I caught up with Xero’s chief product officer, Angus Norton, at Xerocon 2015 in Melbourne Showgrounds. Norton is essentially the boss of all the engineers working on Xero’s software, both the client side for business owners and the practice management software for accountants.
Norton spends his time mulling over the big themes that drive Xero’s development and then assigning engineers to work on intersecting ideas. There is no-one else in Xero who knows more about where the software is headed.
I asked Norton whether the four megatrends he outlined when he started the job last year had changed. And also whether Xero will take the plunge into making money from loans, insurance and other financial services that are sold through Xero.