By Chris Joannou
The Grind Continues: Melbourne Style

After the successful launch of Startup Grind in Melbourne with Brent Chandler from Zwift we are pleased to announce the next in a line of Australia’s finest – Chris Ridd CEO of Xero.com coming October 18.

Chris Ridd has been Managing Director of Australia at Xero Limited since February 2011. Mr. Ridd has more than 20 years in the Australian IT industry – the last 15 years at Microsoft. His experience spans a range of disciplines including enterprise sales and marketing, product management, strategic planning, business analysis, channel development and people management. He was Director of the Microsoft Dynamics Business Group for Australia.

“Xero is one of the world’s fastest growing providers of online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 100,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries, with teams established across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Xero uses a cloud computing model where financial information is accessible anywhere, anytime. With a real-time data view, multiple user access and comparable report formats, Xero provides the features you need to operate a successful business”.

On a personal level, we are always excited to hear the story of a successful company with a product that we indeed use ourselves. The Xero accounting software is something that I have personally raved about a couple of times now. If you have a chance definitely check out the trial it will make your business financials a pleasure to deal with, especially come tax time.