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Wave Accounting lets you scan those scattered receipts

Let’s face it, nobody has an effective filing system for paper invoices. They’re usually scattered around a home or office, or stuffed in a shoebox until tax time.

Wave Accounting thinks it has come up with a solution. The maker of online software designed to help small businesses with invoicing, accounting and payroll on Wednesday launched Receipts by Wave, a set of free scanning tools designed to reduce clutter. Customers can launch the iPhone app and take a photo of a receipt, upload it, or forward one that’s been emailed to them. The information is captured by Wave’s suite of accounting tools, and the original images stored in case they’re needed at a later date.

"Those little things like piles of receipts that need to be ‘taken care of later’ just create stress for small-business owners," Wave Accounting co-founder and CEO Kirk Simpson said in an email.

Rob Maurin, the company’s vice-president of brand engagement, adds that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers a scanned receipt as good as a paper receipt.

Beautiful water bottle comes to the U.S.

Perched on a shelf, guests may think it's a decorative vase or art object. But it's really a reusable water bottle made by Dopper, a company based in Holland.

Today the company announced in a press release that the bottle is being introduced in the U.S.

After watching a documentary on the amount of plastic floating in the oceans, entrepreneur Merjin Everaarts, decided to do act. In early January 2010, he held a crowdsourcing design competition for 'the perfect reusable water bottle.' Rinke van Remortel was the winner. His creation met all the requirements Mr. Everaarts was looking for: a Dutch design, shape and the right philosophy. See here.

The Dopper bottle was immediately profitable and in less than three years, close to 3 per cent of the Dutch population now owns a Dopper bottle. Ten per cent of its proceeds go to the Dopper Foundation for clean water access projects in Nepal and educational campaigns around single-use plastic waste.

The woman behind the woman calling the shots

Despite her important role at Yahoo! Inc., it's unlikely that you've heard of Jacqueline Reses (though she was responsible for the now-infamous memo that restricted employees’ from working from home).

According to Bloomberg, the private-equity veteran isn't a household name in Silicon Valley, but that hasn't stopped CEO Marissa Mayer from putting her charge of the areas criticial to the Web portal's survival: talent management and mergers and acquisitions.

Since July, the company has snapped up six startups - including Summly, which was started by 17-year-old founder Nick D’Aloisio.

The 43-year-old finance executive with an economics degree, who started in September, has the mandate of work on partner and culture development, and this week she was given the new title of chief development officer.

"Almost a year into her tenure, Ms. Mayer is racing to transform the company into a more robust competitor to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for users, advertisers and employees, and Reses is critical to that effort," writes Bloomberg's Douglas MacMillan.


BaseCamp investment bootcamp

AcceleratorYYC and VA Angels are hosting another BaseCamp investment bootcamp on April 12 to  15, 2013. Randy Thompson, angel investor and CEO of VA Angels, will provide startup founders with valuable insight and exercises to help them 'become the investor' and understand the process


Cranberry farm struggles to grow Canadian market share

Terra Beata Farms, near Lunenburg, N.S., sells its produce worldwide but often at low margins. Now it would like a shot at Canadian retail markets, too.


Boot from Bogs gives entrepreneur an idea

He couldn’t peddle the trendy footwear, so Dana Nelson decided to sell his own line called Tram.

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