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Welcoming Hubdoc to the Xero family – business has never been so beautiful!

Posted 5 months ago in Advisors by Steve Vamos
Posted by Steve Vamos

We are excited to let you know that today Hubdoc joins the Xero family. This means we’ll be able to accelerate delivering Xero’s vision for code-free accounting. We want to help accountants and bookkeepers focus their efforts on making sense of a small business’ financial data – not collecting it.

Many of our accountant and bookkeeper partners are already using Hubdoc to streamline administrative tasks such as financial document collection and data entry so that they can run their practices more efficiently. The key benefits of the existing integration between Xero and Hubdoc are:

  • Streamlined data capture: Hubdoc complements Xero’s “Financial Web” strategy by auto-fetching financial documents from over 700 utilities, telecom providers, and online vendors, extracting the key financial data, and then seamlessly syncing the data into Xero
  • Real-time financial data: Xero can automatically match data imported from Hubdoc with bank feed transactions, so that accountants and their clients have an always up-to-date set of books, and can make more informed, timely business decisions
  • Organised and verified data: Hubdoc provides accountants and their clients with confidence that their financial documents are organised, secure, and always available. All data is “verified” with the source document, and easily searchable on any device

The Hubdoc team will continue to operate on a stand-alone basis as we work to identify the best way to integrate our product roadmaps. Over the longer-term, customers can expect to see a deeper, more powerful integration between the Xero and Hubdoc platforms. While we’re excited about this integration, it’s also important to note that Xero will always be an open ecosystem. That means that customers have the choice to use the apps that best meet their individual needs.

In addition to being a perfect product fit, Hubdoc is an ideal cultural match for Xero. Both companies share a vision for delivering innovative solutions that make it is easier for accountants, bookkeepers and small businesses to share data, uncover insights, and plan for the future. Some of the specific things our teams will focus on are:

  • Further enhancing Xero’s AI and Machine Learning features: Hubdoc processes tens of millions of financial documents a month, and uses that data to build machine learning models to accurately extract data from financial documents in real-time
  • Advancing our “financial web” strategy: Hubdoc uses secure, industry standard technology to gather data from telcos, utilities, banks and other online portals. Hubdoc will specifically enhance our ability to serve customers where direct data connections are not possible
  • Boosting our presence in Canada: Toronto-based Hubdoc will allow Xero to expand its presence in Canada, and attract new tech talent. Xero’s Toronto-based Canadian team, officially launched in May. Hubdoc also has employees who will join the Xero family in Australia and the UK

Bringing Hubdoc into the Xero family will enable us to take the next step in delivering a platform that seamlessly connects small businesses with their financial data and their accountants and bookkeepers. We’re excited to have the opportunity to accelerate our ability to deliver on our mission to rewire the global small business economy!

Hubdoc is currently available in Australia, the UK, Canada and the US. We’re eager to get to work on expanding to other markets, including New Zealand and Asia.

To learn more about Hubdoc, click here.

8 comments

Peter Morgan
August 1, 2018 at 11.03 am

If this means we will be able to fetch bank statements in addition to the existing bank data feeds it will be a huge time saver. Bank balances in Xero comprise an aggregate of imported bank statement transactions, so would normally reconcile to the year-end balance, but sometimes don’t. Reconciling to year end bank statement balances is a key step in Workpapers, and obtaining the year-end statement copies from the client is often a Roadblock. The suite of Hubdoc features replicates Receiptbank to a degree, but the ability to fetch statements is the game-changer.

Joanne Tait in reply to Peter Morgan Xero
August 1, 2018 at 3.54 pm

Hi Peter. Thanks for your comments, and glad to hear you are excited about this news! As you indicate, Hubdoc streamlines data entry by automatically fetching financial documents from over 700 utilities, telecom providers, banks and online vendors. This functionality will complement our existing strategy of delivering direct bank feeds where possible.

Mary-Clare Switz
August 1, 2018 at 11.28 am

Woohoo!

Denise Palmer
August 1, 2018 at 12.50 pm

Big news, I am excited to see the improvements to the product now that it is owned by Xero, my inner-nerd is doing cartwheels 🙂

Saad from The Usual Stuff
August 1, 2018 at 3.51 pm

That’s good to see Xero is expanding and diversifying at the same time thus creating a helpful eco-system for its fellow members.
This means that the Xero is not only focusing on the Accounting side but also paying heed towards the administrative issues that the accountants have to face in their day-to-day routine.
Good job.

Let’s see how this acquisition is going to benefit us.

Jason
August 1, 2018 at 10.47 pm

Good stuff! Will this replace receipt bank? It kinda does all these things, and allows you to photograph receipts too

Steve Sharpe in reply to Jason Xero
August 2, 2018 at 9.39 am

Thanks for your comment. We’re excited about having the opportunity to build a deeper integration with Hubdoc. At the same time, it’s important to remember that Xero has had an open ecosystem from very early on, and we remain committed to this. We believe our customers benefit when they can chose the solution that best suits their needs. That’s why other popular data automation partners like Receipt Bank will still be available in our marketplace, with access to Xero APIs for customers and accounting partners.

Khyam Chudhry
August 2, 2018 at 8.53 pm

certainly a good move by Xero. It will help accountants to have one software for bookkeeping and receipt scanning as currently we had to offer multiple apps to clients to do these tasks. I am still waiting for someone to do CRM, receipt scanning and bookkeeping, accounting and tax filing all at one place. Gradually but slowly coming this way.

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