How Whereby Propels Subscription Operations with Lean, Agile Finance Team in 130+ Countries

By centralizing its billing and revenue recognition infrastructure with Chargebee, Whereby significantly improved its operational efficiency, expedited month-end closes, and offered flexible pricing plans to its customers.

Before Chargebee

An in-house billing system with limited integration with a simple billing solution offered by their payment provider

Manual data reconciliation and verification complicating revenue recognition

Limited pricing and packaging flexibility

After Chargebee

A centralized billing and revenue recognition infrastructure

Accurate, automatic financial reporting with Chargebee RevRec

Freedom to quickly experiment with pricing strategies

See how Chargebee is a trusted partner in 6500+ growth stories

Founded in 2013, Whereby is a video conferencing tool that makes it easy to host video meetings, with features like screen sharing, recording, chat, live reactions, and integrations. Whereby distinguishes itself from the other video conferencing tools with its product Whereby Embedded, which lets businesses such as telehealth, eLearning, and virtual event providers integrate video chat into their platforms easily via API.

Whereby's globally distributed teams serve 850,000 daily active users across 130 countries with a mission to provide people with the freedom to work and live anywhere.

The Problem

Whereby initially relied on its in-house billing system, which had basic integrations with its payments provider. However, this system required extensive manual work, custom developments, and the diversion of engineering resources from their core product to work on the in-house billing system.

As demand for video conferencing tools surged during the pandemic, Whereby experienced rapid growth. But the volume outgrew what their existing integration with their basic payments provider could handle. They also needed more pricing and packaging flexibility to scale acquisition and expansion efforts swiftly.

Also, the internal teams needed to catch up on many data inaccuracies regarding revenue recognition. "Our revenue data was spread across multiple systems that were not communicating. This left us to consolidate revenue accounting data in multiple Excel spreadsheets, and it was a painful process each month. It was also tough to track data accurately over time and verify the accuracy of our recognized and deferred revenue," said Malika Kenzhebaeva, Finance Director at Whereby.

The Solution

Malika realized the need to centralize their entire billing and revenue recognition infrastructure under a single umbrella and reached out to Chargebee. Chargebee consultants worked with Malika's team to understand their subscription needs, billing practices, taxation requirements, and payment collection processes.

Here's how Chargebee enabled Whereby to manage its end-to-end subscription and billing operation needs:

  • Pricing & packaging flexibility: Whereby found managing pricing, packaging, and sign-up process iterations for product-led growth challenging, but Chargebee's structured product catalog made it easier to experiment and quickly launch changes.

Chargebee gives us the flexibility to combine different billing approaches for our products and services. This allows us to offer both flat fee and usage-based pricing options, as well as easily configure freemium vs. free trial subscriptions."

Iwona Włodarczyk, Lead Product Manager, Growth

  • Single source of truth for Whereby teams: Chargebee has been widely embraced by cross-functional teams at Whereby, including Customer Success for subscription and renewal management, Marketing for promotional campaigns using coupons, and Product for pricing experiments.

  • Hybrid billing motions: With Chargebee, Whereby's PLG onboarding and renewals are automated globally, while sales-assisted billing is streamlined for enterprise clients through customer-facing teams, enabling customized plans, discounts, and tax calculations. "Through Chargebee's support, we've achieved significant improvements in streamlining our sales and billing processes, enabling us to devote more time to strategic initiatives," said Tomi Oludemi, Financial Controller at Whereby.

  • Streamlined revenue recognition: Chargebee RevRec combines the data from Chargebee Billing and other data sources of Whereby, offering a unified sub-ledger for its revenue. Malika loves viewing the revenue drill down by plan and transaction-level tax details, which eliminates manual data verification and reconciliation each month.

The Impact

  • An end-to-end revenue management system: Chargebee helped the Whereby finance team consolidate its billing, payments, revenue recognition, and reporting processes under one umbrella, which allowed the team to improve its financial performance.

  • Expedited month-end closes & compliant reports: After using Chargebee RevRec, the team has witnessed a drastic improvement in the time it takes for month-end closes. The team has also reduced the risk of improper revenue recognition and non-compliance by automating the revenue recognition processes.

  • A future-proof solution to support Whereby's vision: "We've achieved positive ROI with Chargebee Billing and RevRec, automating processes and improving efficiency. The time saved on finance operations and admin tasks allows us to shift focus to customer retention and LTV. We look forward to leveraging Chargebee Receivables and Retention as they provide valuable insights to reduce voluntary and involuntary churn by understanding payment patterns and customer cancellation reasons," Malika added.

Tech Stack

Chargebee, Stripe, HubSpot, Slack

Products Used

Chargebee Billing, Chargebee RevRec, Chargebee Receivables

As a finance leader, I value Chargebee for its comprehensive revenue management platform that provides visibility, control, and accuracy. It helps us solve challenges beyond billing.
Malika KenzhebaevaFinance Director, Whereby