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Expensify's David Barrett: “Any good idea has to sound bad”

Expensify's David Barrett: “Any good idea has to sound bad”

Update: 2020-02-212
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The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on David Barrett, founder of Expensify, to talk about competing for talent with unicorns (2:00 ), the odd reason for the company’s founding (5:15 ), creating a fictional expense-reporting startup (6:20 ), the deification of serial founders (10:30 ), why he promotes from within (14:15 ), the expenses industry (16:20 ),why he takes the whole company overseas every year (18:30 ), why he doesn’t like venture capitalists (25:40 ), buying out his investors (28:30 ), the stages of development (30:45 ), using a subscription model (32:00 ), why it took 12 years to get where they are (36:30 ), whether he wants to go public (38:15 ), the homelessness problem (41:30 ), the great rewards/points scam (43:45 ), his worst day of work (49:30 ), and the time when his employees got dengue fever (54:30 ).

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Expensify's David Barrett: “Any good idea has to sound bad”

Expensify's David Barrett: “Any good idea has to sound bad”