Ending the Enterprise Series and Awarding The Stackees: Celebrating Achievements in Techstacking
October 13, 2023
On Wednesday we hosted an event to celebrate our webinar series, Building an Enterprise-Level System with Xero. We're still riding high on the wave of excitement from an unforgettable night at Xero’s London office. It was a pleasure to be joined by panellists, app partners and webinar superfans alike to celebrate the series - we hope you had a blast!
To mark the end of this series, and as part of the direction we're taking with CFO Techstack (see more below), we inaugurated The Stackees. These awards acknowledge amazing achievements at the upper end of the Xero userbase and those who are blazing a trail in what it's possible to do when it comes to scaling your techstack as a finance function.
And the winners are…
Breakout CFO Techstacker of the Year: Beth Staff
This award is all about celebrating someone who has gone above and beyond their years in utilising Xero and its ecosystem to elevate the performance of their finance team.
Beth is the Head of Finance at Sylvera, a climate tech startup backed by renowned investors. Sylvera is a leading carbon data provider that enables businesses and governments to confidently invest in real climate impact. The judging panel were impressed by Beth’s high-growth mindset, using the ecosystem to massively streamline core financial operations processes for her finance team. Beth analyses where her team spend their time, if it's on something that isn't solving a problem for the business, she looks to automate that process cost-effectively.
CFO Techstack Consultant of the Year: flinder
We wanted to recognise cloud experts who excel as guides or advisors, counselling growing businesses on how best to scale their finance function.
flinder helps tech, SaaS and e-commerce businesses to accelerate growth. This award was accepted by Luke Streeter, Co-Founder and COO at flinder, on behalf of the company. Our judging panel recognised that flinder have been on an impressive journey over the past six years to build an advisory offering that scales and runs their clients’ finance function, even for enterprise transformation projects. They’re all about what is the right app stack for your particular set of circumstances, what is the right process for you to go through and how can you stretch Xero? As clients have grown with flinder they start thinking about if they need to move to an ERP system. In the six years since they were founded, flinder have very rarely come across situations where the ecosystem isn’t enough and the businesses actually has to make that move.
CFO Techstacker of the Year: Steve Jarvis
This award celebrates a seasoned CFO who has achieved a great deal with Xero plus its ecosystem. They’ll know the ecosystem apps like the back of their hand, having used a varied selection across different business sectors.
Steve is an experienced entrepreneurial CFO, board member and investor with experience in capital raising, start-ups, scale-ups and exits in the sustainability industry. Our judges recognised Steve’s expertise with the Xero ecosystem by virtue of the scaling journey he’s followed across various roles throughout his career. Steve builds from an early stage, where Xero can do a lot on its own, and knows instinctively at what point to start reaching out to the app ecosystem and to other partners to scale their finance function seamlessly. Steve is currently embarking on his most ambitious Xero based system implementation to date.
A massive thank you to Xero for hosting us in their office and for being a fantastic support throughout the series - shoutout to Vi, Chris and Alastair! Huge thanks to Chris for joining David on stage to discuss the Xero ecosystem and what Xero is doing to help scaling businesses thrive.
Special thanks to the app partners who participated in the series, our series sponsors, and all of the webinar panellists, particularly those who could join us last night. Let’s also have a round of applause for the Mayday team - thank you for coming together to create a phenomenal evening.
We’re beyond grateful to all those who registered for our webinars. With over 700 of you, we can see there’s a real demand for content aimed at tech-savvy CFOs - this is not the end.
The reception of this webinar series has blown us away. We can see that there’s a real demand among CFOs and other in-house finance leaders for information and insights from peers around how to scale with Xero.
We’re launching a new newsletter under a new brand, CFO Techstack, where we will continue to share these insights and promote future webinars and events.
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