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Podcast: Interview with Doug Sleeter (#003)

Mar 5, 2019 | By Steven Burns, FAIA | 0 Comments

Topics: Industry Insights, Best Practices

"The people that really make a difference in the world are those who look up, look around, identify a problem or an opportunity, and say, 'You know what, I can do something about that.'” — Doug Sleeter

Doug Sleeter (@DougSleeter), is founder and former CEO of The Sleeter Group, an international network of accounting software consultants, and the former producer of SleeterCon, an annual conference and tradeshow for accounting professionals.

In 2017, Doug was inducted into The CPA Practice Advisor Hall of Fame in the accounting profession. He was also named to Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" each year 2008 through 2015. In 2013, he was recognized by Small Business Trends with the Small Business Influence Champion award.

In the early 1990s, Doug was a pioneer in developing the first QuickBooks seminars in the country and has since built the largest group of accounting software consultants in the small business accounting profession

He is on the advisory board of multiple technology companies and is a self-proclaimed “blockchain futurist”.

— Steve

Listen to the episode on iTunes or Spotify.


QUESTION OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.


  • Doug’s early days at Adobe and how he had to convince Bill Gates to embrace an Adobe technology instead of competing with it.
  • Being an Apple evangelist.
  • His entry into the accounting software world.
  • The concept of “Agility Trumps Ability”.
  • Why the internet as we know it is broken.
  • The world of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
  • How service professionals need to totally rethink how they will operate in the future, if they even exist at all.
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Steven Burns, FAIA

Steven Burns, FAIA, spent 14 years managing his firm Burns + Beyerl Architects. After creating ArchiOffice®, the smart office and project management solution for architectural firms, Steve brought his management expertise to BQE Software, where he is perfecting the business strategy and product development.

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