Accodex has finally achieved Platinum Status with Xero. That puts us in the top percentile of Xero Partner firms, and we did it from little old Adelaide, starting with no clients.

In 2011, I started an accounting firm with my best mate from school Markus. I was 24 and thought I knew everything already. Starting an accounting firm seemed like a good idea at the time.

One of the most important decisions was, what software should we use? I went with the obvious decision and made inquiries with established players. After discovering we were a startup firm with no clients, we must have gotten handed off to the worst account manager they had. I was there, prepared to drop tens of thousands of dollars on practice management software but I couldn’t even get my calls returned.

One day while waiting for a call back, I jumped on Google and started looking at alternatives. I found a sketchy Kiwi startup called Xero. When I contacted them, I was met by one of the most enthusiastic account managers I had ever spoken to. It was none other than Andy Whitelaw, who incidentally is still with the company. I wasn’t sure what Kool Aid he was drinking, but I wanted to get my hands on it. To be honest, the product back then sucked. It didn’t even have payroll, but it was in the cloud and it had bank feeds. Further we could run the practice on WorkflowMax and Spotlight Workpapers for a fraction of the cost I had budgeted for. I knew this technology was going to change the game.

That night I went to sleep on it, and woke up at 4am with one word on my mind: Xero.

I messaged Markus to tell him we were all in, and fortunately posted to Facebook for posterity.


Six years later we are now one of the most technologically advanced accounting firms on the planet with 30% of our work in technology consulting. We have even gone so far as to invest millions into building our own practice management software.

Steve Leaney joined the Xero crew as the first Adelaide Account Manager and he has been with us every step of the way since. It’s great being surrounded by people that believe in what they are doing. It has been a long road with Xero and one that I’m happy to be a part of.



Written By: Chris Hooper, Chief Executive Officer



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