David had the opportunity to attend QuickBooks Connect - an Intuit sponsored event for business owners, accounting professionals and software developers. This included a number of targeted breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and a rock concert. Last year was the first year and it was great. This year was even better.
The keynote speakers included Jessica Alba and her business partner Brian Lee talking about their business venture The Honest Company, Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank, Brian Grazer - CEO of Imagine Entertainment, Sekou Andrews, and the one and only Oprah. Sekou was my favorite - he uses what he calls Poetic Voice to communicate with the audience. This was an encore from last year's event. I was impressed with Jessica Alba and Brian Lee as I ASSumed that their company is a business based on her celebrity but that is not the whole story. Yes, there was startup capital but she is the visionary and works full-time as its Chief Creative Officer. She started the company to provide alternative baby products without petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances. The company is now valued at $1.7 billion. Their message was about not compromising on your vision - yes, it may need to be tweaked or even scaled back but don't settle. Robert Herjavec told tales of his Shark Tank adventures and some behind the scenes experiences with his co-hosts and ended with a story about his father and how one sees fame & fortune is unique to each person. Oprah had a nice message about intention and how important it is to recognize and be cognizant of intentions in interactions. It made sense.
Intuit is sponsoring an event called Small Business Big Game. The winner is awarded a 30-second commercial to be aired during Super Bowl 2016. They did this last year and the winner was Goldie Blox, whose goal is level the playing field and get girls building. My mom bought one of their building sets for our granddaughter even before the ad. Since the ad, sales have skyrocketed. Intuit announced this year's finalists: Chubbies Shorts of San Francisco, Death Wish Coffee Company, and Vidler's 5 & 10.
Intuit also sponsored another $100,000 hackathon. Developers worked for two days around-the-clock on apps to solve problems for businesses. Winners were announced for existing app, New app, non-profit solution, and the overall winner. Method was well represented.
Oh, and the Goo Goo Dolls performed at the San Jose Civic Center as the final event.
David and Paul attended the Intuit Reseller Connect conference the two days following QB Connect. David attended the Advanced QB POS Revel training and Paul attended the general Intuit Reseller sessions. This past week, Paul attended a week long Revel Systems training at the Revel office in San Francisco and we are now not only certified by Intuit as a QuickBooks POS powered by Revel premium reseller but are now a Revel Reseller. This iPad based POS system is great for Quick Serve and Table Restaurants and they are making a play in the retail space as well. We met with Intuit and Revel product managers to discuss improvements to the product. And they are listening! Expect some excellent new functionality in that regard over the next months.
The keynote speakers are not the reason we attend these events. That might be a draw for others but we go to better understand the software direction, add breadth and depth to our knowledge base, and network with peers on best practices. The end goal is to better serve our clients and continue to be your trusted advisor. More to follow.