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Setting up a tech company's new foreign office

By

Seth Phillips | CEO | Bound

Expanding a tech company to a new country

In 2017 I was working for Paxos in New York City. After some back-and-forth with our CEO over the course of 6 months, I agreed to move to London to set up an office and build a team there. 

Paxos had an office in Singapore, so this wasn’t the first time it had opened a foreign office, but it was the second. ;)

We were working on a big project with some UK partners and I was traveling to London for one week each month anyway–YOLO.

There were a million things to figure out when opening up a foreign office. Set up the legal entity. Find a payroll provider. Find and rent office space. Get new employment contracts. Learn the local laws. Get a visa for you and others. There is a lot. 

One thing that I didn’t think much about personally, and the company didn’t think much about either, was how volatile exchange rates could potentially impact salaries. 

Not thinking about currencies

For me, of course, the Post-brexit era wasn’t great on my newly negotiated USD-converted-to-GBP salary.

I was negotiating a cross-currency compensation package around this time.

I negotiated hard. At first, I was feelin’ good. 

I paid rent and food in GBP, but all my savings and investments were going back to USD. 

Then this happened. 

Feelin’ less good.

I took roughly a 15% pay cut in my disposable income.

From the job perspective, on the other hand, I was hiring UK staff. UK salaries were looking better and better for our USD-funded startup accustomed to NYC salary demands.

We built the headcount up from 1, to 3, to about 25. Talent in the UK looked like a bargain.

Then this happened.

Now, personally I was feeling a bit redeemed, but our payroll budgets were getting blown out and it looked like the UK-office was overpaying for talent. 

Felt like I couldn't win. 

My personal takeaway

Well, that was the lesson. 

I’m a product manager. I’m not a currency trader. Should I really be surprised that it felt like I was always bleeding from exchange rate movements?

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All testimonials, reviews, opinions or case studies presented on our website may not be indicative of all customers. Results may vary and customers agree to proceed at their own risk.


Bound (Bound Rates Limited) is a limited company registered in England & Wales under number 13036275 with registered offices at 16 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FL


Bound Rates Limited (FRN 966723) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as an Investment Firm.​


For clients based in the European Economic Area, payment services are provided by CurrencyCloud B.V.. Registered in the Netherlands No. 72186178. Registered Office: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 296 - 298, Mindspace Nieuwezijds Office 001 Amsterdam. CurrencyCloud B.V. is authorised by the DNB under the Wet op het financieel toezicht to carry out the business of an electronic-money institution (Relation Number: R142701).


For clients based in the United States, payment services for are provided by The Currency Cloud Inc. which operates in partnership with Community Federal Savings Bank (CFSB) to facilitate payments in all 50 states in the US. CFSB is registered with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC Certificate# 57129). The Currency Cloud Inc is registered with FinCEN and authorised in 39 states to transmit money (MSB Registration Number: 31000206794359). Registered Office: 104 5th Avenue, 20th Floor, New York , NY 10011.


For clients based in the United Kingdom and rest of the world, payment services (Non MIFID related products) are provided by The Currency Cloud Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 06323311. Registered Office: Stewardship Building 1st Floor, 12 Steward Street London E1 6FQ. The Currency Cloud Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 for the issuing of electronic money (FRN: 900199).

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Copyright @ 2024 Bound


All testimonials, reviews, opinions or case studies presented on our website may not be indicative of all customers. Results may vary and customers agree to proceed at their own risk.


Bound (Bound Rates Limited) is a limited company registered in England & Wales under number 13036275 with registered offices at 16 Great Chapel Street, London W1F 8FL


Bound Rates Limited (FRN 966723) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as an Investment Firm.​


For clients based in the European Economic Area, payment services are provided by CurrencyCloud B.V.. Registered in the Netherlands No. 72186178. Registered Office: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 296 - 298, Mindspace Nieuwezijds Office 001 Amsterdam. CurrencyCloud B.V. is authorised by the DNB under the Wet op het financieel toezicht to carry out the business of an electronic-money institution (Relation Number: R142701).


For clients based in the United States, payment services for are provided by The Currency Cloud Inc. which operates in partnership with Community Federal Savings Bank (CFSB) to facilitate payments in all 50 states in the US. CFSB is registered with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC Certificate# 57129). The Currency Cloud Inc is registered with FinCEN and authorised in 39 states to transmit money (MSB Registration Number: 31000206794359). Registered Office: 104 5th Avenue, 20th Floor, New York , NY 10011.


For clients based in the United Kingdom and rest of the world, payment services (Non MIFID related products) are provided by The Currency Cloud Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 06323311. Registered Office: Stewardship Building 1st Floor, 12 Steward Street London E1 6FQ. The Currency Cloud Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 for the issuing of electronic money (FRN: 900199).