Spending money

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There are many occasions when you will need to spend company money.

PostHog is a lean organization - the less we spend, the more time we have to make sure the company takes off. However, it is more important you are productive, healthy, and happy.

Please spend money in a way that you think is in the best interests of the company.

If it's a trivial expense, just buy it. We provide you with a company card with a $1,000/month spending limit for this reason. We use Brex for everyone, and also provide UK team members with a Revolut card.

If you live in the UK, you should use your Revolut card for UK-specific spending (i.e. ordering from UK sites), and Brex for everything else. This is for UK accounts-reporting reasons, as we have a UK subsidiary.

For larger expenses which don't fit into the items here, please raise a policy suggestion for it as a pull request in this doc, so we can document our decision making into our policy rather than making everything case by case.

Trivial expenses

Just do it.

This means expenses that are under $75 one off or under $20/month recurring that we can cancel easily.

Saving receipts

Make sure you keep copies for all receipts. If you expense something on a company card and cannot provide a receipt, this may be deducted from your pay.

You should default to using your company card in all cases - it has no transaction fees. If you need to use your personal card in an emergency, please just let Charles know afterwards to get reimbursed manually.

PostHog uses Brex and Revolut's built-in expenses tracking feature. You'll find using their apps the easiest way to submit receipts.

Brex

  • Buy something on your Brex card.
  • If it's a digital invoice, just forward it to receipts@brex.com. If it's a physical receipt, respond to the Brex or SMS notification with a picture of your receipt.
  • You only need to submit receipts for purchases of $75 or more.
  • That's it!

Make sure you forward digital invoices to Brex from your PostHog email address - it won't work if you send from another email address.

Revolut

  • Buy something on your Revolut card.
  • If it's a digital invoice, just forward it to ukinvoices@posthog.com. If it's a physical receipt, take a picture and forward it to the same place.
  • You need to submit receipts for all purchases.

Your personal card

  • You shouldn't usually need to do this - if you can't use your PostHog card for some reason, ask Charles or Eltje to purchase it for you on theirs in the first instance.
  • If you do need to use your personal card, just send your receipt to Charles directly and he'll process a manual payment.

Accidentally bought something on the company card when it was a personal expense? Don't worry! Again, just let Charles know as soon as you become aware and he will provide you with the relevant bank details for you to repay the company.

Making larger purchases

If your purchase fits within the policy below, there is no need to ask. We cannot pay you back for anything without a receipt if you use your personal card.

You may not have enough space on your company card if you're a new starter, just ask Charles (and if he's unavailable, James H or Tim) to increase your limit.

Equipment

PostHog is an all-remote company. This means it's important you have an ergonomic setup at home to be as productive as possible.

PostHog will provide you with office equipment. Please note that it remains PostHog's property.

Laptop

We'd prefer you to use a laptop. This is so when we host meetups in real life, you can easily bring your work with you. We'd prefer everyone uses Apple laptops, just to keep life simpler - for example, that means everyone can use the same software, and as we get bigger, it'll mean we're dealing with one supplier, not many.

  • No matter your role, we currently recommend a Macbook Air with an Apple Silicon (M1) processor and 16GB of RAM. Feel free to upgrade to a Macbook Pro if you will be running sustained high workloads, though in practice the Air performs really well in most scenarios, including long-running compilations (e.g. Clickhouse).

These are just general guidelines - the most important thing is that you select the model that is appropriate for your needs. If your requirements are different to the guidelines above please just ask.

Apple offer multiple screen sizes. The larger screen sizes (15 inches +), are disproportionately more expensive. These make sense if you do a ton of work in coworking spaces or cafés where you do not have a second screen. If you are realistically going to do most of your work at home, it is more rational to pick a smaller laptop size, and to get a large (27 inch) monitor.

When buying something at Apple we can get 3% cashback on purchases through Brex. You should be able to find that in the 'Rewards' tab on brex or ask Tim or Charles. Also, Amazon regularly offer discounts on Apple products of around 10%, so always worth a check before buying direct from Apple.

You may be asked if you wanted to purchase Apple Care - please don't buy this as it's not great value for money.

We would expect to spend $1200 to $2000 on a laptop, depending on what you need to run. We find the easiest solution is to just purchase directly from Apple's website in your territory.

Monitor

For monitors, we suggest you pick one that supports 4K. This means you'll get a higher resolution than a standard HD monitor, and thus can fit more content onto the screen.

We would expect to spend $250 to $350 on a monitor. Philips have a great value model. It comes with an HDMI cable, but you'll need an adaptor to USB-C with most Apple laptops.

Keyboard, mouse, and laptop stand

We'd encourage you to buy a keyboard, mouse and laptop stand.

Again, Apple items for keyboards and mice should be what you default to - refurbished is usually fine.

Nextstand make great value laptop stands that are portable.

Chairs and desks

We find that most people already have a desk and chair that are comfortable.

If you do not, please suggest something to us. We aren't yet at the stage where we can afford the latest and greatest here, but we will aim to be reasonable.

For example, if you would like a standing desk, buy one you consider to be good value.

We would expect to spend $250 on a desk, and around the same for a chair.

Headphones

If you need to work in a noisy environment and don't already have noise cancelling headphones with a microphone, feel free to buy a pair.

We would expect to spend $250 on noise cancelling headphones.

Software

Software expenses are treated as above and will generally fall into trivial.

We are strongly opposed to introducing new software that is designed for collaboration by default. There needs to be a very significant upside to introducing a new piece of software to outweigh its cost.

The cost of introducing new collaborative software is that it creates another place where todo items / comments / communication can exist. This creates a disproportionate amount of complexity.

Our entire stack for collaborative software is pleasingly simple. All we use is:

  • Google Sheets - spreadsheets
  • GitHub - documents, code, discussion
  • Slack (premium) - chat (although we encourage you to default into discussion of features/strategy etc into GitHub)
  • PostHog - product analytics
  • Figma - graphic design

Individual software is down to your personal preference, and we encourage you to share cool software.

IDEs

  • IDEs range widely in cost. Best in class IDE suites can cost up to $700, which is a bad value proposition for most engineers. However, we are happy to revisit this policy if you have very specific needs.
  • Before then, if you wish to spend up to $200 on an IDE, that is fine. Visual Studio, VIM and PyCharm are the most popular within our team.

Open-source contributions

The PostHog platform wouldn't be possible without open-source software. We are standing on the shoulders of giants. As such, we feel it's important to support the software we benefit from through monetary contributions.

To enable our team to do this we use Open Collective and have a budget of $100/month that can be contributed per team member.

To get setup with Open Collective get in touch with Phil who will add you to the PostHog Open Collective team. From there, you'll be able to make contributions as the PostHog organization via Open Collective. For more information see the Open Collective payments documentation.

Work space

We care about you being healthy, happy and productive.

While PostHog will use the money saved from not having office space for real life meetups, we are happy to cover some expenses related to where you work. Most people do most of their work from home, but we understand that getting out of the house from time to time can help you escape cabin fever!

You can spend up to $200/month to work in cafés or coworking spaces if working from home is impractical. As always, you must provide receipts for all costs, and in this case, they must only be for yourself.

Meetups

As a global, all-remote team, we don't get many regular opportunities to socialize with each other outside of our bi-annual offsites.

We encourage team members to try and meet up with each other when practical, and provide everyone with an $250 monthly budget to cover the cost of travel and meals. Beyond staying within the spending limit, please just spend the money in the best interests of the company. Any unused budget does not roll over each month.

We find that team members use this to visit each other when they live in geographically similar locations (e.g. a train journey or short flight away) or to go out for dinner when they happen to be passing through the same city. However there are no specific constraints on this. Feel free to post any upcoming travel plans in the #whereintheworld channel in Slack and see who is available to meet up!

We offset all carbon emissions generated by team flights using Wren, so if you book a flight to meet up with someone, then please let Charles know the departure and destination airports, and he'll log it accordingly.

Celebrations and life events

It's important to us at PostHog to celebrate team member milestones and achievements.

Birthdays

We have a budget of $50 for a personalised birthday gift. Eltje will reach out to the team a week before the birthday to start a virtual birthday card and ask for gift ideas.

PostHog anniversaries

For every PostHog anniversary, we will donate $50 to a charity of your choice. And just like for birthdays, we will also send a virtual card.

Significant life events

For events like childbirth, weddings, return to work after extended sick leave or the loss of a loved one, Eltje will send flowers and a gift, the budget is $100. We will also send a virtual card.

Client meetings

If you are meeting a user for an interview or a potential customer, we would encourage you to pick up the bill.

At PostHog's current stage, a fancy coffee shop is encouraged. A fancy lunch or dinner is not.

Training

We have a separate section on spending money on training (which covers things like books and conferences).