Anybody that can share their experience in using sales tax/VAT automation software such as TaxJar, Avalara, Quaderno etc?

Hi All

Hope everyone is good.

Currently looking at the best way to handle sales taxes, VAT and GST.

As per a comment in this post it seems there is two options;

  1. Using software such as TaxJar, Quaderno etc to automate the process i.e. checking where I am liable to pay sales tax, VAT or GST based on location of sales, whether I am past respective threshold etc and then automatically calculating it so I am always compliant.

  2. To use a Merchant of Record (MoR) such as Paddle or 2Checkout as a 'reseller' who take on the entire sales tax, VAT, GST liability and calculate, charge, collect and remit all due to taxes.

Would be interested firstly to know if anybody has used any of the automation tools such as TaxJar etc and what your experience has been and essentially was it worth the money.

Would also be interested to hear from anybody who has used one of the MoR tools such as Paddle and if so is there a particular you chose it over the former and how has it worked out for you?

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Is using screenshots of service in mock devices useful?

I have a B2B SaaS company that currently the website is lacking a bit on, it is using a WordPress template – nothing wrong with it – though I am using a lot of stock/template images on it that came with the template. Most of the template images are on the main/home page. I have screenshots of my application – partial views at a time – on the features page. Something I am considering doing is taking screenshots on a mobile device – iPhone XS – and also on a 1080p laptop and them putting those screenshots inside mock images of a mobile or computer device. This is something I've seen on quite a few SaaS websites.

The business is entirely web based right now – thogh responsive – with plans to add a mobile app when the time is right and customers are ready for it.

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How companies are using smartphones to fight COVID-19 impact?

Are smartphones becoming the latest weapon to stop spreading the COVID-19 number of infections? Well, it seems countries across the globe are trying every trick in the book to contain and get rid of coronavirus. Various technologies including mobile phones are being deployed in the fight against the pandemic. 

Do follow our special coverage on coronavirus over here.

Tracking infected people has become a crucial step to contain the spread of the virus. Through geolocation, mobile technology offers a simple solution for tracking people affected by a coronavirus. However, this raised many questions including the violation of citizens’ privacy as well. Upon this, a set of principles and best practices have emerged internationally to guide data collection during disaster times. 

In this regard, here are some of the tools deployed by different countries with smartphones.

Contact tracing apps!

Contact tracing technology makes use of Bluetooth on smartphones, which is a short-range mode of communication. When an app using the service detects that a user’s phone is in close proximity to another phone that has a similar app installed, it is logged. In case the user later reports testing positive for the coronavirus, the app makes it easier to find people that might have come in contact with the person and perform rapid testing. 

The primary purpose of the contact tracing app is to let people know if they have been in close contact with someone who got affected by a coronavirus. 

Britain’s NHS Contact tracing app

The Britain government has been working on a contact-tracing app for a long time now. Earlier in May, the UK government launched the app as a pilot on the Isle of Wight. According to The Telegraph, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has faced criticism for so far recruiting only 1,500 contact tracers of the Government’s 18,000 target by mid-May. 

The main purpose of this app is to try and track down people and alert them. The NHS’s technology and research arm NHSX has developed the app with Oxford university and developers from companies like VMWare. 

Dutch app that ensures users’ privacy!

Based out of Amsterdam, Geospark, the location tracking, and intelligence platform have launched the C19 mobile app, a free and ready-to-use solution for authorities battling the coronavirus outbreak around the world. 

The app helps make decisions and take actions based on data made available through users’ input and their GPS location. Importantly, it ensures the users’ privacy, making sure that the data is collected and shared securely and anonymously.

According to the Dutch company, the app can help any government or health institution to collect, analyse, and use the data made available in order to make key decisions to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

DreamLab app: uses smartphones to help speed up research

Vodafone in collaboration with Imperial College London has developed an app called DreamLab in a bid to fight against COVID-19. The free DreamLab app enables smartphone users to harness the collective processing power of their mobile phones to help speed up research into treatments for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The project combines artificial intelligence and the processing power of idle smartphones to speed up the discovery of novel anti-viral components in existing medicines and help the hunt for anti-viral molecules in foods. 

The app works by creating a network of smartphones to power a virtual supercomputer, capable of processing billions of calculations, without collecting or disclosing users’ location data. No personal data is downloaded to or processed from the user’s device.

COVID Symptom Tracker

COVID Symptom Tracker app is designed to track people who have symptoms of the novel coronavirus. This app asks the user to fill basic data including age, sex, and others including existing medical conditions if any. 

The app then asks the users to take 1 minute each day and report their health. It was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and Zoe Global Limited, a health technology company.

Mouth Swab test with no laboratory involvement!

GeneMe, a biotech company based in Gdańsk, Poland has developed “FRANKD”,  a reliable mouth swab test that is completed on-premises in on average 13-25 minutes with no laboratory involvement. The test has been validated with 100% Sensitivity and 100% Specificity by the Gdańsk University of Technology.

Notably, FRANKD requires less time to produce a result than the gold-standard RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) reference test recommended by the World Health Organization. With consent, results are automatically issued on to each individual’s secure, free Yoti digital ID app. It’s worth mentioning that the test uses a patented enzyme rather than the currently scarce reagents used in RT-PCR tests to rapidly-produce a definitive and reliable result.

Also, FRANKD is currently in talks with governments and businesses across Europe to roll out millions of tests over the coming months. 

First SARS-CoV-2 app

Covive is a global initiative from BioneXt Laboratories, powered by Medicus AI. This platform guides users in evaluating your probability of having contracted COVID-19 and helps you monitor your symptoms and vitals whether you have tested positive for the virus or not. 

The Covive app is a regulated medical product and the first SARS-CoV-2 app, which has received a CE medical device class 1 certification.

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Coronavirus tracking: France using AI to monitor to check whether passengers are wearing face masks

A few days back, French research institute INRIA launched a voice assistant “AlloCovid” in an attempt to help callers experiencing potential coronavirus symptoms and guide them to emergency services or their doctors, using AI. 

And now, France is integrating new AI tools into the security camera in the Paris metro system to monitor whether travellers are wearing face masks. According to Bloomberg, the authorities began a three-month trial in the central Chatelet-Les Halles station, Paris, which is normally used by 33 million passengers per year.

The software was developed by French startup DatakaLab to create anonymous data that will help authorities anticipate the future outbreak of COVID-19

“We don’t collect data, we don’t store it,” said Xavier Fischer, chief executive officer of Datakalab. There’s also a 15-minute delay from when the data is collected to when it’s sent to authorities, he said.

The French government is planning to make a mask-wearing compulsory in public transportation from May 11 as they are planning to ease lockdown measures. Notably, the government is also considering introducing fines of €135 for not wearing masks on public places/transportation including subway, trains, buses, and more. 

While the government body in charge of privacy, CNIL, raised concerns about privacy, DatakaLab said that its software complies with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Furthermore, the software is lightweight, meaning no data is sent to the cloud or offices. Rather, the platform forms statistics about how many individuals are wearing masks in a 15 minutes interval. 

The company has already deployed software in the French city Cannes in a market and at bus stops to monitor social distancing.

The surveillance technology use cases have surged as governments try to find out a way to control the population under lockdown right from drones to mapping people movement through GPS with their mobile phones. 

What do you think about this surveillance strategy? Is it right? Do comment in the section below!

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My startup is gaining traction, but I’m stuck on WordPress using plugins and don’t know what to do

Hi everyone,

Currently, I'm running a marketplace type start-up and the website is gaining traction and landing sales every day. Things are growing and I'm stuck on a platform that doesn't scale.

I am not a computer developer and built this website via plugins (WC Vendors, Woocommerce, etc.) and also hired some outside developers to make changes to the site that I couldn't (added an intuitive messaging feature and other seller options). However, the platform is not scalable, and I hit issues due to website traffic, having to sign up users manually because I have no idea how to automate it, random bugs that pop up, plugin problems, and other things I can't fix. It takes up way too much time and I usually get nowhere, and it's frustrating because I want to focus on sales and growth.

I have been scouting for a potential technical co-founder, but I am not too sure where to even start in that process. Ideally, would this person rebuild the entire platform on a custom stack, and then relaunch that website in place of the WordPress site? Or should they build from what I have and scrap what they don't need?

I guess where I am struggling the most is knowing what the first step is if I decide to hand equity over to a developer, and what they should be doing. How can I go about this the right way? What is it that a great technical co-founder should be doing to make this right?

I appreciate any insight!

Thanks so much

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