We’re just a couple of weeks away from the official start of summer in our Redwood City, California office, and that means a new class of summer Invoice2go interns. We’re lucky to be in Silicon Valley, where we can take advantage of talent from world-class universities nearby.

Before we welcome the incoming class, we’d like to introduce you to Maxime Aymonod and Kate Wendell, both Stanford graduates who decided to join us full-time after their own internships at Invoice2go. We asked Maxime and Kate to share stories from their intern days and what compelled them to join our team. 

To start things off, tell us a bit about yourselves.

Maxime:

I was born and raised in France. After completing my undergraduate studies in Paris, I came to the U.S. for my master’s degree at Stanford University. I’ve always been interested in tech and this was one of the main reasons I chose Stanford.

Kate:

Hi! I’m Kate Wendell. I’m a recent Stanford grad (Science, Technology & Society ’15) and new California resident (I grew up outside of Boston). I love eating ice cream, and want to meet every dog I pass on the street. I play outside as much as I can, and I’m currently looking forward to a summer vacation hiking in Corsica with my mom.

 

What did you do for your internship at Invoice2go?

Maxime:Shot with DxO ONE

I worked across our marketing, product and design teams to better understand customers and bring their needs to the table. I conducted surveys and interviewed a variety of customers, putting together an analysis I presented to our CEO and colleagues around the world, including team members in Sydney and Jakarta. It was very cool to get so much feedback and work on a project that’s making a difference.

I also established a community of customers to provide product feedback on a regular basis. I created it from scratch, so it was rewarding to manage a project from A to Z.

Kate:

I did a lot of user testing to make sure we build experiences that are clear and intuitive for our customers. I also conducted a lot of research into the main reasons that users subscribe to Invoice2go, and the big ways they want us to get better. Another project I enjoyed was creating a feature to “Invite a friend” to use Invoice2go.

 

What’s a favorite memory from your internship?

Maxime:

It would probably be the offsite we had towards the end of my internship. Invoice2go is a very global team, having been founded in Australia, and with offices in Sydney, Indonesia and here in California, so working with colleagues can be logistically challenging at times. One of our core company values is that we’re “All under the same roof,” so we had team members who flew in for a week and we spent a day together in San Francisco doing team-building activities. It was great getting to know my colleagues on a more personal level. It was a fun and productive week!

Kate:

One of my projects was finding a way to get Invoice2go employees to really learn and use our product more even though most of us haven’t been small business owners ourselves. The idea was that if we all use our product more, we can build a better tool for customers. So, I designed and hosted our first-ever “Invoice Olympics” that required employees to invoice each other in a series of games. Everyone learned something new!

 

What made you decide to join Invoice2go full time?

Maxime:

Three main reasons come to mind. First, I wanted the experience of working in a fast-growing company backed by two of the most respected venture capital firms in Accel and Ribbit Capital. Secondly, Invoice2go gave me an opportunity to learn from some great people about a new kind of marketing, involving rapid experimentation to improve the product and grow our business at the same time. And finally, it was a chance for me to better understand customers and learn how to deliver what customers need.

Kate:

I joined Invoice2go full time because I really enjoyed working with my team during my internship, and the small company size gives me exposure to a variety of experiences you can’t get at other companies.

 

What are you working on at Invoice2go now?

Maxime:

As part of the Growth marketing team, I get to continue a lot of what I did in my internship, working on a variety of things to scale our business in ways that benefit our customers over time. And I get to really dive into granular insights and analysis to see how we can turn first-time customers into long-term customers.

Kate:

Working on the same team Maxime is on, happy customers is our ultimate goal. We want to make sure users see value in our product and want to use it forever.

 

What lessons have you learned since joining the team?

Maxime:

One of the biggest lessons is learning to ask more questions. It may seem obvious, but asking a lot of questions is an essential part of the learning process. It is usually better to thoroughly ask questions before diving into a time-consuming project — it saves time in the long run! The other thing is learning how to adapt my communication to different personalities in order to get things done.

Kate:

I’ve learned a lot about working as a team to achieve specific goals. I’m always impressed with how the people I work with constantly find ways to contribute and help each other.

 

What advice do you have for incoming summer interns?

Maxime:

Two things. First, get to know your colleagues. What really makes Invoice2go unique is the people. Everyone is great and you will benefit from knowing your coworkers on a deeper level. They will also be interested in getting to know you better, and sharing valuable advice and experiences with you. Interesting cross-team projects can also come out of such conversations! My other piece of advice is to try and learn as much as possible. Summer is short and goes by very quickly. So be thirsty to learn.

Kate:

I’d say, meet as many people as you can and ask for help when you need it. The office is full of interesting and wonderful people. The company is fast-paced and I did a lot of learning on the fly, but if you ask for help, people are more than willing to help you learn and do great things.

 

If you’re interested in career and internship opportunities at Invoice2go, check out current openings.