Ep. 126: The 3 Biggest Pain Points of Platform Consolidation with Molly Weiss, Envestnet

“I think that there’s an assumption that the acquiring platform that you then have to adapt everyone to, that that’s not always going to lead to the most successful consolidation or project. I think it is sometimes about thinking about it like a new platform. So let’s look at the processes holistically for something like […]

independent broker-dealer technology

Ep. 92: Taming Your Company’s Technical Debt with Alex Sauickie, CircleBlack

“The fact that we’re new technology and we have very low tech debt, our tech debt is measured in weeks not months or years, decades, in some cases with older companies, we think that’s an added advantage. With RBC BLACK, they’ve certainly taken advantage of those functions, they white label and they’ve taken advantage of […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 35: Putting the Human Advisor Front & Center

“The ones that will really excel in the next 10 years are those people getting back to that Socratic selling and skillsets that many of us grew up in the industry learning about because the tech was so bad. But now that the tech is getting so good, the hard part is putting it all […]

banking technology

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 25: How Software is Eating Banking with Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys

“Banking, as it is today, is moving sideways from manufacturing to being just a feature.” — Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of financial services. He is the Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a […]

Morningstar Technology 

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 12: How Morningstar Quietly Built One of the Biggest Financial Technology Businesses

“Everyone wants to be the next Amazon, but the reality of what we want to do is bring together capabilities where Morningstar research and IP can add some value.” — Dermot O’Mahony, Global Head of Software at Morningstar Dermot is a SaaS-focused product executive with a track record for identifying high potential market opportunities within […]

data aggregation tools

How the Quovo Deal Validates Envestnet’s Vision for Yodlee

“Good ideas are always crazy, until they’re not.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google When Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman announced that his company was shelling out just under $600 million to buy data aggregator Yodlee, saying that the market did not approve was an understatement. The firm was blasted by both the press and equity […]

fintech startups

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

robo platform advisors

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]