Dance with me
Tom Hood and his colleagues at the Maryland Association of CPAs never fail to amaze and impress. Sometimes you can find them orchestrating a flash mob of accountants or putting down stakes in the virtual world of Second Life, but most recently the Association has gotten serious about XBRL and has undertaken a project to demonstrate XBRL's scope and versatility by tagging its own financial statements and showing how nonprofits can, well, profit from the experience.
What message can you learn from the MACPA's XBRL project? First, you can start examining your own client base to see who can benefit from the experiences of MACPA. But the bigger message is, stop waiting for other people to tell you what works and what doesn't. Be proactive and experiment. That's what new technology is all about. Whether it's cloud technology, IFRS and XBRL, social media, or choreographing a dance – the leaders are the ones who take the first steps.
Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.
Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.
Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.