The ClearCheckbook Story

ClearCheckbook began as a simple solution to a frustrating problem - an application developed by a web-savvy college kid, in order to manage his finances and balance his checkbook. Brandon O'Brien created a website that ran locally on his computer, so that he could differentiate between what money he thought he had in his checking account, and what money he actually had in his checking account. He learned very quickly that the money he was seeing "live" in his checking account, wasn't jiving with the actual money he was spending - writing checks, paying bills, late nights out, etc. Brandon took balancing his checkbook to the next step - online, real-time, and with greater functionality than Microsoft Excel, and cheaper (read: free) than Quicken, or similar products.

After a little over a year of using this site only for himself, Brandon began sharing his checkbook balancing skills with interested and like parties. Brandon posted a few screenshots to an online blog as an example of what was helping him manage his finances, and he was astounded with the response; so many people wanted to know where to access his easy and user-friendly checkbook balancing tool. Brandon spent about a week coming up with a name for the site, layout and updating the site to allow for anyone to use. ClearCheckbook went live to the world on May 20, 2006 and became an instant success. Since that day, ClearCheckbook has grown rapidly through three major versions and continues to update and enhance the site capabilities regularly.

Brandon strongly believes that everyone should have an easy and accessible tool that allows them to be in control of their own finances - for free. ClearCheckbook is a site that is easy to use, understand, and interact with for everyone - regardless of technical ability. Brandon believes that managing and taking control of your own finances should be a right, not a privilege. Knowledge and ownership of one's own finances should be effortless for everyone. ClearCheckbook continues to exemplify and adhere to this objective as a tool that enables the user to control and have ownership of their finances - easily, inexpensively, and without headache.

The ClearCheckbook Team

Brandon O'Brien
CEO and Founder of ClearCheckbook
As CEO and Founder of ClearCheckbook, Brandon essentially lives, eats and breathes all things ClearCheckbook related. Brandon graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Computer Graphics Technology with a specialization in Interactive Multimedia, while minoring in Computer Programming. Prior to pursuing ClearCheckbook full-time, Brandon worked for several privately-owned companies in various facets such as Lead Web Developer, Programming and Graphic Design. Brandon has been the brains and functionality behind ClearCheckbook since he first launched it online in 2006. Brandon was determined to strike out on his own with ClearCheckbook, and was successfully able to complete that dream in September of 2009, when he quit his "real job" to pursue ClearCheckbook and its parent organization SiliconTrance, LLC full time.

In his (limited) spare time, he enjoys cycling, photography, running, the outdoors, and spending time traveling around the Southwest USA and overseas.
Eric Johney
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer at, Eric Johney oversees the company's technological architecture at all levels. Eric is the go-to guy for questions about the server, SQL and PHP optimization, CheckBot interactions and anything else tech related. Johney has over 10 years of web development experience; holding several development positions, including his current position as a freelance PHP developer. Passionate about technological possibilities, Johney strives to incorporate new and exciting technology to Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University.

Eric is currently located in Los Angeles, California. He is a Web Programmer for Internet Brands.
Maralyn Beck
Chief Communications Officer
Maralyn joined the ClearCheckbook team in September of 2009. As Chief Communications Officer, Maralyn is responsible for raising public awareness and ensuring that people seeking help in managing and gaining control of their finances, are familiar with all of the many benefits that ClearCheckbook has to offer them. Maralyn is the Community Manager of the ClearCheckbook team. She stays on top of Twitter, Facebook, and all money related trends to ensure that the customers, clients and users of ClearCheckbook continue to drive the direction and success of ClearCheckbook.

When not working on ClearCheckbook, Maralyn owns her own company, Digital Communication Strategies, specializing in building brands through digital education. Maralyn is the founder of the New Mexico Interactive Marketing Association, and is on the board of New Mexico Public Relations Society of America. Maralyn holds a Master's degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University, and a BA from the University of New Mexico. In her spare time, Maralyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and trying out new IPAs. She also spends time learning how to manage her finances and balancing her checkbook first-hand through the resources of ClearCheckbook.

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