#Xerocon San Diego: Xero and Stripe Join Forces

#Xerocon San Diego: Xero and Stripe Join Forces

Blake and David are reunited again in San Diego at the end of Day 1 of Xerocon! David wonders if accountants and bookkeepers are getting fed up with "fetching," and Blake shares the biggest news stories from Xerocon so far, including Xero Tax Mapper as well as partnerships with Stripe and PwC.

SNH19: Right Networks Challenges QuickBooks Online

SNH19: Right Networks Challenges QuickBooks Online

David is on the ground in Salt Lake City reporting from the Scaling New Heights conference. He's got the highlights from the QuickBooks Online keynote, as well as a new "Always On" capability developed by Right Networks, which claims to have made QuickBooks Desktop hosting "in every way equivalent to, and as capable as, that of QuickBooks Online."

Is the CPA worth it in 2019, 2020, 2021…? Also, H&R Block acquires Wave and Xero appoints Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting & Global Services

Is the CPA worth it in 2019, 2020, 2021…? Also, H&R Block acquires Wave and Xero appoints Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting & Global Services

Blake is back from the annual AICPA Engage conference with lots of questions about the future value of the CPA. Meanwhile, H&R Block announced that they are acquiring Wave Financial, a provider of accounting software to millions of small businesses. Looks like H&R Block will be competing with QuickBooks Live? In other app news, Xero has appointedHubdoc co-founder Jamie McDonald to lead Accounting and Global Services. We’ll find out what that means for the future of Xero soon at Xerocon in San Diego.

Interview and demo of CORE with BQE Software CEO Shafat Qazi on Facebook Live

Interview and demo of CORE with BQE Software CEO Shafat Qazi on Facebook Live

This episode is sponsored by BQE Software and was recorded via Facebook Live on June 14th. David and Blake interview BQE Founder and CEO Shafat Qazi, who then gives us a demo of BQE Core, a cloud-based solution that offers integrated accounting, project management, and business intelligence designed specifically with professional services firms in mind. It’s a little hard to picture the demo without a visual, but even if you don’t listen to the full demo, be sure to skip to around the 43 minute mark. That’s when Shafat gives us a preview of Core Intelligence, BQE’s new AI-powered voice assistant. If you’re going to the Scaling New Heights conference, you can try out Core Intelligence for yourself at BQE’s Booth 64.

AICPA ENGAGE: Megan Lewczyk, CPA & Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA

AICPA ENGAGE: Megan Lewczyk, CPA & Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA

At the annual ENGAGE conference in Las Vegas, Blake, Megan, and Ryan discuss the value of the CPA license in a rapidly shifting professional landscape, H&R Block's acquisition of Wave Financial (the free invoicing and accounting software), QuickBooks Live & the rise of remote work in accounting, and EY's clever release of millions of dollars worth of blockchain code into the public domain.

Accounting Salon Interviews: Clint Bowers of Smart Business Concepts

Accounting Salon Interviews: Clint Bowers of Smart Business Concepts

In this interview recorded in May 2019 in New Orleans, Blake and David chat with Clint Bowers, CPA and founder of Smart Business Concepts in Dallas, Texas. Before starting his own firm, Clint was a Vice President and Corporate Controller at Borden Dairy Company. Now he uses that experience to provide business owners more visibility, control and understanding of their books.

It’s a bot! Live interview and demo of Gappify Alan with founder & CEO Jotham Ty

It’s a bot! Live interview and demo of Gappify Alan with founder & CEO Jotham Ty

This bonus episode features an interview and demo with Jotham Ty, founder and CEO of Gappify (https://www.gappify.com/), which builds "Bots for Accountants, By Accountants." Jotham shares what inspired him to build a bot for accountants, and in particular, industry accountants in midsize companies. He shares details on "Alan" (the bot) and gives us a live demo of Alan doing vendor onboarding for a company on NetSuite. The interview was recorded via Facebook Live on Friday, May 31.

Another AI startup aims to eliminate accountants

Another AI startup aims to eliminate accountants

Georges raises $11.2 million to automate accounting, Canopy releases tax prep software, IRS to stop faxing, Free File stripped from IRS bill, continuous testing is in the cards for the CPA exam, ATAX expands nationwide, sign-in with Apple ID is coming to QBO and Xero, and more

Accounting Salon Interviews: Amanda Aguillard of Elefant Training

Accounting Salon Interviews: Amanda Aguillard of Elefant Training

David and Blake catch up with Amanda Aguillard, founder of the Accounting Salon, a different sort of accounting-focused gathering in its second year in New Orleans. Amanda shares what inspired her to start her own conference, why it's called a "salon," what makes the Accounting Salon different, and how to nominate yourself (or another) to be invited next year. To learn more, visit accountingsalon.com.

QuickBooks Live could be a Top 100 firm by 2020, fake bots from Google, Roger raises $7.35M to automate accounting with AI, and why the NSA might be to blame for the CCH malware attack

QuickBooks Live could be a Top 100 firm by 2020, fake bots from Google, Roger raises $7.35M to automate accounting with AI, and why the NSA might be to blame for the CCH malware attack

Blake crunches the numbers and figures that if Intuit meets its publicly stated goals, QuickBooks Live will likely be a $60 million per year accounting firm by 2020, (depending on whether or not you’d call an on-demand bookkeeping service an accounting firm, of course). Also, Roger, the accounting automation tool, has raised a $7.35M Series A. Guess who is one of the investors? Dan Wernikoff, the former GM of QuickBooks and TurboTax. Google admitted that its AI still needs human help, but you’ve got to listen to a recording of a call from Google Duplex (a bot) to a restaurant to book a dinner reservation. Next, the New York Times details how a leaked N.S.A. hacking tool might be responsible for the recent malware attacks on CCH, Centrom (a provider of cloud hosting to CPA firms) and the City of Baltimore. Speaking about security, did you know that a surprising percentage of people will apparently give out their passwords in exchange for… chocolate? All this and more insanity in this episode of the Cloud Accounting Podcast with Blake Oliver and David Leary.