2-10x mobile speedups, live flight status, Bill.com, DropBox, accounting love

David Barrett —  December 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Thanks for helping us test our trips feature! At this point I think we have pretty solid coverage of domestic and international flights — just forward your airline reservations to receipts@expensify.com and we’ll present a tidy itinerary overview in the “Trips” view of the mobile app. Not only that: 

– Live flight status updates! Basically what TripIt Pro provides, but for free. Check the Trips view on the mobile app and it’ll show the latest on-time/delay status. We’ll also email you a reminder before the flight, notify you if your flight is delayed, and — best of all — create your full expense report in one click after you return from your business trip. Expensify + Trips = Total expense report automation.

– Massive mobile speedups! Everything is 2x faster for iPhone, and probably 10x faster for Android. And lots more of that on the way.

– Multi-level tagging! We can now support pretty much any accounting standard for companies of any size, but especially for those under a thousand employees:


– Commercial card reconciliation! For employees with centrally-paid commercial cards who have no natural motivation to submit their expenses, now you can centrally reconcile reported versus actual expenses:


– Bill.com integration! If you reimburse reports through Bill.com or just prefer their approval workflow, now we’ve got you covered:


– Import from DropBox! We love your receipts, no matter where they are:

I’m not really into the whole “year in review” thing, but if I were, I’d say this: 2012 was all about the back-end. We migrated over to three new huge datacenters, dramatically cleaned up a lot of internal code, improved quality across the board, expanded our bank import internationally, and generally knocked out a ton of small showstopper features (mostly on the accounting side) to make Expensify work for any company under 1000 employees (and a surprising number of companies far bigger than that). To an outside observer — especially a US-based non-accountant — it might seem as if little has changed.

But 2013 is when we really begin showing off the fruits of our labor. This SmartReports beta is going *really* well (thanks for your patience; demand has been overwhelming) and by this time next year, Excel should be a distant memory for you, regardless of whether your company uses Expensify overall. We’ve got some tremendous UI and UX improvements planned, major enhancements underway (especially for the “solopreneurs” and independent contractors in the crowd), and more than a few big surprises teed-up.

So if 2012 was about back end structural improvements, 2013 is all about the front-end: about making it not just “not suck”, but pretty freakin’ incredible. Stay tuned!

Founder and CEO of Expensify

PS: BusinessInsider posted great write up of our trip to Thailand with tons of photos; thanks Owen!


David Barrett


Founder of Expensify, destroyer of expense reports, and savior to frustrated employees worldwide.

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