Archives For November 30, 1999

Everything about our (mis)adventures, off shorings, job and hiring info, and company culture.

At the Expensify World Headquarters, you’ll often hear some employees talking about curling and it’s not always referring to the bash command.  Sometimes, we’re talking about the ice sport.  And to clarify, when I say “some employees” I mean me.  I started curling about a year ago and I’ve been annoying my coworkers about it ever since.  I recently took some Expensifiers curling to show them how awesome it is.  Continue Reading…

Here at Expensify, our team is as diverse as they come. One thing we have in common is that we absolutely love what we do. So much so that we oftentimes find ourselves practicing our passion for building even when not using our powers to make users happy.

You know that phenomenon- the spillover of creative energies that is manifest in the form of side projects: those small unexpected products that arise from weekends of pleasurable hacking and challenge seeking.

The benefits of having such side projects are well established. The plethora of blog posts out there usually have these oft-repeated, but sound points:

  1. Staying on Top of New Ideas in the Industry, a.k.a Employability
  2. Refreshing old skills
  3. Participating in a community – Open Source, Non-profits
  4. ???
  5. Profit!

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A modern interview sessionBased on the sudden spike in applications we’ve seen, there are a lot of people out there with New Year’s resolutions to make the jump.  Before you do, I’d recommend asking your employer-to-be the following questions:  Continue Reading…

Mothers Don’t Worry: We’re Family

 —  January 15, 2014 — 4 Comments
Nomming on pizza in Zagreb, Croatia.  Photo by Robert.

Nomming on pizza in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo by Robert.

When I moved to San Francisco in 2011 for Expensify, I was moving across the country to a city where I knew a whopping two people amongst a city of 825,000. Those two really adopted me at first and helped introduce me to a number of great people. However, being passionate about what I was doing had me working really late hours and so our schedules just never lined up.  Continue Reading…

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One cool perk of working in Silicon Valley is the surprisingly frequent, totally random, super awesome outing.  In this particular case, Oracle gave us one of their box suites for a Warriors game.  Basketball is one of the greatest sports to watch live.  But it’s even greater when you have your own private buffet, liquor cabinet, and access to a very extensive wine list.  (And on that last note, we were going to be reasonable by asking for the least expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, to which our Oracle host scoffed and pulled his finger down to the bottom of the list.  “We’ll have that one.”)

masterapprenticeI gave a talk this week at DreamForce called “The Entrepreneurial Instinct” (they picked the title) largely about the importance of trusting yourself and doing your own thing, and expanding on the ideas in this TechCrunch guest post.  One of the attendees wrote me with this question:

One thing I wanted to ask you was if I work in a company where I am not a senior level exec, capable of making the decision to experiment on ways to get our product to rapid adoption, how do I go about convincing them to just try something out?

Here’s how I responded:  Continue Reading…

Working in Croatia

 —  November 21, 2013 — 7 Comments

Some shots of us working (I swear we’re working) in Croatia from various, random locations.

Outside Dubrovnik

Outside Dubrovnik ( Credit Robert Chen )

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Expensify is unusual in many ways.  But one of our most well documented oddities is our habit of taking the whole company overseas for a month.  There are a huge range of reasons to do this: to work, to play, to finish off the year before, and to get inspired for the year ahead.  But regardless of your reason, here are some hard-learned tips for making the habit work for you:  Continue Reading…

306523_10151287337005610_164113581_nName: Will Demaine

Alter ego/Nickname: Crispy D

Hometown: Nottingham, England

Role(s) at Expensify: American/English translator (and occasional software engineer)

Expensify Start Date: September 2012

What is/has been your favorite project to participate on at Expensify?

Sneaking English-isms into as many places on the site as possible. Cheers…  Continue Reading…

I hope everyone is getting ready for some relaxing downtime in the next week. We kicked off the holiday season with an evening as a team at Frances, with Executive Chef Melissa Perello cooking an incredible dinner for us.  Plus we dressed in formal attire which was pretty exciting to see each other all dolled up. Tis the season for some company loving!

Robert gives his toast looking quite dapper

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