After a year-long process of being judged by successful companies and previous winners, Rod Drury recently won the NZX Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which landed him in the competition for the global title – it’s like the entrepreneurial version of the America’s Cup. This man is actively at the helm of Xero, making sure it stays its course with an eye on the future. The impressive part is that it’s not just his future or his employees futures – it’s for the future of the whole fleet of the eco-system, including partners and advisors.
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Kirsten Barrie: Let’s talk about some specific Xero functions: what is the progress on developing quotes and other horizontal accounting functions?
Rod Drury: Currently we do have a solution for quotes, we have some really great partners that handle that aspect well....
Kirsten Barrie: That’s a very good philosophy. Juxtaposed, that leads me into asking what you think of Intuit’s acquisitions?
Rod Drury: We have a view that you don’t really want one vendor for all of your business tools...