5,000 plus people getting together to talk about empathy.
To talk about innovation.
To talk about the power of many supporting the individual.
And this conversation resonated through an entire rain-filled day in California. That is the summation of Day Two of QuickBooks Connect.
People in the Position of Power
Today’s morning started out with the Main Day Kickoff held on the Main Stage. With the doors opening at 8:30am, I had a chance to actually see the volume of people that came to hear what Brad Smith and Sasan Goodarzi have to share about the vision and the direction that Intuit is taking to put the needs and wants of users into play.
What were some of the highlights? Of course, some of these highlights only impact the accounting professional, so I will not bore you here. However, one that stood out and excited me was the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in QBSE (QuickBooks Self-Employed), now branded as QuickBooks Assistant.
We all know Siri, right? Well, QBSE has a Siri of its own. Want to know what you made last month? Ask your app. Want to know how that compared to last month. Just ask your app. Want to see what you spent last month? Just ask.
That’s just the beginning. Wouldn’t this help people wanting to do their own bookkeeping and have a quick handle on where they stand? I think so. This innovation will be a definite step in the right direction for all consumers that want to utilize QuickBooks.
My other big takeaway is the soon-to-be in Canada QuickBooks Capital. You will soon be able to borrow up to $25,000 from Intuit and will immediately see the cost to borrow, payment terms, length of the borrowing term, etc. The part that I like best is the almost immediate response to your request. Unfortunately, this is not rolling out until sometime further down the road, but it’s definitely on the roadmap.
Well-done, Intuit, for thinking about the consumer and helping them reach their goals!
Apps, Apps, and More Apps
In San Jose, there are so many app partners in attendance that they must be broken up into two different parts of the conference centre. There are apps for payroll, reporting, POS (point-of-sale), processing payments, accounts receivable collection and so much more — I couldn’t possibly record them all here.
Every booth was completely inundated with people yesterday, wanting to know how they can further the business they owned. The questions focused on people wanting to know how this or that automation could save them time. And really, that is what it’s all about.
The Learning Never Stops
No day at a conference is complete without learning something from others that have value to share — and today was no different.
Are you a non-profit and want to change the reporting to suit your needs? We had a session for that.
Did you want to automate and move from being a small one-person business to a growth-oriented company and didn’t know how to make that transition? There was a session talking about how that could happen.
What about understanding pricing and maximizing the returns? Yep, that too.
All in all, there was so much to absorb, so many great ideas shared, and many talented people that you could not have possibly been able to attend them all.
Entertainment and Festivities
QuickBooks Connect never disappoints with the featured speakers and entertainment it provides. Hosted by Lisa Ling, this year’s line-up included Tyra Banks, Shonda Rhimes, Nate Berkus and Dave Gilboa on the main stage for the end of the day.
They offered powerful messages that really pushed home to attendees how important it is to believe in what you are doing and to really be true to your product and yourself, but most of all, have a reason to reach for the stars.
Your success comes from that belief.
Now surround yourself with your pack, gather your tribe, and take the world by storm. This was a two-hour pep talk that completely made the entire room buzz and pop. The electricity and energy were felt throughout the room, and I can only use one word to describe this.
Our day ended with a party that probably continued well into the evening. I called it a night early, but if the shenanigans that I seen was any indication, there was no one that didn’t have a good time. Let’s face it, an open bar, good food, great company, and awesome music turns 5,000 people into a party that shuts down the venue every time.
Friday is the final day to learn and grow at QB Connect, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the day is going to bring. Hang on and join me on this journey of fun, sun (minus today’s rain), and excitement.
The ride is almost over.
Until the next time,