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How To Leverage Big Data

Big data continues to be a hot topic in financial services - how best to utilize extensive business information in the service of growth.  The holy grail is discovering how to transform bits and bytes into insight.  Our founder, Lenore Kantor, spoke with Pamela Cytron, CEO and Founder of Pendo Systems, an enterprise data services platform,  and  Jim Leavitt, Co-CEO of Cervello, a leading data management and business analytics professional services firm about how financial services firms can be successful with their big data initiatives.  The LaunchTalks Summer Social on July 21st was held at Workville to a full house of financial, technology and creative professionals across banking, brokerage, investment management and the broader tech sector. The opportunities to apply big data are significant, particularly when it comes to greater client knowledge or KYC (Know Your Customer) - from identifying customer sentiment and new opportunities which can help sales and marketing efforts to enhanced risk management and controls that benefit compliance.  Addressing data quality and governance can save money and streamline operations, while synthesizing and integrating disparate information sources into actionable strategies can be valuable for traders. Challenges of Big Data Initiatives Among the biggest pain points that firms experience are duplication of information and redundancy which requires significant data review and cleansing.  Financial institutions with legacy systems often have data silos across different departments that segregate their data sources and don't share, limiting the success of any new initiative.   Taking a collaborative approach can make a difference in realizing the gains of a large data initiative. "Our goal is to bring the data to life.  We are seeing a shift from the mega enterprise data warehouse to "citizen data scientists" as business users take more ownership - you no longer need to [...]

Cybersecurity – How To Minimize Your Risk

Among the most relevant topics today is how to protect an organization from cyberrisk. The issue is important not only for client and proprietary data, but also for preserving one's brand, reputation, financial position and future growth opportunities. A panel of experts shared their perspective on the actions that firms can take to mitigate their exposure within the current market environment and issues that management needs to be thinking about.

FinTech Gets Real – At MarketsMedia Trading Event

On Wednesday I attended Markets Media’s Summer Trading Network - a refreshing change from the usual institutional financial services and fintech startup conferences. There was real talk about the actual personal and business challenges of building and funding a successful fintech startup which are not often discussed. Here are some highlights.

LaunchTalks: Show Me The Money – Funding Now Event Recap

Highlights from the recent LaunchTalks: Show Me The Money - New Funding Sources event which debated some of the hottest topics driving changes in the fintech space. The panel included experts from the private markets, equity crowdfunding platforms and a bitcoin exchange talking about how new regulations and technologies are transforming the financial markets.

By | July 25, 2014|Financial Services, Innovation, Start-up, Technology, Trading|0 Comments

Marketing Tips – How to make the most of a trade show

There is nothing like attending a trade show to highlight marketing dos and don'ts in real life. Here are my suggestions and key marketing take-ways on how to rock your next conference or trade show from the recent International Traders Expo. This event organized by the MoneyShow brings together thousands of traders with a focus on learning trading strategies and sharing ideas.

By | February 18, 2014|Branding, Communications, Marketing, Technology, Trading|0 Comments

Observations from Traders Expo

Here are some observations from The International Traders Expo I recently attended. This event organized by the MoneyShow brings together thousands of traders with a focus on learning trading strategies and sharing ideas. There were trends I observed in trading and technology....

By | February 17, 2014|Innovation, Marketing, Technology, Trading|0 Comments