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A Sampler of Accountex 2017 Keynotes & Sessions

Ecommerce Accounting Is Really Hard

I was trying to think of a better takeaway from Scott Scharf’s three-hour session, “Ecommerce Accounting Best Practices for the Modern Accounting Practice,” but there isn’t one.

Ecommerce accounting is really hard, for a number of reasons:

  1. Ecommerce shopping carts and inventory systems rarely integrate well with accounting applications.
  2. Sellers can have lots of different sales channels, complicating reconciliations.
  3. Selling online often results in sales tax filing requirements in dozens of states.
  4. Ecommerce businesses often don’t have the expertise necessary to ensure that costs are being captured properly in inventory.

Given all the complexities of ecommerce accounting, you should probably just sign up for Catching Clouds Academy, launching in September 2017.

Scott Scharf Session slide

The Catching Clouds accounting tech stack for ecommerce sellers

Accountex 2017 Was All About the People

Earning CPE is great, but in the end, what draws us year after year to a conference like Accountex is the people. Here, for your moment of Zen, are just a few of the accountants and bookkeepers who made this conference special.

Accountex 2017


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Blake Oliver

Blake Oliver is a cloud accounting expert, blogger, and manager at Armanino LLP, the largest California-based consulting and accounting firm and a top 25 firm nationwide. In 2012, Blake founded Cloudsourced Accounting, an online bookkeeping company that was one of the first Xero Platinum Partners in the United States and grew to serve hundreds of clients in under three years. Cloudsourced Accounting was acquired by HPC in 2015. Blake joined HPC after the merger, serving as Director of Technology & Marketing. He then worked with Xero as a Xero Ambassador for the West Coast of the United States prior to joining Armanino. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he majored in cello performance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and Jack Russell terrier. You can find Blake on
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