Despite bumper payouts to partners, the UK branch of KPMG announced it will be imposing penalties of £100 on staff who turn in their time sheets late. Meanwhile, the leader of the Labour party is calling the Big Four a “cartel” and is threatening to break them up. Meanwhile in the US, Square has revived its request to start a bank, which would primarily offer loans, deposit accounts, and prepaid cards to small businesses. Blake and David also discuss a couple of apps: 1) Earnin raised $125M to enable same-day payrolls for workers, and 2) Flux raised $7.5 in the UK to bring digital receipts to bank feeds via POS systems. Finally, Blake shares why it’s time to consider a 6-hour workday for knowledge workers.
In this episode, I'm joined by Mike Whitmire, co-founder and CEO of FloQast. We discuss whether or not big firm CPAs are "insecure overachievers," how tax reform is accelerating the shift to automation in manufacturing, Sage's plans for international growth with Sage Intacct, why cloud accountants are embracing the business chat tool Slack, and why the War on Excel is a mistake.