Over the years we’ve built up a great collection of videos – how-to videos, videos covering Xero essentials, and case studies. But the videos were sometimes hard to find, as they were spread all over our website, blog and other places. So we created Xero TV to bring it all together.
Xero TV is (xero.com/tv) a one stop shop for all video content on Xero.com. We now have all our videos in one convenient place that gives you a powerful learning tool at your fingertips, offering engaging video-based learning journeys and exciting updates.
We want it to be the fastest and easiest way for you to access our range of video content.
But we think Xero TV speaks for itself. Check it out and let us know what you think!
I’ve been on many road trips in my life, but never one as big as this. The Xero Roadshow for Australia covers 20 cities – from Bendigo, all the way up to Darwin. It has an audience of over 5,000 accountants and bookkeepers in attendance, so it’s no wonder the nerves have kicked in a little!
With more and more businesses heading to the cloud, it’s an exciting time to be getting up in front of so many people to chat about cloud technology, market updates and other exciting news from Xero.
Of course, I won’t be the only one speaking. You’ll also get to hear from Xero product, Tax and partner specialists – plus we’ll have 38 exhibitors (across the 20 events), giving you ample opportunity to explore the App ecosystem that is continually evolving. And we encourage you, as always, to ask questions, network and start a dialogue.
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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.
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 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.
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.
Production Performance issues: 27th Jan GMT – current
Xero’s performance monitoring has indicated slowdowns within the Xero App. This will result in occasional but widespread slowness loading pages within Xero. The performance degradation appears to be related to load, with performance returning to normal after peak load times (9pm-5am GMT).
The Operations and Development teams are investigating this as our highest priority. We will continue to update this blog with more developments until performance is returned to normal. The next update will be at 8:30pm Weds 29th Jan GMT.
Our apologies for the delay in posting this notification. We have been actively working on a fix for the issue since noticing it yesterday and hoped to have it resolved this morning. This afternoon it became apparent that our initial fix had not worked and the issue may be on-going.
We acknowledge the frustration this may be causing for users, and thank you for your support while we pull out all the stops to get this fixed.
Performance Issues Update: 8:30pm Weds 29th Jan GMT
The team has been working overnight on the performance problem. We’re following several leads about what could be causing slowdowns in web page load times and we’re working closely with our technology partners for diagnostics.
At this point we do not have an ETA for a fix but will update with more progress by 12am Thurs 30th Jan GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 12am Thurs 30th Jan GMT
We have made changes in the Xero environment and performance has improved compared to the same time yesterday.
Performance is still not as good as we would like so we continue to focus on this issue as our highest priority.
The team is preparing more changes to bring performance back inline with our expectations and we’ll be applying these through the day.
We will update the blog again at 4:30am Thurs 30th GMT
Performance Issues Update: 4:30am Thurs 30th GMT
The changes made today have improved performance. We are still seeing some slowdowns though. The team is continuing to chase them with deep diagnostics and help from our technology partners.
We’ll be working through the evening on improving performance, and will update the blog with more news at 8:30pm Thurs Jan 30 GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 8:30pm Thurs Jan 30 GMT.
The team’s work overnight has resulted in substantial performance improvements. However we are still seeing very occasional slowdowns.
We are continuing to investigate and will make performance improving changes throughout the day.
The blog will be updated again at 2am Fri 31st Jan GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 2am Fri 31st Jan GMT
We have rolled out further changes which have improved Xero performance overall. We’re monitoring these changes to ensure that they have made sufficient improvement. The team is on standby to continue diagnostics if performance drops again.
We will update the blog 9:00pm Sun, Feb 2 GMT at the latest, earlier if performance worsens.
Performance Issues Update: 9:00pm Sun, Feb 2 GMT.
We have implemented changes that have improved application performance across the board. We are continuing to monitor the system but at this stage we believe the performance issue is resolved.
If you are seeing on-going issues, please contact Customer Care with details and we will investigate.
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In this interview with London’s Cloud Channel TV, our UK managing director Gary Turner doesn’t think we need to see mobile as a separate thing – or at least he thinks the distinction between mobile tech and general tech is quickly disappearing.
We’re all used to having mobile at our fingertips. There’s no longer a real difference between being in or out of the office; we can work wherever we are. But the line between mobile smartphone and office-based PC is now almost redundant – all we’re really interested in, as businesses, is having instant access to the data and systems we need to get the job done. And the tech we use adds value purely by making things quicker and more efficient.
So, your choice of device is increasingly irrelevant. What’s important is the software you use, the relationships you have with your clients and the way you work with them.
In my role as Associate Account Manager for Xero UK, I deal with a large number of new Xero Accounting Partners in the early stages of their move to the cloud. In recent months I’ve noticed an interesting trend – more and more of these firms are being run primarily as businesses, not traditional accounting practices.
The subtle difference in many cases is the owner I talk to (or one of the owners) is not necessarily a qualified accountant but instead a business person/entrepreneur looking to take advantage of cloud disruption.
Firms which are built as a partnership between accountants and entrepreneurs are thriving with the entrepreneur driving the business side and the accountant doing what they do best: providing expert advice to clients.
With the direction of the accounting firm no longer driven primarily by someone with a background in doing traditional accounting work (such as annual accounts and tax preparation), the focus moves to marketing and business growth.
An eagle-eyed tweeter spotted this last week.
Oh, the intrigue! Well, I’m pleased to be able to confirm we’re changing the look of the header in Xero – in fact, this will become the standard for Xero including the Practice Studio suite of MyXero, Workpapers and Practice Manager for accountants.
As well as providing a more consistent look and feel across all of Xero’s applications, this change will also make it easier for us to deliver new shared features. A good example of this is the ability to search for an organisation – see below.
The change will be rolled out next Monday and since a few things have moved around a bit, I thought I’d let you know what to expect ahead of time.
Where’s the logout link?
Access to the logout link and to your user profile can be found by clicking on your name at the top right of the screen.
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Lately we’ve seen a new channel start to rise in our ecosystem: cloud integrators. Cloud integrators are specialists who support small business owners as they implement Xero with some of our many Add-on Partners. The result is a perfect cloud solution to run their businesses.
One of the benefits of the cloud is you can piece together the perfect solution for your business using best-in-class or best of breed apps, instead of using one vendor offering a compromised solution trying to be everything to everyone. This means it’s important to get it right up front and if you’re not an expert on what’s available, that’s where a cloud integrator can help.
Fundbox helps business owners improve their cash flow by transferring the amount of outstanding invoices to their bank accounts.
It provides a quick and simple way to improve your cash flow by advancing unpaid invoices. You’ll repay the amount over a 90 day period along with a small fee. You have the option to repay the full amount at any time and Fundbox will reimburse all the fees for the remaining period.
Who is it for?
It can work for any business that sends invoices or sells on credit. From creative professionals to manufacturing, any business wanting to improve their cash flow should consider Fundbox as a way to get cash into their bank faster.