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5 Reasons Why Patreon Chose Navan

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Patreon scopes Brex and Ramp, chooses Navan as its unified corporate card, expense management, and travel solution to empower international scalability.

A membership platform featuring 200,000-plus artists, Patreon is changing the way art is valued, thanks to its direct connection with 6 million+ active patrons per month. Since its inception in 2013, Patreon has helped creators earn more than $2 billion.

With the company entering a period of hypergrowth and looking to double its workforce to 800 employees across NORAM and EMEA by the end of 2022, Patreon decided a new travel, corporate card, and spend management solution was critical for keeping pace.

We sat down with Senior Director of Financial Operations, Crystal Ryu, a career finance and procurement pro (she’s worked for Postmates, Airbnb, Apple, Sony Pictures, and Mattel), to learn why Patreon chose Navan over competitors Brex, Abacus, and Ramp.

A collage view of a San Francisco trip itinerary on the Navan mobile app and the Navan spend overview on the desktop app

Real-Time Visibility

“We needed a consistent, global tool that could provide real-time global visibility and financial accuracy. Navn is simply further ahead with encompassing everything in one global solution,” said Ryu.

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International Scalability

“The biggest issue with Brex, Ramp, and other corporate cards we heavily scoped, is that we ran into hard limitations with international scalability…Sure, expanding international functionality is on their roadmap, but Navan can already do all of that,” Ryu noted.

A collage of a submitted expense using the Navan mobile app and a Navan corporate card

Navan Expense Policy Controls

“For me, a unique value proposition was the depth of policy control built into the solution. Navan Expense has both horizontal and vertical cuts of policy customizations. What I mean by that is, we can customize policy by level and by department, and it can be role-specific. There are so many ways that I can instill policy controls by certain designations, which is how we would want to enforce custom rules,” said Ryu.

"We needed a consistent, global tool that could provide real-time global visibility and financial accuracy. Navan is simply further ahead with encompassing everything in one global solution."

Crystal Ryu

Senior Director of Financial Operations

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