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!
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!
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Clio is cloud-based Legal Practice Management software for small-mid sized law firms.
From unique ‘matter-centric’ task management workflows to robust time and billing, Clio is packed with great functionality and reporting.
It even helps law firms manage documents and collaborate with clients – all in the cloud.
Who is Clio for?
Clio is for law firms looking to better manage their entire business from virtually any internet connected device.
Today the Xero API team shipped their final release for 2013, adding support for creating accounts via the API.
What is most notable for me is the pace at which the API development teams are delivering really useful improvements to the Core accounting and payroll APIs – API users are loving it.
Xero API product manager Tony Rule reckons his team has shipped six major feature releases in the last 12 weeks alone, but he might be under selling it a bit – this is just a flavour of what the team has achieved in 2013:
BodeTree provides financial insight, access to capital and business education for small business owners.
BodeTree enables you to secure the right funding for your company by building a loan application from your company’s own financial data. This ensures you are connected with the right funding sources. Business owners gain insight into their business in order to make key decisions. You’ll see the financial health of your company, what your company is worth and how you stack up against your competition.
Who is BodeTree for?
BodeTree is for business owners seeking greater insight and guidance on how to improve their company.