Ryan Lazanis

Books in a Library

5 Best Books for Accounting Firms Looking to Modernize

I was never one to enjoy reading much and hadn't picked up a book in years prior to starting my business in 2013. But I knew that if I was to succeed in business, then I would need to get insight into the minds of others. One way that I achieved this was through reading up on topics that I felt were important for the success of a modern accounting firm. If you're looking to modernize your firm…


Impact of blockchain on accountants

Impact of Blockchain on Accountants - Cutting Through the Hype

We’re in a bit of a weird time right now. We are seeing a lot of people, including myself, talking about the impact of blockchain on accountants & auditors and many are dissecting the technology from an extremely technical standpoint. Nobody questions the technology behind email & the internet for instance. We know that the use-case of this technology is to be able to disseminate…


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Impact of Blockchain on Bookkeeping - Cutting Through the Hype

On October 29th I’ll be speaking at an NYU Roundtable on the topic of blockchain and accounting based on a piece I wrote on Techvibes back in 2014 entitled, “How Technology Behind Bitcoin Could Transform Accounting As We Know It”. In it, I stated that within 10 years, this technology would significantly impact the accounting and audit profession and replace a good chunk of what the profession…


The Story of a Remote CPA in Indonesia with No Internet Connection

Certainly there is a massive trend towards working remotely. If you’re a remote CPA reading this, you may fully understand what I’m saying. But when you think about working remotely, for the most part, you think about working from home or from a coffee shop. Australian CPA, George Paterson, who I met on my travels in Indonesia this August, takes this to a whole new level. He works from a remote…


Running an Accounting Firm Without Timesheets - My 5 Year Experience

The firm I run, Xen Accounting, has been operating for 5 years… (gulp)... without a timesheet. Sounds crazy? To many firm owners and managers, running an accounting firm without timesheets probably does. Not only has the firm been operating, but it has been operating well and operating profitability. Not having timesheets has also without a doubt improved team morale and the relationship we have…


Why I'm Starting a Blog!

Sup y’all! I’m Ryan Lazanis, a CPA from Montreal, Canada who’s passionate about technology & disruptive business models. While I’m a CPA, and while I have my training and education in accounting and tax, that’s actually not what I’m passionate about. In fact, after leaving the small firm I worked for back in 2012, I actually never thought I would go back into public practice. I threw out all…