Kevin Fitzgerald is the Managing Director - Asia for Employment Hero, an Australian software company that lets you manage your recruitment, HR, and payroll tasks in one place.
Currently serving over 200k SMEs, Employment Hero raised around $129M in 2022, following their Series E funding the year before.
👋🏼 How would you explain your job to someone outside tech?
I lead the teams who run our business in Asia.
🧐 What's something about you or your job that would surprise us?
I'm an ex-accountant and an ex-recruiter.
🏆 What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
Passing my ACCA Exams.
All roads led back to becoming a qualified accountant as that took me to recruiting accountants, joining an accounting software company (Xero), and now leading Employment Hero in Asia.
🔍 What's a startup trend or space you're watching this year?
E-commerce and crypto accounting.
I still think there is a huge opportunity in e-commerce software and for crypto accounting. nobody has done it well yet.
💼 What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?
Learn the mechanics of the business you are in, how it works, what are the dependencies across teams/departments, and why.
This grounding will help you quickly understand other businesses and your clients and put you in a position to ask better questions.
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FYI. We've edited this interview for clarity.
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