Expensify Bringing Silicon Valley Jobs To Michigan's U.P.

SAN FRANCISCO — Expensify, a financial tech startup based in San Francisco, is making moves to hire more talent in the Ironwood area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The company, which moved into the UP last year based on a co-
founder’s connection to Gogebic Community College, now has 13
full-time and more than 45 part-time staff in Ironwood — and is
currently looking for more new hires.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Expensify team will be hosting a Happy
Hour and Casual Job Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tacconelli’s Restaurant,
215 S. Suffolk St. in Ironwood. Anyone interested in customer
service, software development, or data entry positions is encouraged
to stop by, drop off a resume, and chat with the team over drinks and
appetizers.

“We’re looking for the best and brightest talent, and we think that the UP is a great place to find that,” Expensify founder and CEO David Barrett said.

Of Expensify’s 58 U.P. employees, more than 30 are graduates of
Gogebic Community College — as is Expensify global team manager
Tim Szot, one of the main forces behind building the company’s UP
team since joining Expensify last October.

“Most of the jobs offered in the area are labor-focused, so it’s great to
be able to give people the opportunity to work at a tech startup without having to leave the area,” Szot said.

Expensify and GCC have been working together for the past year and
a half on initiatives to cultivate talent in the local community. In May,
Expensify established and awarded the first scholarship program at
GCC for Computer Science and IT majors, offering a $1,000
scholarship to a freshman each year. In addition, Expensify is working
with GCC to create curriculum focused on both subjects, with the first PHP class to launch in spring 2015.

“I see the relationship with GCC and Expensify as one of the most
positive things to happen to our area and to the IT program since I
started teaching at GCC 26 years ago,” says Jim Halverson, GCC’s
lead computer instructor. “Expensify is hiring graduates from my
information technology program and they’re working with GCC to
keep our curriculum current and relevant. It’s been great having them
on campus! I believe the startup has and will continue to have a
positive impact on the Gogebic Range.”

Members of the San Francisco team will be visiting the Upper
Peninsula Aug. 18-22 to connect with the local community. For more
information on the event, visit
http://blog.expensify.com/2014/08/14/UP-Invasion.

Founded by Barrett in 2008 with a dream of ridding the world of
expense report frustration, Expensify offers a system that it calls
“expense reports that don’t suck!” Users can import expenses and
receipts from their smartphones, 98 percent of American banks and
credit cards, plus a wide array of international banks. Expensivy’s
SmartScan technology will read receipts and automatically create
expenses for them, or match them to expenses imported from a
credit card.

With Expensify, users can create and submit an expense report from
a smartphone or on the web to quickly get reimbursed directly to a
bank account. Seamless integrations with all major accounting
packages, rich mobile apps to log expenses on the go, and
integrated direct deposit are other advantages. Expensify is used by
over 300,000 companies and 2 million users, reimbursing millions of
dollars a day and processing billions each year.

More at www.expensify.com.

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