Under the Hood: Lunch and Learn at HQ

April 16, 2008

In the spirit of continuous learning, knowledge sharing and free lunch, we’ve started a weekly Lunch and Learn series here at FreshBooks headquarters, where folks take a moment or two to talk about stuff they’ve been working on, or just flat out explain what they do to the rest of the company.

Ben speaks to the FreshBooks staff at our first weekly Lunch and Learn

My experience is that marketing and development don’t always totally understand each other, and nothing’s more important than making sure people are on the same page, and clear on their respective contributions that move the company forward.

To address these knowledge gaps, we have “Lunch and Learn” (coined by Rich, and surely pilfered from an HR department in a far-off land).

Today Ben was good enough to lead us through an ingenious database manipulating tool designed and implemented here at FreshBooks that he’s dubbed FORM. Needless to say, most of the marketing guys (Mitch and Saul I’m looking at you!) still don’t understand what our crack developers are up to, yet they’re already hard at work figuring out how to market it.

about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.