What Happens When Robo-Advisor Meets Terminator?

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As a former portfolio manager, far and away my biggest problem was controlling my emotions. Controlling your euphoria on a good day was easy- take a long lunch, engage in more small talk with colleagues or do your daily work with a big smile. I was excellent at that, in fact one of the best, but that wasn't my problem. I ran head first into trouble on big down days when the market humbled me like it does to every investor. As the S&P sits at all-time highs, millennials and other robo-advisor clients may soon understand how emotions can get the best…

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Please Raise The Roof and Stop the Madness

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“AHHHHHHH, NOOOOOOOOO. NOOOOO WAAAYYYY!!!” The exclamation I heard echoing through the hallway outside of the office. The sound was coming from one of the very talented Latin American skilled programmers at one of the high profile startups in our space. Everyone in the office exchanged looks, wondering who had passed away. We learned shortly thereafter that the exclamations we were hearing were not ones rooted in sorrow or tragedy, but rather they were expressions of pure joy.  Our friend had just received notice that he was the recipient of one of the highly coveted 65,000 H-1B Visa’s. These visa are…

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Stackstorm Acquired by Brocade

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Stackstorm, a startup company that created devops automation solutions and Sand Hill East client was recently acquired by Brocade, a publicly traded enterprise hardware company. StackStorm started in 2013 and was based in Palo Alto, with 14 employees. StackStorm was in stealth mode until in May 2014 when it announced the release of version 1.0 of its open-source software. As reported by Venture Beat, the Stackstorm team “eventually came to adopt the moniker ‘IFTTT for ops,’ implying that it could take care of certain tasks based on rules that operations people put in place, just like the IFTTT service that integrates…

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The Road to Digital

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On March 16, Sand Hill East hosted a select group of financial and technology executives at the Barclay Innovation Center in NYC for networking and a provacative presentation about the role key megatrends will play in the digital transformation of businesses. At the event, Andy Brown, CEO of Sand Hill East, presented an overview of his take on Technology Megatrends: The Road to Digital. At the core of Andy’s delivery was a sense of urgency for industries and leaders to take note of the reality and relevance of ten key technology trends to businesses of all types. These trends are…

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FinTech Revolution Ain’t Just P2P Lenders Mr. Flowers

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In reading the WSJ article I was amazed at how the entire universe of opportunity in the “FinTech Revolution” as labeled by J. Christopher Flowers was reduced to P2P lenders. The scope and scale of areas where technology innovation is justified and desperately needed by the financial industry expands well beyond a single solution. I agree with Mr. Flowers’ premise that unsecured P2P lenders getting “big fast” are on a collision course with disaster. However, equating FinTech to P2P lenders, never mind unsecured ones, is analogous to saying the current movie industry is on the downtrend because Ted2 and the…

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