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Alexander Hagerup

Alexander Hagerup
Alexander is a serial tech entrepreneur based in New York with a strong passion for artificial intelligence. Prior to founding Vic.ai, he founded two other technology companies, the last one venture funded by Northzone Ventures and was acquired by NASDAQ-listed J2 Global Inc. in 2014. Alexander has led the development of several software platforms as well as managed integration projects between business systems for 15 years. He has a finance and accounting background and is also a large shareholder and board member of 24SevenOffice.com, a large cloud accounting & ERP system.
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Surviving and Thriving in an Automated World

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Feb 13, 2019 8:39:00 AM

With automation available directly to clients via ERP systems, and tech-focused accounting firms pricing traditional accounting firms out of the market, it might seem like the war is over before it has barely begun. Is there even any use for traditional accounting firms anymore?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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Topics: Accounting

How the Right AI Can Make Your Accounting Firm Better

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Feb 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM

The benefits of AI in aggregate will help to improve your staff, your firm as a whole, and your clients’ businesses.

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Topics: Accounting

Challenges to Continued Success for Accounting Firms

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Jan 30, 2019 9:52:00 AM

Satisfied employees, happy clients and a broad service offering all help accounting firms find success in a competitive environment. All three of those are increasingly predicated on AI and machine learning.

While it is a boon to those who use it well, that technology also inherently brings with it two new and formidable forms of competition: tech-focused accounting firms that aggressively deploy AI and ERP systems with built-in AI.

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Topics: Accounting

How Accounting AI Incorporates Human Feedback and Learns from You

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Jan 23, 2019 10:25:00 AM

When looking for the right AI platform, it can be difficult for an accounting firm to assess the AI technology that is powering each platform.

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Topics: Accounting

Practical Technology for Accountants: AI and Machine Learning

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Jan 16, 2019 9:25:00 AM

AI and machine learning lead to higher employee satisfaction, more robust recruiting, happier clients and a superior service offering to those clients. Here is how these two core technologies are fundamentally transforming the way outsourced accounting services are priced, purchased by and delivered to clients.

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Topics: Accounting

How AI Automates Approvals for Small- and Medium-Sized Accounting Firms

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Jan 9, 2019 9:15:00 AM

For small and medium-sized business, automating approvals can be difficult since there are usually no efficient systems in place for handling approvals in the first place.

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Topics: Accounting

Implementing AI and Machine Learning in Accounting Firms: A Superior Service Offering

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Jan 2, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Implementing AI and machine learning in an accounting firm does not just allow it to offer lower prices and value-added services. It also gives it the final cornerstone of a competitive firm: a broader set of services than other firms.

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Topics: Accounting

Using AI to Classify General Ledger Entries

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Dec 26, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Every company has a different way of organizing its general ledger into a chart of accounts. And every company has a different grasp of how to classify their costs in their various general ledger accounts.

A quality AI platform for accounting can understand incoming costs and code those costs directly to the proper general ledger account(s). With these capabilities, AI is a huge time saver and even improves accuracy (yes, we humans make mistakes).

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Topics: Accounting

How Accounting Firms Help Clients' Businesses Grow Faster

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Dec 19, 2018 12:14:00 PM

When exceptional service is augmented by technology, accounting firms can help their clients’ businesses run better, grow faster and become more profitable.

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Topics: Accounting

AI for Accounting: Processing and Understanding Documents

Posted by Alexander Hagerup on Dec 12, 2018 8:15:00 AM

As a starting point for building a productive workflow, the AI technology you select needs to understand what you’re sending to the platform. Historically, it’s been tough for a computer to understand documents because of the challenge in extracting relevant content.

AI technology could not previously comprehend context. But this has changed, thanks to rapid progress in the evolution of AI.

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Topics: Accounting

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