Xero USA doubles …

…. staff. That’s right, we’ve gone from 3 to 6. Woohoo!

Despite the aggressive hiring climate, we’ve been able to recruit top talent because we all believe in the same thing – making the lives of small businesses easier.

Please welcome the new members to Xero Team USA. Spencer, Deborah, and Michael. They are awesome.

From left to right: Deborah, Michael, Spencer, Catherine, Craig, Jamie

Throughout the hiring process we were lucky to find out that they all have a love of numbers. And being an accounting software provider, that’s important to us : ) I thought I’d dig into their backgrounds on some things that aren’t commonly known about them.


3 is the number of cocktails Deborah can make in less than 30 seconds. It is also the number of scuba dives she’s done in one day, and lastly, it is the number of nicknames she has one of which is Whale Shark for her aptitude with poker. Poker, cocktails, scuba…it didn’t take much for us to take a liking to Deborah.


15 is the number of years of accounting experience Michael has with public and private companies. It is also the number of days before his wedding date that the wedding reception hall burned down, and lastly the number of steps he took crossing a street prior to being hit by a car. He ended up marrying the driver.


7 is the day in March when Spencer was born. It’s also his jersey number for all the teams he played for growing up including baseball and football. And lastly it is the number of stitches he received in his forehead on his 7th birthday after using a gift his uncle gave to him – an exacto knife. Who gives a 7-year-old a knife for their birthday?


295 is the number of things Catherine owns that are orange. “I quite like orange” Catherine says frequently. Anything from a pair of socks to an alarm clock with orange numbers to laundry detergent in an orange package to orange staples, there isn’t much that Catherine owns that doesn’t have some remnants of orange. She is looking for an orange traffic cone to add to her portfolio. Hopefully she doesn’t take this anywhere Michael will be walking.


10,000 is the number of songs Craig has on his iTunes Match. This is a an eclectic mix of everything from Mozart to Metallica, Tiesto to Tupac, Green Day to … dare I say it … Glee. He resisted telling me that, but secretly I think it’s his favorite album. I can hear him whisper-screaming to it on Fridays.

Kidding aside, each of Spencer, Michael, and Deborah has had some serious pain they’ve experienced with competing desktop software products. They have a solid understanding of cloud technologies and a sensibility to see that what Xero has built is the future of accounting software. We are super happy to have them on board and are looking forward to serving the needs of our small business customers in the USA.

If you’re up for a challenge in this huge exciting market and want to join our awesome team here please take a look at Xero Careers – we’re still hiring!


Mike Branch
January 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

Welcome! I hope I can get down there one of these days to meet all of you.

Catherine in reply to Mike Branch Xero
January 22, 2012 at 6:18 am

By the way, I don’t *actually* want a traffic cone! ^OG

Gayle Buchanan
January 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

nice post Jamie – thanks so much for a smile on a wet Sunday afternoon!
Welcome welcome to the team Deborah, Michael, Spencer.

Chris Downs
January 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Oh I dunno OG a little one would be quite cool

Jamie Sutherland
January 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

No worries Gayle. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in early February at Xerocon 2012.

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