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Leaving Coupa

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Well, the news of my separation from Coupa has begun to circulate.

I imagine anytime a founder leaves a company it’s tough. It certainly was for me. But as Steve Jobs once said, if you wake up too many mornings in a row not feeling passionate about what you are working on, you need to change what you are working on!

I continue to have confidence in Coupa, its product, and its mission. I’m very proud of what the company has accomplished over the past few years. I believe in Coupa’s management team, respect Coupa’s investors, and think the Coupa solution is the best on the market for automating and controlling indirect procurement for the mid-market.

As for what’s next for me, it just may be a very long (think Forrest Gump) bike ride. And after that, we shall see..


Written by Dave Stephens

10/3/09 10:11 AM at 10:11 am

Posted in Opinion

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  1. Dave,

    There’s obviously more to this story and perhaps you won’t be able to tell it all. I do want to let you know that the direction you took the company, and the vision you have for the industry is inspiring.

    Best wishes for what happens after the long bike ride tomorrow (I’ve planned a 90 Km hill ride for tomorrow morning).

    Please stay in touch.

    David Rotor


    10/3/09 7:20 PM at 7:20 pm

  2. Dave

    Wow!. I kept seeing your updates on bike ride on FB but thought it might be a vacation. Surely the last one to see this news (and then the company website). If there was someone who needed a long bike ride that would be you. Ever since I have known you since late 1999 I have always been wondering about how you could keep going with such a crazy schedule.

    Enjoy the time – I am sure the Coupa success would be that much more sweeter from afar.

    -Subraya Mallya


    11/12/09 3:55 PM at 3:55 pm

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