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Graduate recruitment and internships: business cost or value?

Graduate recruitment and internships are treated differently in every organization. When you look back anywhere from five to 20 years at the experience encountered by myself and my developer colleagues, you get a lot of different stories. All these stories have similar themes: a sense of being “dumped in the deep end,” not knowing right from wrong, not knowing what to do, and generally missing a mentor are common war stories from “back in our day”.

SoT Logo-2014

We’re thrilled to say that Summer of Tech is changing all that, allowing us to provide graduates with a supportive, constructive environment to foray into the amazing world of technology.

Even back in 2007, a fledgling Xero was proud to be part of the Summer of Tech programme (then known as Summer of Code) – a three-month internship programme based on Google’s model of summer internships.

Today Summer of Tech has some impressive statistics, increasingly putting it on par with Xero’s own graduate and careers recruitment as a way to find excellent talent in Wellington’s IT industry. Over the years we have had 19 interns, 11 of which have stayed on in some form of part time or full time employment after their internship.

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Accounting API: 10 new features so far in 2014

This morning’s 2.46 release of the core accounting API provides developers with the ability to retrieve repeating invoices. This feature became more compelling to provide with the recent advances our reporting add-on partners have made in the area of cashflow forecasting – repeating invoices include some key information on this front that will make these applications even more useful.

We are proud to be moving quickly on the release front with 10 key features released in the first three months of 2014:

API releases 2013-2014
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Xero API Developers of the year for 2013

In internet years, 2009 is ancient history. Household names like Instagram and Pinterest were yet to be founded, and cloud trailblazers like Xero were boasting rapid customer signups. In 2009, at the end of the financial year, Xero had 6,000 customers – less than 3% of our current customer base.

So, it took a little bit of guts in those early days for Nik Wakelin, Jared Armstrong and James Nisbet to go off and create one of the first true standalone Xero Add-ons. They were looking to solve the pain point they experienced as contract software developers – tracking time in Xero.

Xero API developers

Pictured L-R: Xero Head of Developer Relations, Ronan Quirke, Xero API product manager Tony Rule, MinuteDock co-founder Nik Wakelin, MinuteDock co-founder Jared Armstrong, Xero CEO Rod Drury, MinuteDock co-founder James Nisbet.

Out of their need to track & bill time, MinuteDock was born, and continues today to be one of our most popular, and highly rated Xero Add-ons.
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Recurring billing made easy with Rerun

Rerun recurring billing appRerun makes recurring billing easy. It’s a web-based solution for any business, organization or association that wants to automate their recurring, subscription or membership billing.

Rerun allows you to accept credit cards or bank transfers from customers for your products or services, making it easier to manage your business. Create custom payment streams to match the services or products you offer, and let Rerun automatically bill your customers.

Who is it for?

Rerun is for business owners who want to automate customer subscriptions and billing. For example, a Daycare can provide flexibility to parents by accepting payments on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or even annual basis.

How Rerun works with Xero

Rerun easily connects with Xero to retrieve customer, item and tax rate data. You can set up recurring and one-time payments in Rerun. The invoices are paid in Rerun, and the completed invoices are sent to Xero.

Where you can use Rerun

Rerun is built for US & Canadian businesses. Check out their pricing plans.

It’s free to set up your Rerun account

With Rerun, no monthly fees or merchant account is required.

Sign up to try Rerun with Xero.

 

 

Xerocon New Zealand 2014 – Day One

More than 900 accounting, bookkeeping and add-on partners flooded into the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland this morning for Xerocon New Zealand 2014. The line was long, but we got everyone inside eventually!

Xero minis at Xerocon New Zealand 2014

MC Petra Bagust kicked things off this morning. She was excited, talking about our values – love, beauty, transformation, fun. She described the atmosphere as majestic, magnificent, amazing and life-changing. “This is the kind of conference I want to be involved in!” she said. Same!

Petra Bagust emcees at Xerocon New Zealand 2014

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Better bill management with Manilla

Update – May 12, 2014

Manilla recently announced they will be closing their service on July 1, 2014. For those looking for an alternative, check out another Xero add-on partner HubDoc.

Manilla is bill management software – manage and organize all your bills and accounts in one place online. Integrated with your Xero account, it allows you to export upcoming bills, saving you the time you’d normally spend manually entering bills into Xero. And with Manilla, you only need one password to securely access all of your accounts and bills. No more lost or forgotten passwords; no more hassle. Plus, it will automatically post a reminder for upcoming bills.  

Who is it for?

Manilla is for US-based business owners looking to securely organize and manage incoming bills.

How Manilla works with Xero

Simply select an account in Manilla to export, map it to the appropriate chart of accounts in Xero and you’re done. Each new bill will automatically sync to Xero. Scott Scharf, owner of Catching Clouds, has written an in-depth review of the Manilla integration on the Sleeter Group Blog.

Where you can use Manilla

Manilla works for US customers and business owners.

Try out Manilla for free

You can sign up to try Manilla with Xero for free.  Find out how Manilla offers this service for free.

 

Powerful business planning with LivePlan

LivePlan is a cloud based solution from Palo Alto Software – veterans in the business planning space. It can help you with everything from pitch creation and business planning to ongoing financial management. By connecting Xero to LivePlan, you can analyze your accounting information in real-time in order to keep your business on track.

Business planning is a great tool for any business. In fact, a Cranfield University study proved that those who write and track their  business plan experience 30% more growth potential than those who don’t engage in planning.

Who is it for?

LivePlan is for both established business owners and entrepreneurs who are just getting their ideas off the ground. Its functionality allows you to:

  • Write a complete business plan
  • Deliver a professional pitch to investors/lenders
  • Monitor your progress and track your growth

Xero Add-on LivePlan

How LivePlan works with Xero

Connect LivePlan with Xero to import your financials into the LivePlan Scoreboard. This integration will allow you to track how your business is doing, in real time, and compare your progress against your forecast.

Where you can use LivePlan

LivePlan works for users in over 172 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Try out LivePlan for free

You can sign up to try out LivePlan with Xero for free. Find out how here.

 

Re-Leased: Property management software

Re-Leased Xero Add-on
Re-Leased is a cloud-based property management software which is making life easier for property owners and managers across the world.

Re-Leased provides powerful tools to automate and simplify much of the tenant and property management process allowing landlords and managers to spend less time on administration, and more time growing their property portfolio.

Who is it for?

Re-Leased is suitable for two key groups: property managers and property owners. This can include private investors, real estate agents, family trusts, government agencies, syndications, accountants and lawyers.

Re-Leased has been built specifically for commercial and larger residential property companies. Typically, users manage between $1 million and $500 million dollar property portfolios.

How it works with Xero

Re-Leased pushes and pulls all invoices, contacts, tax types, accounts and tracking categories from the Xero API. It can automatically generate rent and property expense invoices and send them to Xero via the API. “Our integration has allowed our users to reduce their administration time by up to three days a month. We are about to hit $500 million dollars of invoices synced in the past 6 months.” – Tom Wallace, Re-Leased Founder & CEO.

Where can you use it?

Re-Leased is 100% cloud based and can be used anywhere, anytime through any browser based device. Being cloud based, Re-Leased enables you to be mobile. They also have iPhone and Android applications in development which are due to be launched this year.

Try Re-Leased today, for free.

Sign up with Re-Leased today and receive a 30 day, no obligations, free trial.
Not sure if Re-Leased is right for you? Schedule a demo with the Re-Leased team to find out more.

 

Developer Lunch Box series soon to return

We are excited to announce that our “Developer Lunch Box” series, aimed at giving prospective employees a taste of what it’s like to work for Xero, will be up and running again soon at Xero in Auckland and Wellington.

We ran our last session in October last year and had lots of interest – more than we had space for! In the end, 15 attendees were selected to come and have lunch on us where they got to meet and speak with CEO Rod Drury, and heard from early Xero employee Kirk Jackson who provided great insight into the development of the Xero platform.

Xero Developer Lunch Box

Here’s some of the feedback from last year’s session:

“I loved the expression of interest gathering!  It was a wonderful way to get insights into what makes Xero a great company to work for.  To an outsider, it provided a meaningful perspective by having key people involved with its success share their stories.” – Dirk

“Firstly, thank you for having me yesterday. It was great to get some insights into Xero. I, along with two other attendees got a bit of a guided tour around the office and I found this extremely helpful. “ – Jie

We have since hired Jie and Dirk!

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Squarespace Commerce: Everything you need to sell online – now with Beautiful Accounting!

Squarespace and XeroSquarespace is an all-in-one website publishing platform featuring a completely integrated commerce solution that makes selling online easy.

The platform provides everything you need to begin selling physical goods, digital goods – or even services right from your custom website. Squarespace’s flexible platform and their commerce integration with Xero are specifically designed to grow with your business needs.

Who is it for?

Squarespace’s commerce offering is for anyone who wants to start selling online. Checkout their awesome website builder here:

How Squarespace works with Xero

The integration allows you to easily connect your Squarespace account with Xero and  automatically sync every component of every incoming order. Setup is quick and easy, and makes use of some of Xero’s latest API enhancements – including syncing of tax rates and configuration of your chart of accounts. Your sales will be automatically mapped to the appropriate place within your Xero account, making it easy to keep track of your revenue, expenses, and tax liabilities with Xero.

Where you can use Squarespace

Squarespace’s website builder works globally, however their commerce tools work only in markets where Stripe’s payment gateway operates. For the time being, the Xero integration is only live in the US. It will roll out soon in the UK, and then Australia once Stripe leaves Beta.

Pricing

Xero integration included with Squarespace’s business package. See current pricing.

A special Squarespace’s offer for Xero customers

You can save 10% off your first Squarespace purchase by using offer code XERO upon checkout.