Date posted: 01/02/2022 8 min read

Taking the office anywhere in the world

How this Aussie tech company is unlocking the possibilities of remote work – and using Qantas Points to boost business along the way. Brought to you by American Express.

In early 2018, Scott McKeon and Will Scuderi were working on a university assignment when they noticed that a lack of screen real estate was slowing them down significantly. That night, Scuderi used a 3D printer to create a bracket that could attach a tablet to the side of his laptop – but both students knew there had to be a better way.

And they quickly realised that being able to fit an entire workstation into a small bag wasn’t just useful for study. As a keen traveller, McKeon saw how “a portable second screen would mean I could work from anywhere in the world”.

The super-thin Espresso monitor

Person holding thin monitor

Just over a year on, the Sydney duo had designed the Espresso Display – the world’s thinnest portable monitor – and McKeon, just 24 at the time, flew to China to personally assemble the prototypes.

At 5.5 millimetres thick, the Espresso monitor was slimmer than most phones and earned its name in that it was compact, increased productivity and looked at home on a cafe table. The rotatable screens now come in two sizes that have touch functionality, a sleek aluminium finish and can be set up in seconds.

Earning Qantas Points by doing business

Working together on laptops

Working with international suppliers for the first time carried significant risks but the American Express® Qantas Business Rewards Card gave the young entrepreneurs the peace of mind to proceed. And with no pre-set spending limit1, the Card also provided the flexibility to make larger payments with confidence.

“We are a nomadic company; we source components from four different countries and sell in more than 20,” says McKeon. “So in order to visit the markets we sell in or visit the partners who help us design and create our products, we need to travel.

“Earning up to 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on everyday business expenses has helped us rack up millions of points which will in turn help us grow the business.”

“Earning up to 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on everyday business expenses has helped us rack up millions of points which will in turn help us grow the business.”
Scott McKeon

Riding a tenfold increase in sales

They also used the Card to pay for online ads that helped drive Espresso’s growth during the pandemic – in 10 months sales increased tenfold.

“For growing ecommerce businesses, one of the big things is how much you can commit to the ads that are generating your sales,” McKeon says. “Having up to 51 days to pay for purchases3 on our Card unlocks that cash flow and allows us to grow so much quicker.”

“For growing ecommerce businesses, one of the big things is how much you can commit to the ads that are generating your sales.”
Scott McKeon

As a result, the team has ballooned from “two uni students with a big dream” to more than 15 employees in just two years and the business ships to 20-plus countries through Espresso’s ecommerce portal and via retailers such as Amazon.

“Our sales have exploded now that everyone is adapting to hybrid and remote work,” says McKeon. “In a time of change and uncertainty, that one simple idea has been so useful.”

How the Card unlocks cash flow

“One of the best ways you can utilise the American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card is to pay for your Facebook and Google ads,” says McKeon.

“It means you’re earning Qantas Points2 – which is always nice – but, more importantly, you’ve got up to 51 days to pay for purchases.3

“If you have a sales cycle that’s less than 51 days, it means you can pay for the ads and you could have already earned your profit in the meantime.”

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Terms and conditions

American Express approval criteria applies. Subject to Terms and Conditions. Fees and charges apply. All information is correct as at 1 February 2022 and is subject to change. This offer is only available to those who reside in Australia. Cards are offered, issued and administered by American Express Australia Limited (ABN 92 108 952 085). ®Registered Trademark of American Express Company.

1. No pre-set spending limit does not mean unlimited spending. Your purchases are approved based on a variety of factors.

2. A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for business. Subject to the Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions and the American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card Points Terms and Conditions. Your business will earn 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 of everyday spend, which does not include annual fees, late payment fee and fees and charges for foreign currencies, 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent at participating merchants classified as “utilities” and “insurance” excluding insurances offered by American Express and 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on the eligible Qantas Products and Services purchased on the Qantas merchant account (i.e. directly from Qantas). Excludes Jetstar and other exclusions.

*From 10 January 2024, once you have earned a total of 500,000 Qantas Points on your Card Account in a calendar year, your earn rate of 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent will change to 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent on everyday business purchases. All other earn rates (Qantas products, services and government, utilities and insurances spend) will remain unchanged. The points threshold is based on eligible Qantas Points earned during a calendar year and will be reset on 1 January each year. Qantas Points earned by all Card Members on a Card Account contribute to the 500,000 points threshold each calendar year. Bonus points earned from Acquisition bonus offers and marketing campaigns are excluded from the threshold.

3. Depending on your method of payment, when you make a purchase, when your statement is issued and whether or not you are carrying forward a balance on your account from your previous statement period.