Five years ago November, I met Rod Drury in Las Vegas at what was then the Sleeter Conference. I’m pretty sure that was Xero and Rod's first exposure to the US market. There was a lot of talk in Brisbane about how Xero changes lives. Boy, has it changed mine. Little did I know that 1) Harshman Phillips would become HPC 2) A little boutique CPA firm in Atlanta would become a global technology professional services and advisory company 3) HPC and I would have NO physical offices and lastly 4) I would get to travel the world AND be recognized in far away places as a sort of Xero hero and industry icon. All of that thanks to Xero, taking a leap of faith, and a lot of hard work.
I can't say enough about the Xero ecosystem and worldwide community and the changes and opportunities it has afforded me (for those of you that know me, YES my eyes are welling up!). The business relationships and more importantly, the deep personal friendships developed around the world, are and have been just amazing.
With all of that said and provided the opportunity to attend both XeroCon SF and XeroCon South in Brisbane (Brizzy or Brisvegas as it is affectionately called). I thought I would share my observations and a little comparison. I do believe I was the only US Xero Partner to attend both.
I am going to break it into two blog posts. First the fun stuff, here. Next week I will cover the business side.