This bonus episode of the Cloud Accounting Podcast features an extended interview with Enrico Palmerino, CEO of Botkeeper, and his technical director Justin DoBosh. The interview was recorded via Facebook Live on Friday, March 1. It was organized by Cloud Accounting Podcast co-host David Leary to address outstanding questions from our previous coverage of Botkeeper on this podcast as well as an article Blake Oliver published entitled “It’s not a bot — the truth about Botkeeper, the Google-funded, AI-powered “bookkeeper replacement.”
Blake chats with Amy Vetter at the AICPA Controllers Conference about how modern modern accounting departments are refocusing to become proactive service centers as opposed to reactive cost centers; David shares news about Xero from Xerocon London, including Xero’s half year results; Gusto releases simple time tracking; ACH continues to grow; and how AI is helping companies reduce rampant employee fraud on expense reports using automation.
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.
Blake and David chat about how time tracking software has entered the world of "wage theft" lawsuits, Slack's new and improved third-party integrations, the crazy fast growth of QuickBooks Online, the dismal trust Millennials place in banks, what the deal is with GDPR, and the fear and loathing of automation in Las Vegas.
David Leary joins the podcast for the first time as my new co-host. We discuss the IRS' ancient computer systems that caused the crash on tax day, a case study of a CPA who got hacked by a malicious "keylogger" program, news from Blake's visit to NetSuite's SuiteWorld 2018, and a robot that can assemble an IKEA chair.
I'm joined by Amanda Aguillard, David Emmerman, Ryan Watson, and Jay Kimelman of Bluewire Strategy Group. We discuss how an accounting firm in Australia successfully moved to a 5-hour workday, a new survey that shows most Americans see automation is coming, but don't think it will affect them in their own lifetimes, Bitcoin traders who have no idea they owe a lot of tax, and how the IRS is making things difficult by not being clear, and new smart glasses that don't make you look like a dork (anymore than you already do).
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.