Xero (company)

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Xero Limited
IndustrySoftware as a service
Founded2006; 17 years ago (2006) in Wellington, New Zealand
Key people
  • David Thodey
  • (chair of the board)
  • Rod Drury
  • (director)
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
  • (CEO)
ProductsAccounting software
RevenueIncrease NZ$1.097 billion (2022)
Decrease NZ$41.97 million (2022)
Decrease NZ$-9.11 million (2022)
Total assetsIncrease NZ$2.34 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease NZ$1.03 billion (2022)
Number of employees
Increase 4,784 (2022)
Footnotes / references

Xero is a New Zealand–based technology company that provides cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. The company has offices in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.[7][8] Xero's products are based on the software-as-a-service model and sold by subscription, based on the type and number of entities managed by the subscriber.[9] The products are used in over 180 countries.[10][11]


In 2006, Xero was founded by Rod Drury and Hamish Edwards in Wellington,[12][13][14] where Xero Limited's headquarters are still located.[15] The company was originally called Accounting 2.0.[14]

By 2017, Xero had more than one million customers globally,[16] and the following year, it had more than one million subscribers in Australia and New Zealand.[17] In April 2018, Steve Vamos was appointed as CEO, replacing Rod Drury who remained on the board as a non-executive director.[18] Vamos announced in November 2022 that he would step down in February 2023 and be replaced by Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, a former executive of Google and StubHub.[19][20]

In 2019, the company announced it had over two million global subscribers,[21] and three million subscribers in September 2021.[22]


The Xero accounting software uses a single unified ledger, which allows users to work in the same set of books regardless of location or operating system.[23] It provides automatic bank feeds, invoicing, accounts payable, expense claims, fixed asset depreciation, purchase orders, bank reconciliations, and standard business and management reporting.[24]

In 2011 and 2012, the Xero Touch mobile apps for iOS and Android devices were released.[25]

In the 2019 financial year, Xero offered services relating to Making Tax Digital in the United Kingdom,[26] Single Touch Payroll in Australia,[27] and Payday Filing in New Zealand.[28]


Xero went public on the New Zealand Exchange on 5 June 2007, with a NZ$15 million IPO, gaining 15% on its first trading day.[29] It went public on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 8 November 2012.[2][30]

Xero transitioned to a sole listing on the ASX on 5 February 2018, delisting from the NZX on 2 February 2018.[31] In September 2019, the market capitalisation of Xero on the ASX exceeded NZ$10 billion, and it was ranked as the third most valuable publicly-listed New Zealand company.[32]

Xero has also received funding from various investors. In 2009, it received NZ$23 million of funding led by MYOB founder, Craig Winkler.[33] It raised an additional NZ$4 million in 2010 from Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures who also invested an additional US$16.6 million in February 2012.[34] It raised $49 million in a funding round in November 2012 with the largest amounts coming from Peter Thiel and Matrix Capital.[35] The company raised more than $100 million at a valuation of approximately $1.4 billion on the NZE by May 2013.[36][37] This valuation was before receiving an additional NZ$180 million from Thiel and Matrix in October 2013, bringing total funding to more than $230 million.[38] Xero raised an additional $100 million from Accel and $10.8 million from Matrix Capital on 25 February 2015.[39] On 5 October 2018, Xero announced a settlement of US$300 million in convertible notes, more than previously raised by a New Zealand or Australian company not listed in the United States. As a result, the company was awarded 'best hybrid' deal of 2018 by Finance Asia.[40]

Acquisitions and partnerships[edit]

In July 2011, Xero acquired the Australian online payroll provider Paycycle for a mixture of cash and shares totaling NZ$1.9 million, to integrate the company's products into its services.[41] It acquired Spotlight Workpapers in July 2012 for a mixture of cash and shares totaling $800,000.[42]

In July 2018, Xero formed a partnership with US payroll platform Gusto.[43] In August 2018, it acquired Hubdoc, a data capture application.[44] In November 2018, it acquired cloud-based accounts preparation and tax filing application Instafile for £5.25 million.[45]

In August 2020, Xero acquired Waddle, an Australian-based invoice financing startup, for A$80 million. The payment included $31 million in cash and $49 million in earnout payments. Waddle allows small businesses to access loans secured by their accounts receivables.[46][47] In march 2023 Xero announces it was cutting jobs and closing the Waddle app [48]

In November 2021, it acquired inventory management provider Locate Inventory for US$19 million,[49] and in December 2021, Xero announced it was acquiring Canadian tax software provider, TaxCycle, for CA$75 million.[50]

In November 2022, Xero announced establishment of a technology base in India in partnership with technology outsourcing company Infosys.[51] The India technology base includes engineering and developer roles.[51]

See also[edit]


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