Archives For November 30, 1999

Hi all, we’ve put a ton of effort into our “trips” and “bank import” features, but are running out of data to test with. Can you please help us out and:

1) Forward your craziest airline reservation to

2) Email such that we can add support for your credit card

I think we’ve got a solid baseline of all the major US airlines and banks, which means in-app itinerary summaries for most domestic flights, and eReceipt import from most domestic banks. But business travel is a global phenomenon, and I’d welcome your help extending Expensify’s global reach.
Speaking of global, we’ve returned from Thailand (we go overseas as a team for a month every year; pictures at with some pretty major enhancements:

– Multi-Level Tagging: Couldn’t use Expensify because you needed two or more tags per expense? Now we’ve got you covered. Whatever your needs — a nested hierarchy of tags? A series of independent tags? — we can probably do it now. And with our GL coding and CSV export capabilities, I bet we can integrate directly into your accounting package. Write to find out!

– Our Salesforce integration isn’t terrible anymore! Let’s be honest, aside from the single-signon, our previous integration was pretty weak. Well now it’s awesome: tag expenses to Accounts *and* Opportunities (and Projects and Milestones if you use FinancialForce), centrally manage employees, and generally what you always assumed it did, now it does — for both web and mobile.

– Bulk Actions: After countless requests, now you can select multiple reports and approve or reimburse in bulk. Such a simple thing, but wow, so helpful.

And a ton of performance and stability improvements, especially for midsize companies between 100-1000 employees, not to mention the little matter of how our site looks TOTALLY AWESOME now thanks to the heroic efforts of Shawn, our new designer. We’re just getting started, so expect great things, both for mobile and web. If you have any design suggestions, please send them to (just no job offers please). And if you know of any bugs, please email And anything else, send to me!

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PS: I’m looking for an excuse to throw a party in our fantastic new SF office. Some ideas: we could open-source our cross-platform mobile framework (an embedded JavaScript engine wrapped in native controls, write-once-run-everywhere at native speeds for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone) or our distributed transaction layer (ACID-compliant semi-synchronous two-phase commit optimized for WAN connectivity: sits atop MySQL or sqlite; seamless auto-failover and recovery — lose a whole datacenter without losing any sleep). Or I could invite speakers to break down the secrets of their startups’ success, or perhaps I could give a tutorial on how to raise money from VCs (a timely topic as we’re thinking of doing another round ourselves) — I’m open to anything. Anything but another “stand around awkwardly drinking free booze” tech party, that is. Thanks for your ideas!