With the holidays just past, and an exciting year on the horizon, I wanted to stop and say thank you.

Thanks for supporting Wave as we grow. Thanks for taking time to give us your feedback, so we can continue to make Wave the best tool possible for small business owners. Thanks for making us a part of how you run your business. Thanks for recommending us to your friends and colleagues. And thanks for giving us a chance to prove to you that small business accounting doesn’t have to be difficult.

It's been a busy year here at Wave. Our favorite parts were milestones like our first birthday in November (which we hit with more than 100,000 small businesses signed up in over 200 countries) and receiving Deloitte's Companies-to-Watch award. We're also proud of the features and improvements we rolled out in 2011, including recent updates that make Wave faster than ever.

We're less pleased about growing pains, such as times when our site was slow, or when you experienced problems with bank connections or other bugs. Thanks for your patience on those occasions, and please know that we care immensely about these performance issues. Our goal is to keep getting better in everything we do, and we hope we'll score more goals, with fewer penalty minutes, in 2012 and onwards.

On behalf of the entire Wave team, I'd like to wish you a prosperous 2012. We look forward to working with you, and continuing to find ways to make your small business accounting even easier.

—Kirk Simpson, co-founder and CEO of Wave Accounting