Graham Perkins '11
Graham Perkins currently works in Product for Expensify, a business expense-management startup, in San Francisco. At W&L, he studied economics and environmental studies before going on to get an MS at the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, where he concentrated in financial services and management of information systems. Since joining Expensify, he's learned to love the rapid feature-release cycles, the intense nature of competition in the industry and the ability to work across functional groups, whether in product, engineering or user experience and design.
He believes that the liberal arts education like the one W&L provides is excellent for individuals working in startup environments where it's critical that one understands how to deeply problem solve and where it's equally important to have a high degree of interpersonal skill. Additionally, working at a startup makes it feel a little bit like he's still in college since it provides frequent opportunities to dive deeply into a new subject and learn everything you can and allows you to wear whatever you want to work, which is always nice.
Graham is happy to talk startups and tech, finding one's interests or really anything else that might come to mind.