Attendees Encouraged and Equipped to Grow their Businesses
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU) delivered another dynamic event, connecting,
educating and inspiring thousands of small businesses, accountants and
developers at this year’s QuickBooks
Connect in San Jose, Calif.
“QuickBooks Connect brought together more than 4,500 small businesses,
accountants and developers, face-to-face and side-by-side, demonstrating
the unmatched power of our ecosystem,” said Brad Smith, president and
chief executive officer of Intuit. “Over the course of three days, we
fueled each other through inspiring speakers and informative workshops,
and all walked away with new insights and connections that will continue
to build our collective success.”
Main Stage Inspiration
QuickBooks Connect featured influential main stage speakers including:
Oprah Winfrey, global media leader, philanthropist, producer and
actress, who shared how to build, maintain and grow a professional and
Robert Herjavec, a leading shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit
“Shark Tank” and founder of Herjavec Group, who discussed how
entrepreneurs can differentiate themselves in a crowded market.
Jessica Alba, founder and chief creative officer of The Honest
Company, and Brian Lee, co-founder and chief executive officer of The
Honest Company, who participated in a fireside chat on developing and
adapting business models for growth.
Brian Grazer, Academy Award-winning producer and New York Times
best-selling author, who provided tips on how to generate new
opportunities through networking, mentorship and curiosity.
An event recap video, as well as select main stage sessions, can be
viewed on the QuickBooks
Educational Breakout Sessions and Workshops
The event included dozens of tailored breakout sessions and workshops
featuring the expertise of speakers from a range of industries with
insights and advice for a diverse audience:
Small businesses and entrepreneurs received personal speed
mentoring sessions hosted by Lean Startup Co., while thought leaders
Scott Cook, Intuit founder, and Eric Ries, author and founder of the
Lean Startup movement, shared their challenges and successes of
bringing a seed of an idea to life.
Accountants learned to embrace innovative strategies designed
to help them save time, grow their practice, drive client success and
create a future-ready firm today by transitioning to the cloud,
strengthening their role as a trusted advisor and using social media
and the Web more effectively.
Developers had a chance to solve big problems for small
businesses during Intuit’s second QuickBooks Connect Hackathon, where
Collbox won the grand prize, valued at ,000, for simplifying the
small business owner’s task of chasing down customers who owe them
money, all tied into QuickBooks Online.
New Additions to the QuickBooks Ecosystem
Intuit also announced several new product enhancements:
Providing better financing options with the QuickBooks
Financing marketplace, including a new line of credit product
offered in partnership with OnDeck,
and a new partnership with Fundbox
that enables small businesses to advance payments for outstanding
Launching a new
partner program that will provide developers with the marketing
support they need to reach more than 1 million small businesses around
the world that run on the QuickBooks platform.
Providing a new range of solutions to make it easier for retailers,
e-commerce merchants, wholesalers and manufacturers to manage their
inventory and sales channels. These solutions build on the power of
the QuickBooks platform and leading third-party apps.
Simplifying tax preparation on QuickBooks Online Accountant with Trial
Balance, designed to reduce or eliminate manual data import, export
and entry work. The feature helps accounting professionals save time
and become better strategic advisors for their clients.
Small Business Big Game Top 3 Finalists
Intuit announced the top three finalists in its Small Business Big Game
contest, one of whom will receive an expenses-paid, 30-second television
commercial during professional football’s biggest game on Feb. 7.
For more information on the event, visit the QuickBooks
About Intuit Inc.
Intuit Inc. creates business and
financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for
small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.
Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks®,
and TurboTax® and Mint.com,
which make it easier to manage small
businesses and payroll
processing; tax preparation
and filing; and personal finance. ProSeries®
and Lacerte® are Intuit’s
leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had revenue of .2 billion in its fiscal year
2015, with approximately 7,700 employees in major offices in the United
States, Canada, the United
Kingdom, India, Australia,
and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.
Source: Intuit Inc.