This is Joust

We are business banking for the new workforce. For innovators. For originators. For makers. For doers.

We are on a mission to make finances easier for freelancers, contractors, and the self-employed. We take care of the finances so you can focus on your business passions.

What's in a Name?

Freelance professionals are our key demographic, so we looked into the history of the word “freelance.” The term “free lances” refers to a real phenomenon of unaffiliated medieval soldiers. Hence, Joust.

Our Co-Founders

Lamine Zarrad

Chief Executive Officer

Lamine has served as a U.S. Marine, an advisor at Merrill Lynch, and a bank examiner with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. His passion for supporting the underserved led him to found Joust.

George Kurtyka

Chief Operations Officer

George’s extensive background in banking and growth includes serving as the Head of Business Development at Simple, as well as driving strategy at leading companies such as Samsung, Nokia, JP Morgan Chase, and PayPal.

The People Behind Joust

Joust is built by independent professionals. We understand the pain points and rewards involved in being a self-employed worker. It influences everything we do.

Bass Bauman

Director of Finance

Heather Lunde

Head of Customer Success

Vicki Apodaca

Head of Marketing & Communications

Jenaya McGowan

VP of People & Culture

Chris Griffith

Senior Mobile Engineer

Matthew Jacobs

Senior Software Engineer

Patrick Walters

Senior Software Engineer

Rachel Wetz

Compliance Analyst

Sid Kannan

Data Scientist

Guiding Principle

To provide all entrepreneurs, no matter how small, with the same business banking reserved for large companies.

Our Members

We serve thousands of hard-working entrepreneurs around the country.

Start getting paid today with Joust.


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Our Partners

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