No, Google Should Buy Freshbooks

16 Mar ’07

Nick Carr writes today that Google should buy Intuit. All in the spirit of web services nibbling away at the suits. Maybe. But I’d like to see Google buy Freshbooks instead. And not just because Mike is a friend and a co-meshie who would doubtless shower his mesh buddies with extravagant gifts if it happened.

But also because Freshbooks is a superb app with a growing base, more in the spirit of what Google buys, and is soon to be moving into accounting, too. And if Google moved quickly, they might be able to get it for under $400 million or so. But I’m just guessing on the last part.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob Hyndman March 19, 2007 at 19:16

Allan, if you couldn’t tell that $400m was a gag, I can’t help you. Google would buy vs build for the same reasons they and everyone else always does when acquirors buy v build.


allan branch March 19, 2007 at 18:58

Why would google want to purchase a Freshbooks over building their own app? Much like the youtube deal, google built google video, realized they hadn’t captured the market so they eliminated the competition. Also 400 million for 135,000 users?


Rob Hyndman March 17, 2007 at 08:39

Er, thanks, Allan. You always seem to know when someone’s talking about Freshbooks.


allan branch March 16, 2007 at 14:35

Freshbooks is a certain a great app, very robust and full featured. But I thought your readers might want to know about our new app ( It will integrate with basecamp, tickspot, harvest, freshbooks and blinksale (incase you need a robust invoice).

We are in beta testing it right now, it has some interesting features.

Core Functionality —–
Expense Tracking (with Mileage Log)
Simple Sales Lead Management
Proposal Creation and Sending
Invoicing and Payment Tracking


Mark Evans March 16, 2007 at 14:33

Do you think he’ll still remember us when he has a bucket full of Google dollars? :)


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