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Xero Integrates With Harvest for Time-Tracking & Invoicing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Xero, the global leader in online accounting software committed to beautiful design and functionality, continues to deliver a comprehensive platform for managing small business finances in the cloud. Today, the company announced its integration with Harvest, a leader in time tracking and invoicing software designed to be useful, simple and fast.

"Xero is continuing to partner with industry leaders, like Harvest, who round out our cloud-based offering with tools that make it even easier for small businesses and accounting professionals to manage their finances from anywhere, anytime," said Jamie Sutherland, Xero's president of U.S. operations. "Xero stands out in the market because of its unparalleled focus on design and innovation -- it finally makes accounting software beautiful."

"As a founder and Head of Design at Xero, it's my job to ensure we always apply design thinking to everything we do. Our goal is to make people smile whenever they use Xero," said Philip Fierlinger, Xero's chief designer. "Making people smile while they do their accounting is no small challenge, but it's what sets us apart and why our customers love using our software."

Xero received over ten awards in 2012 and many due to its focus on design, including an IxDA Interaction Award for Optimizing. Xero was also named a finalist for Fast Company's Innovation by Design award and received its fourth Webby nomination in as many years. Top small business and accounting leaders have also recognized Xero for its unmatched expertise and capabilities. For instance, K2 Enterprises awarded Xero the Quality Award for the Best New Mobile App and Small Business Accounting Solution, and CPA Practice Advisor's Readers Choice Award lauded Xero as one of the 2013 top Small Business Accounting [solutions] - Cloud.

"As a web designer, I recognize the many innovations that Xero and Harvest have made in user experience to give me insight and improve the way I work," said Brian Hoff, owner and creative director of Brian Hoff Design, "It's critical our systems run efficiently and effectively. Solutions like Xero and Harvest -- that integrate seamlessly -- are essential to keeping me on top of my workflow and financial picture."

Harvest was born of the same principles as Xero. Before starting Harvest, the founders operated a design firm, but as they grew they could not find quality tools to help them track time and invoices -- so they created one.

"We've been committed to great design and user experience right from the start. So when we think about partnerships, we focus on others who are committed to the same," said Danny Wen, Harvest co-founder.

About Xero
Xero is beautiful, easy to use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 110,000 paying customers and 200,000 users in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero's U.S. team is based in San Francisco. Xero is hosted with Rackspace in Texas. See http://www.xero.com/

About Harvest
Founded in 2006, Harvest is a pioneer in online time tracking, reporting and invoicing software for business. The company has tens of thousands of customers in over 100 countries. Harvest is based in New York City. See http://www.getharvest.com