We are a team with extensive experience in the accounting, and software development industries, committed to improving the way accounting practices work and communicate with their clients.

Stuart McLeod

Founder & CEO, Karbon

Stuart started his first business 11 years ago and has had many successful ventures, including Paycycle, founded in 2009, which he sold to Xero in 2011. He then built the global Xero Payroll team that delivers payroll software across the US, AU, UK and NZ markets. Stuart is now paving the way for smarter tools to improve how accountants collaborate with their colleagues and look after their clients.

John Freeman


John co-founded Paycycle with Stuart in 2009 and after its acquisition by Xero he moved to the US to lead the engineering team, building online payroll for the US, UK and NZ markets. He has 20 years experience in software development, systems architecture, and building high performing engineering teams.

Tim Donohoue


In his previous life as an accountant, Tim helped a business grow to $7m annual revenue and guided it through its successful IPO. Then, as COO of Advsor, an accounting firm, he turned its first 20 clients to over 120 in only 2 years. Tim is our customer and ensures our operations around the globe keep running like clockwork.

Sara Goepel


Sara has been leading product teams for the past 14 years. She was one of Xero’s early employees in 2007, and responsible for teams building sales, support & operational systems, as well as a global product scalable to millions of customers. Her projects have received numerous awards including three Webbys.

Ian Vacin


Ian’s experience as VP of Product Marketing at Xero and Intuit allowed him to chat to thousands of accountants over the past decade, understanding what challenges the industry faces, understanding how accountants can improve their productivity and profitability through better workflows and ensuring new products can cater for these needs.

Pax Zwanikken


Pax brings over 10 years of experience in product design and branding, having worked for acclaimed design agencies DNA and EuroRSCG, and as an early member of the Xero team where he helped define Xero’s brand and multi award winning online accounting product.

Wayne Schmidt

Practice Advisor

With over 25 years experience in the accounting industry spearheading the Australian expansion for Xero, MYOB and Reckon, Wayne is passionate about helping accounting practices to grow, embrace change and become more profitable. Based in Australia, and having worked with firms in the USA, UK and China, Wayne has a unique global understanding of accounting firms.

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