Heather Smith on going from management accounting to cloud accounting, to one million views on YouTube

Heather Smith on going from management accounting to cloud accounting, to one million views on YouTube

Heather Smith is a chartered accountant, business and technology writer, author of eight books (including Xero for Dummies). Her educational YouTube channel has been viewed one million times and her Cloud Stories podcast is one of the top five accounting podcasts worldwide.

Guy Pearson of Practice Ignition on building an accounting firm from scratch that could scale up without him

Guy Pearson of Practice Ignition on building an accounting firm from scratch that could scale up without him

Guy Pearson, founder of Practice Ignition, turned down an offer of partnership in an accounting firm at age 24 to travel around the world for a year. After running out of money, Guy returned to Australia and started an accounting firm out of his house. He set out to automate the firm right out of the gate and built a business that could scale up on its own. That meant Guy could very quickly go off and start a software company called Practice Ignition while running his firm on the side.

Jamie Shulman on Xero acquiring Hubdoc and the generational accounting shift

Jamie Shulman on Xero acquiring Hubdoc and the generational accounting shift

Jamie Shulman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Hubdoc, joins the podcast to talk about Xero's acquisition of Hubdoc, how that came about, what it means for non-Xero users (especially those on QuickBooks), and what's next for the company.

Geni Whitehouse on niching for the wine industry & building confidence as a public speaker

Geni Whitehouse on niching for the wine industry & building confidence as a public speaker

Geni Whitehouse [LinkedIn] shares how her CPA firm carved out a niche serving the wine industry — not just with marketing mumbo jumbo but with a proprietary industry scorecard that created real value for her clients. We discuss what's holding firms back from offering more consulting services, and how to build confidence as a public speaker when you're natural nerdy and shy.

Ed Kless on thriving as a business iconoclast, his Libertarian politics, and the lie of timesheets

Ed Kless on thriving as a business iconoclast, his Libertarian politics, and the lie of timesheets

Ed Kless joins the podcast to talk about how he's managed to thrive as a "business iconoclast" in a corporate environment, why he is a Libertarian, why timesheets are a total scam, and how his musical theater background has helped him succeed both on and off stage.

Matt Paff on how Xero & Intuit are coming for the mid-market and that the future of accounting technology is platforms

Matt Paff on how Xero & Intuit are coming for the mid-market and that the future of accounting technology is platforms

Matt Paff joins the podcast to discuss what he means by his article "Hey Mid-Market, Xero and Intuit are coming!" on Digital First. We learn about the vary definitions of the term "mid-market" between the United States and Australia, why mid-market vendors need to wake up and start innovating fast, and how Matt's background in mid-market software gives him insight into the future of software and the accounting profession.

The new 1040, California does its own GDPR, and better education for accountants

The new 1040, California does its own GDPR, and better education for accountants

Donny Shimamoto joins the podcast to chat about the IRS's new "postcard sized" 1040 form, the potential consequences of California's new privacy law for businesses, and the Houston CPA Society's efforts to improve education and outreach to accounting students.

Online sales tax SCOTUS ruling ramifications for accountants & business owners

Online sales tax SCOTUS ruling ramifications for accountants & business owners

Mike Fleming, CEO of Sales Tax and More, joins Blake & David on the podcast to discuss in detail the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to collect sales taxes from online sellers who have no physical presence in the state.

How mAccounting is turning accounting from a necessary evil to a strategic advantage

How mAccounting is turning accounting from a necessary evil to a strategic advantage

Tom Gabbert joins the podcast to talk about the "m" in mAccounting (it stands for "mobile"), why he's looking to hire "people people" (not just number crunchers), his efforts to "turn accounting from a necessary evil to a strategic advantage," the benefits of his firm's shift to cloud accounting, where the profession is heading, the emergence of outsourced accounting services, what needs to change in accounting education, how Tom is creating the firm and life he wants, and more.