Banking needs a force for good.

We help you make progress with your money.

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Banking for all

Every person, regardless of net worth, should be treated fairly by a bank that wants them to succeed.

We mean every person. Varo has no tolerance for discrimination—not based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, or any other basis of discrimination. Everyone is welcome at Varo today, and everyone will be welcome tomorrow.

We believe...

…banks should be a force for good.
And they should help people live better lives.

We believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
And that net worth does not equal self-worth.

We believe your bank should be in your corner.
And should never make money by taking advantage of you.

We believe your bank should help you make progress.
And be totally transparent.

We actually help.

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How we make money

We don’t charge many fees. So how do we keep the lights on?

Every time you use your Varo Visa® Debit Card, the merchant pays us a small percentage of the transaction. We also make money from our partners when you take advantage of their offers. To get to where we are now, we’ve raised funds from investors who believe in our mission to help everyone improve their financial life.

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A word from our founder.

“We’re building a bank from the ground up to improve the financial health of our customers through better technology and total transparency.

From the start, our team has paired banking veterans with tech experts to build a mobile-only bank account that makes smart financial choices easy.”

— Colin Walsh, CEO and Co-Founder

Varo leadership

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Deep Varma
Technology
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Marina Gracias
Legal
Carolyn Feinstein
Marketing, Growth, Design
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Jakub Jurek
Data
Pepe Porrata
Operations
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May O’Neal
People
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Thibault Fulconis
Finance
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Wesley Wright
Commercial & Product
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Philippa Girling
Risk
Lisa Violet
Audit
Shishir Singhania
Lending

America's first digital consumer bank

Varo was founded to make a powerful impact on systemic financial inequality that Americans have experienced for generations—and Varo’s founders knew that to tackle this head on, we needed to be a chartered national bank. This was a truly trailblazing strategy—no charter had ever been issued to a consumer fintech.

After a three year quest, Varo was the first US consumer fintech to receive a national bank charter from the OCC. The national bank charter allows Varo to deploy its proprietary, cutting-edge technology and directly innovate across a range of financial products to improve the financial health of the millions of Americans who have been overlooked and underserved by the traditional financial system.

Timeline

2020

August

Official opening of Varo Bank, N.A.

June

OCC approval for national bank charter

May

Series D Close

February

FDIC approval for deposit insurance

January

Varo 2 Varo Launch

2019

August

No Fee Overdraft Launch
Web browser channel launch

April

Series C Close

2018

December

Android Launch

August

Received preliminary approval from OCC for national bank charter

March

Salt Lake City office opening

January

Series B Close

2017

July

Filed for national bank charter with the OCC Varo Savings Account Launched

June

iOS public launch

2016

December

First customers join Varo in our Beta on iOS

April

Series A Close

2015

October

Varo is founded in San Francisco

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