Press Details CEO René Lacerte Named to Accounting Today's List of Most Influential People
Monday, September 23, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. —, the leader in integrated bill payment, invoicing and cash flow management solutions for businesses, today announced that its founder and CEO René Lacerte has once again been named one of Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People.”  

The Top 100 was created to recognize leaders who bring an extraordinary level of experience and authority to advance the accounting profession. To be considered for selection, the publication's editorial staff reviews a list of candidates from a diverse array of areas that affect the CPA profession including: practitioners, vendors, lawmakers, regulators, association heads, marketers, consultants and academics.

According to Accounting Today “serial entrepreneur Lacerte continues to make a splash by making work easier for accountants, these days by extending the already impressive capabilities of his platform and integrating them with many of the other tools that businesses use. The members of our Top 100 Most Influential roster are the people who are truly making a difference in the accounting profession. In all their different fields, they are creating the profession’s future.”

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Lacerte founded in April 2006 to eliminate paper and automate the mundane, tiresome financial processes and transactions that have plagued and distracted finance leaders and CEOs for decades. Using technology to make life simpler has always been encoded in Lacerte’s DNA. Prior to, he co-founded America's #1 online payroll service, PayCycle, in 1999, which was acquired by Intuit in 2009.  Before PayCycle, Lacerte spent five years at Intuit, creating and managing the company's bill presentment team and growing its bill payment and credit card businesses 30% in one year. He also launched Intuit's first connected payroll product, growing the team from two employees to 300 in 18 months.

"I grew up in a family full of accountants and businesses built to serve accountants, so it is especially gratifying to be recognized alongside such accomplished professionals in the accounting industry," said René Lacerte, founder and CEO, "With the power of the Cloud allowing us to reduce tasks that once took days down to minutes, there is a unique opportunity for the accounting profession to shift its focus to strategy, finally free of the shackles of cumbersome spreadsheets. As a company, we are committed to continue helping the accounting profession advance, and have launched our new App Center just this week as another major milestone in this commitment.”

The App Center for the first time creates an open, SaaS-based platform focused on streamlining workflows and supercharging productivity not just for accountants but for their clients. The App Center has now created critical bridges to the finance operation by integrating essential business tools from cross-company departments into the finance system, including expense management, online mail management, and accounting systems. For more information, please visit the App Center. 

About Accounting Today's 2013 Most Influential People

For over a decade, Accounting Today has developed the annual "Top 100 Most Influential People" list, which includes CPAs, attorneys, regulators, educators and vendors who exemplify leadership and influence in the accounting field. To be considered for selection, the publication's editorial staff reviews a list of approximately 175-200 candidates from a diverse array of areas that affect the CPA profession including: practitioners, lawmakers, regulators, association heads, marketers, consultants and academics. Based on both editorial staff decisions and outside nominations, the candidates are whittled down to the top 100 people who exemplify thought leadership in the accounting industry.

An e-book on the top 100 list is available for download.

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