentage Yield. Fees could affect earnings on the account. TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services provided by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A or Thread Bank, Members FDIC. ; Member FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa® Debit Card is issued by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A. and Thread Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

***Your deposits qualify for up to $3,000,000 in FDIC insurance coverage when placed at program banks in the Thread Bank deposit sweep program. Your deposits at each program bank become eligible for FDIC insurance up to $250,000, inclusive of any other deposits you may already hold at the bank in the same ownership capacity. You can access the terms and conditions of the sweep program at https://go.thread.bank/sweepdisclosure and a list of program banks at https://go.thread.bank/programbanks. Please contact customerservice@thread.bank with questions regarding the sweep program.

****Terms and conditions apply to the TruckSmarter cash back rewards program. Please see Program Terms for details.

TruckSmarter Logo Asphalt Grey Footer

*TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services are provided by Thread Bank, Member FDIC and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A, Member FDIC. Deposits are FDIC-insured through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa Debit Card is issued by Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa USA Inc. Your funds are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.; Member FDIC.

**Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 3.27% is effective as of 11/01/2023. This is a variable rate and may change after the account is opened. Minimum opening deposit is $100 and you must maintain an average balance of $1,000 to earn the stated Annual Percentage Yield. Fees could affect earnings on the account. TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services provided by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A or Thread Bank, Members FDIC. ; Member FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa® Debit Card is issued by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A. and Thread Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

***Your deposits qualify for up to $3,000,000 in FDIC insurance coverage when placed at program banks in the Thread Bank deposit sweep program. Your deposits at each program bank become eligible for FDIC insurance up to $250,000, inclusive of any other deposits you may already hold at the bank in the same ownership capacity. You can access the terms and conditions of the sweep program at https://go.thread.bank/sweepdisclosure and a list of program banks at https://go.thread.bank/programbanks. Please contact customerservice@thread.bank with questions regarding the sweep program.

****Terms and conditions apply to the TruckSmarter cash back rewards program. Please see Program Terms for details.

TruckSmarter Logo Asphalt Grey Footer

*TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services are provided by Thread Bank, Member FDIC and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A, Member FDIC. Deposits are FDIC-insured through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa Debit Card is issued by Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Members FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa USA Inc. Your funds are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through Thread Bank and Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.; Member FDIC.

**Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 3.27% is effective as of 11/01/2023. This is a variable rate and may change after the account is opened. Minimum opening deposit is $100 and you must maintain an average balance of $1,000 to earn the stated Annual Percentage Yield. Fees could affect earnings on the account. TruckSmarter is a financial technology company and is not a bank. Banking services provided by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A or Thread Bank, Members FDIC. ; Member FDIC. The TruckSmarter Visa® Debit Card is issued by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A. and Thread Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.

***Your deposits qualify for up to $3,000,000 in FDIC insurance coverage when placed at program banks in the Thread Bank deposit sweep program. Your deposits at each program bank become eligible for FDIC insurance up to $250,000, inclusive of any other deposits you may already hold at the bank in the same ownership capacity. You can access the terms and conditions of the sweep program at https://go.thread.bank/sweepdisclosure and a list of program banks at https://go.thread.bank/programbanks. Please contact customerservice@thread.bank with questions regarding the sweep program.

****Terms and conditions apply to the TruckSmarter cash back rewards program. Please see Program Terms for details.