Three, Two, One, Xero

April 3, 2007

Welcome to Xero

Xero went live publicly today.   Sort of.  It’s a limited public release, and unfortunately I’m too late getting myself an account (and I never made it to the beta list).  So you’ll have to wait as well!  I suppose it’s better to get it right first off, as opposed to having egg on your face.

I’m itching to get my hands on this.   A couple of colleagues and I have just set up our own business, and now that bills have to be paid we’re screaming for a good accounting package.  Cashflow is super-critical for us at the moment. Our accountant is based out of Lower Hutt, so the distance is a potential issue for us as well.  Being able to share our financial data in real time with him will be a real bonus.

The pricing seems very fair and reasonable, too. NZ$50pm for a two user package, NZ$100pm for an unlimited package.  I’ve seen web apps that do twice as less for twice the cost.

Without having used it yet (sigh), it looks a real shining example of web2.0 “goodness” at it’s very best.  Rod had assembled an awesome crew, and I hope Xero really goes places.

Okay, I’d better get back to my Excel spreadsheet!


Well, after years of talking about it, I’ve finally set up my own IT business with two trusted colleagues.

So here I am, introducing YouDo.  We officially open for business tomorrow morning, and already have an awesome contract in the bag.


We’re all about bringing a straight up, common sense approach to delivering internet solutions that empower their users.  Technology should not get in the way.  It should enable.

We’re not a web design/UI shop.  We’re not a standard IT development shop.  We’re the bridge between the two.  We are a crowd that will deliver robust, simple-to-use, and productive experiences to end users of a complex business processes.   We’ll make the hard things easy.

We also have a couple of products in the pipeline that we’re pretty excited about (more to come later on this).  Product development brings a different set of exciting challenges, and hopefully the product and services sides can strengthen each other.

Hopefully we can maintain a good balance between services and product.  As with many startups, we’ll be bootstrapping our way through for the first wee while.  We’ve all got wife and kiddies to feed so cash truly rules.  I never realised how much you are wrapped in cotton wool when you are an employee.

We’ll aim to get our site up and running over the next month.
It’s the start of a new journey for me and the guys, but we’re pursuing our dreams and passions.

You only live once…