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Xero celebrates 15 year anniversary with launch of Xero Day

Xero is donating to the Black Business Professional Association in Canada

Author: Canadian Accountant

TORONTO, July 9, 2021 – Xero, the global small business platform used by Canadian accountants and their SMB clients, marked its 15th anniversary this week. The company was launched on July 6, 2006, as a registered company in Wellington, New Zealand. Recognizing the milestone, it has launched Xero Day — an annual day to celebrate and acknowledge the people, customers, partners and communities who have played an important role in Xero’s journey so far. 

“Today, 6 July 2021, marks a special day for Xero,” says Xero CEO Steve Vamos. “Fifteen years ago, our founder, Rod Drury, and the founding Xero team took some of the first steps to bring the vision of accounting software in the cloud to life, creating a scalable, purposeful, global Software as a Service (SaaS) business from New Zealand.” 

Xero officially opened its Toronto office in 2018, when it acquired Toronto startup Hubdoc, then named Toronto as its North American hub for product development and technology innovation in 2020. “From our beginnings at a kitchen table in a Wellington apartment, to offices in more than 20 cities around the world, it’s been quite a journey,” says Vamos. 

“A journey built on the support and belief of our bookkeepers, accountants, the broader Xero partner community, and our people.” 

Today, the original vision to change the game for small business is stronger than ever with Xero’s team of more than 3,600 people working to bring Xero to millions more small businesses and their advisors around the world. 

Xero launches Xero Day, giving to charities in Canada and globally

To mark the inaugural Xero Day, Xero is giving back to the communities in which it operates by contributing to impactful community causes. Xero is donating NZ$15,000 (about $13,500 CDN) to each of the eight charities supported through its Xero Community Appeal in 2020-21. 

The charities are: Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) globally; Beyond Blue in Australia; Women’s Refuge in New Zealand; Save the Children in Asia; Advancement Project in the United States; Black Business Professional Association in Canada; Samaritans in the UK; and Won Life in South Africa. 

“We’re proud to support these organisations that align with our purpose — to improve the lives of people in small businesses, their advisors and communities all around the world. These charities help people in their communities build mental health and resilience; access frontline COVID-19 support; progress racial equality and justice; provide safe harbour for women facing domestic abuse; and equip under-resourced teachers to deliver quality education,” Vamos added. 

Watch the chat between Xero’s CEO Steve Vamos and founder Rod Drury as they talk about the plans for Xero Day and reflect on key moments in Xero’s journey over the past 15 years.

Published by Canadian Accountant with files from Xero Canada.

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