Freshbooks pushes innovation through APIs

by Warren Frey

Freshbooks, a Toronto-based online invoicing service, recently released an APIthat allows customer account data to be accessed using standard HTTP and XML, and gives programmers the ability to integrate web and desktop applications with the Freshbooks platform. Some of the first programs created include a client enrollment plug-in that allows customers to sign up with Freshbooks on a separate web site, along with an employee project management add-on application. Xpenser, another app created by a San Diego firm, allows users to create invoices from mobile devices. Freshbooks is also, according to an article in IT World Canada, looking towards using the help of University of Toronto students to create Google widgets that reside on top of the Freshbooks API.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2003, Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, accidently saved over an invoice, snapped and decided to create a better way to manage his books and bill clients. Since then, FreshBooks has emerged as the #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners by helping more than 5 million people track time, organize expenses and invoice clients in the cloud. Known for... more

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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more

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