Xero tech junkies, founder, non-executive director and former CEO Rod Drury, and co-founder and former UK Managing Director Gary Turner provide their monthly take on the latest innovations in the world of tech.
Ep 06: Xerocon, iPhone X and cryptocurrencies (oh my)...
With the energy and excitement of Xerocon London still in the air, Rod and Gary are back with a new episode of the Rod and Gary Show. And with such a massive turnout this year in the UK and Melbourne, the two start with a stroll down memory lane – with stories about the first Xerocon, including a peek into what inspired the name.
Although much has changed from the first Xerocon, the idea of not making it about Xero has stayed the same. And clearly that still holds true today with a focus on the bigger ecosystem, impressive list of speakers and the excitement around Xero HQ.
Xero HQ – the open practice platform for accountants – brings the idea of openness, collaboration and connectivity to the forefront. This ultimately drives innovation and creates a push for a universal adoption of technology by small business.
Rod and Gary then switch gears to chat iPhone X and how they feel the new version compares. Is Apple’s focus on privacy a limitation or advantage for the tech company? The two have strong opinions that you won’t want to miss.
And when Rod admits he’s getting “Android curious,” you know there’s a shift in power. Ear buds that can translate language in real-time is just the tip of the data driven iceberg for Google. “They have much more opportunity to do magical things with software,” says Rod.
The two finish with a discussion on the current state of Bitcoin and Blockchain. Why doesn’t Rod think of Bitcoin as a sustainable currency? And what kind of problems does Gary think we haven’t invented yet for Blockchain to solve? Tune into the episode to find out!
Ep: 05 - Is this the end of the Mac?
Rod Drury and Gary Turner are back with another electric episode of The Rod & Gary Show. This month, they’re dissecting the recent announcements coming out of Apple’s 2017 WWDC conference, and you don’t want to miss the debate that ensues!
Is this the end of the Mac? Are Apple’s productivity tools still relevant? Rod and Gary have some strong opinions about these questions and more.
Plus, Rod goes into Xero’s humble beginnings and reflects on why going public in the first year of operation – with only 100 customers – was the right move. Fast forward ten years later and more than one million customers – yup, he definitely got it right.
Tune into this episode to hear more on the initial IPO, how Apple is taking a step to block tracking, and the photo tool that Rod calls “slightly creepy.”
Ep: 04 - To F8 and back again
This month Rod and Gary discuss the most memorable keynotes out of Facebook’s recent F8 conference.
Highlights include reimagined uses for the humble camera, VR and AR, and sensors that use skin for sound – allowing you to hear through your skin. And you know Rod and Gary have some strong opinions on that!
The guys also dive into the latest scandal at Uber, and discuss what the rapid move to digitization means for small business – including the massive opportunity it creates for accountants. And what are Rod’s thoughts on Apple after accidentally breaking two iPhone’s in one week? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
Ep: 03 - Death of the Gadget
Your watch is your phone, your phone is your camera, your TV is your computer. Is this the death of the gadget?
Join Gary and Rod as they talk about how technology works - or doesn’t - in a domestic ecosystem.
Ep: 2 - The future of banking is rapidly approaching
This month Gary and Rod discuss the rapidly approaching future of mobile banking. The UK and Europe have seen an explosion of new banks targeting consumer retail banking with a completely digital online banking experience.
The guys also discuss Elon Musk’s announcement about building a truck network, and how at every step he’s been implementing big strategy in plain sight. How does this tie in with artificial intelligence and virtual reality? You’ll have to listen to find out.