Last night Xero attended the New Zealand Internet Industry Awards at Parliament Buildings, presented by InternetNZ and the Liz Dengate Thrush Foundation. We were nominated and won Best Business Application on the Internet. Thanks to all the judges and the Foundation for the award – it was very humbling to receive it on such an auspicious night.
It was a great event – lots of inspiring young companies as well as some great initiatives from Government, showing how far the internet is really permeating our lives in all sectors.
There were lots of highlights, but we were especially happy to meet Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet. Vint was one of the original founders of the protocol that makes the Internet work – TCP. He’s now at Google as Chief Internet Evangelist – Craig tried to convince him that Xero would be as big as Google one day and he was very polite with his response (lots of nodding and smiling). He’s a great speaker and definitely a great coup for the event to have him as key note speaker.
It was also great to meet so many of our customers. The photographer on the night was Penny from Inspire Photography – not only was she fantastic taking lots of shots of the night but she is also a very happy customer. Being online we have a lot of customers who are everywhere and nowhere so it’s wonderful to actually meet them and talk to them about what they do and how Xero integrates with their businesses.
We also had a great chat to PocketSmith – the guys from PocketSmith had made the long journey from Dunedin to be there (road trip!) and the enthusiasm they have for what they’re doing is intoxicating. We wish them the best of luck for their push for global domination.
As is often the case in this day and age I got to meet a few people I’d only ever met via our @Xero account on Twitter – they only knew me as ^OG (Orange Girl for those who’ve been wondering) so it was great putting faces to names. I was also chuffed to bump into the person that employed me in my first web job 12 years ago – I joined CWA New Media to enter content in HTML into static websites like NZ On Air and Ministry of Education – if it wasn’t for that job I wouldn’t be here at Xero today!
We also talked to some guys from Inland Revenue who were the most excited about tax we’ve ever seen!
So all and all a great night and we’re very proud to win the award.