So who are you anyway, and what do you do?
What was your last job before getting into this?
My last job was being an unemployed international traveller. Brilliant job, but the salary isn’t great. Prior to that I was a Chartered Accountant at the lovely firm, full of lovely people, called Curtis McLean in Wellington NZ. Curtis McLean is a Xero partner literally over the road from Xero HQ.
And why did you decide to do what you do now?
After a 4 year degree and 3 years in practice I wasn’t sure crunching numbers was quite my calling. Think it was that bleeding Chartered Accountancy course with its horrible 6hr exam that tipped me over the edge. Plus it was time to go see that big wide world. Love Xero and everything that comes with it so it was a obvious path for me. I’m lucky enough to be able to combine the big OE with working for the best company in the world (I haven’t worked for invitbox yet)!
What is it about the 60/70/80/90s that you miss most? (Choose one)
Well I’ve only really got one option here as I wasn’t around for the rest. So its the 90s – I miss getting a 50cent mix from the dairy. I never thought I would say it, but I miss school because you see all your best friends every day, all day.
What is the biggest challenge facing SMEs today?
Lack of time. Small businesses, by definition – are small. this means there’s little or no room for specialist roles. As a result small business owners often become the ‘Jack of all Trades’. The bottom line (no pun intended) is that SME’s are spending their days treading water and living in the short term, leaving them little or no time to actually work on their businesses and focus on what’s around the corner.
Can cloud software solve that challenge? And if so, how? And if not, what can?
Hell yea! Streamlining those back office, time consuming tasks to focus on the stuff that really matters.
If you could retire now, what would you do? Or not do?
This is an easy one. I would build my dream home which would be in Central Otago, NZ or on a beach some where in northern NZ. It would have a wine cellar, massive kitchen, open fire place and a pizza oven. Have lots of dinner parties and enjoy life. But then I might get bored. So I would need a job and it would have to be a productive one. But only if it allowed me to travel the world at least 4 months a year.
If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
Don’t spend money on stupid things because you might need it later.
If you could buy anyone a drink in a bar and chat to them about anything, who would it be, what drink, and what would you talk about?
Russell Brand. He doesn’t drink these days (apparently) so I guess I would buy him a coke? I would probably have a wine. I don’t think I would have control over a conversation with him, but he would surely make me laugh. I will try and hunt him down here in London and will let you know how I get on.
If you could walk up to anyone, kick them in the shins and shout something at them, who would it be, and what would you shout? Go on….get it off your chest!
Most London commuters…”WHERE DID YOU LOSE YOUR MANNERS YOU PRICKS?”
If you could walk up to anyone and hug them, who would it be, and why?
I guess anyone in my family really. We all live in different corners of the world so don’t get to catch up very often.
What’s your favourite meat and gravy meal?
Roast Pork with crackling, apple sauce, gravy and roast spuds. Throw in a few kumara for good measure.
What is your greatest achievement?
Wouldn’t want to bore you.
What do you want to achieve that you haven’t as yet?
Win a hotdog eating competition.
What’s next for you?
Helping Xero take over the world. Me seeing the world and soaking up all it has to offer!
Chloe is Partner Enablement Specialist with Xero in the UK.