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Will Palmer's Apprentice 2014 Blog - Week One | Harrington Starr

Will Palmer's Apprentice 2014 Blog - Week One | Harrington Starr | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Scott was fairly doomed from the start, episode one he didn’t look like he could sell if his legs depended on it and the buck passing as PM in episode two sealed his fate. Looking at it from a viewer’s point of view he was very dull and his voice was nothing more than a monotonous drone.
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London tops PwC Cities of Opportunity Index - Tech City News

London tops PwC Cities of Opportunity Index - Tech City News | Future Technology | Scoop.it
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A positive outlook for the London FIn Tech scene

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You Need a Modern SEO Strategy. Here's How to Shape One. (Infographic)

You Need a Modern SEO Strategy. Here's How to Shape One. (Infographic) | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Sure, you want your company's site to rank high in search-engine results. The proof that your efforts worked may arrive in the form of new customers.
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Very simple but informative infographic of how both big and small businesses can generate leads to improve their customer acquisition. It always comes down to how efficient your process funnel is and one hitch in the funnel could turn a prospect away

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The FinTech Revolution? It’s only just begun

The FinTech Revolution? It’s only just begun | Future Technology | Scoop.it
This was the year that the UK’s 20 billion dollar FinTech baby broke through. People no longer say FinWhat?
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The Fin Tech 50 list is a very insightful document to see where the most innovative companies are disrupting - I have already seen exciting things from #transferwise and #etoro in the payment and trading spaces respectively.

 

While we've seen substantial disruption already from large scale peer to peer lending through to simple but effective back office solutions, I am very interested to see how new business models will go on to truly disrupt the Fin Tech Sector

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5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Adopt these five easy habits every morning to channel productive energy and mindful focus throughout the day.
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I must admit, keeping the morning habits going does build you up to a much stronger start to the day!

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Say goodbye to accelerators and hello to IdeaMarket, Bill Gross' crowd-powered startup factory

Say goodbye to accelerators and hello to IdeaMarket, Bill Gross' crowd-powered startup factory | Future Technology | Scoop.it

At this initial stage, IdeaMarket will award 5 percent equity in the nascent venture to the idea originator and 5 percent to members of the crowd who meaningfully improved the idea during the comment period. Initial investors, which may include IdeaMarket and/or IdeaLab, will get as much as 20 percent depending on the amount they invest and IdeaMarket will get “a small piece,” in Gross’ words, that will vary from deal to deal in return for facilitating this matchmaking process. Founding teams will therefore be left 60 to 70 percent of these companies, a fairly standard figure for accelerator-stage companies with some early angel investment.

It’s not unheard of for investors to publish problems or ideas that they’d like to back. Y Combinator’s Paul Graham famously published seven such “frighteningly ambitious startup ideas” in 2012, a list that includes the next great search engine and a replacement for traditional universities. Just last week, prolific angel investor Jason Calacanis wrote his tens of thousands of email subscribers to suggest a “Lord of the Flies, Battle Royale gauntlet” over fixing the market for residential real estate reviews. In perhaps the most spectacular example, last summer, Elon Musk published his initial designs for the Hyperloop, a ultra-high speed modern transportation system, and invited anyone with the ability and the inclination to take a crack at making it a reality.


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"Ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s execution that is everything" couldn't agree more with Bill Gross

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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Developers Learn To Simplify Under Pressure | TechCrunch

TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Developers Learn To Simplify Under Pressure | TechCrunch | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Under the pressure that is the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, one team found itself stuck. The product was too complex to complete on time. The team members..
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Having attended a number of hackathons and start up days myself, including #launch48, I must say these are recommended to both techies looking to write practical code and business guys looking to get a taste of starting a company

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Wall Street's Biggest Institutions Are Testing Software That Will End The Era Of The Quants

Wall Street's Biggest Institutions Are Testing Software That Will End The Era Of The Quants | Future Technology | Scoop.it
And the reign of Microsoft Excel.
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Kensho brings Siri to the world of financial markets. I've been following this company for some time and their progress in leveraging the  automation of quant analysis is phenomenal - definitely one to follow!

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Yaroslav Writtle's curator insight, September 2, 2014 6:53 AM

Kensho brings Siri to the world of financial markets. I've been following this company for some time and their progress in leveraging the  automation of quant analysis is phenomenal - definitely one to follow!

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Businesses wasting time and money on face-to-face interviews

Businesses wasting time and money on face-to-face interviews | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Businesses could be wasting time and money on unnecessary face-to-face interviews that could be conducted by video...
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I completely disagree with this - while a telephone interview can be used to initially vet candidates for the right skill set, a face to face interview helps establish the cultural and team fit that would be difficult to judge through a computer screen. 

Saving time here could have costly implications for your business in the long term!

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The Trading Technologist Magazine Archives | Harrington Starr

The Trading Technologist Magazine Archives | Harrington Starr | Future Technology | Scoop.it
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The latest edition is here!!!

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Peer-to-peer FX catches on @Euromoney

Peer-to-peer FX catches on @Euromoney | Future Technology | Scoop.it
The foreign-exchange benchmark scandal looks set to be a boon for burgeoning peer-to-peer (P2P) currency-exchange platforms, as they capitalize on the demand for transparent and innovative solutions.
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From Air Bnb to Uber and now the sharing economy comes to the financial world - where will it take us next?

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London vacancies up more than 50% this year

London vacancies up more than 50% this year | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Britain’s jobs recovery has continued to soar as the latest data showed that London vacancies jumped by 52% since the beginning of the year...
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The job market is picking up which means more options for your next career move

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No, People Are Not Leaving Facebook In Droves For Ello | TechCrunch

No, People Are Not Leaving Facebook In Droves For Ello | TechCrunch | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Ello is not the second-coming of Facebook and Facebook users are not leaving the social network giant in droves. How do I know this? Those with a shiny new..
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I must admit I'm always sceptical of new social networks trying to disrupt this space and become the "new Facebook" . The main reason for this is that switching costs are simply too high with little to no incentive to do this.

Yes we might complain about Facebook using our personal data and some infringement of privacy but we would be naive to think that other social media platforms aren't thinking of doing exactly the same thing to monitize their business models.

With "Ello" selling on just their anonymity and lack of advertising just seems down right unsustainable in my view

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People Spend Over $9,000 On Alibaba Every Second

People Spend Over $9,000 On Alibaba Every Second | Future Technology | Scoop.it

In case you hadn’t heard, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba just had the world's biggest IPO in history. 

But if you thought Alibaba's revenue was explosive, get this: Based on estimates from The Economist charted for us by Business Insider Intelligence, Alibaba shoppers spend an average of $9,368 each second. This is an incredible feat, especially when you consider Amazon shoppers spend less than half of that value ($3,691) each second. Users on eBay, which once tried to compete with Alibaba in China, only spend about $2,775 each second. In other words, Alibaba sells a ton of stuff, and consumers feel very comfortable buying all of it.


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Alibaba's is one to follow - they have established a fantastic customer base and are expanding into payments and B2C

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, September 24, 2014 2:39 AM

Drawning by numbers : Alibaba sales are so huge that they become meaningful when measured every second...

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Why Peter Thiel's Philosophy on Hiring Is Hurting Silicon Valley

Why Peter Thiel's Philosophy on Hiring Is Hurting Silicon Valley | Future Technology | Scoop.it
In a talk at Columbia University, the PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist discussed why startups need to go 'beyond professionalism.' But that may be the problem.
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Start-ups are a fantastic place to look at when considering hiring philosophy. Core team mates must not only be able to perform the job but also have the right mindset fit and be able to pass the infamous "beer test".

Key learn: looking for the right background is just the start, identifying what sort of person the individual is will lead to a more successful hire

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Financial Crime Asia Pacific: Do your employees have adequate training?

Financial Crime Asia Pacific: Do your employees have adequate training? | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Are you doing enough to protect your business from financial crimes? Financial crime is a grave threat globally. Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Funding of Terrorism (CFT) remain sig...

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Following the breach of JP Morgan's internal systems, Digital Security has climbed he the priority ladder for moving your business forward and keeping information safe. The question now is, are you doing enough to prevent financial crime to your firm?

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The FinTech Capital - Harrington Starr

The FinTech Capital - Harrington Starr | Future Technology | Scoop.it

Check out Harrington Starr's website where you can find all 3 versions of the FinTech Capital featuring around 100 articles from some of the world's leading Financial Services Technology companies. 


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The new FinTech Capital is here!!! Check out the thoughts from some of the industry leaders in this space

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The top 5 must-watch films if you are involved in the recruitment process | Harrington Starr

The top 5 must-watch films if you are involved in the recruitment process | Harrington Starr | Future Technology | Scoop.it

Looking for inspiration? These films may just help.


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I have always been an inspired by films - here are a couple that will give you a few golden nuggets

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Scott Richardson's curator insight, August 21, 2014 9:00 AM

Just like lessons at school when they wheeled in the TV and VHS, I am providing an opportunity for you to combine kicking back, putting your feet up AND learning! 

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Wall Street's Biggest Institutions Are Testing Software That Will End The Era Of The Quants

Wall Street's Biggest Institutions Are Testing Software That Will End The Era Of The Quants | Future Technology | Scoop.it
And the reign of Microsoft Excel.
Yaroslav Writtle's insight:

Kensho brings Siri to the world of financial markets. I've been following this company for some time and their progress in leveraging the  automation of quant analysis is phenomenal - definitely one to follow!

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Yaroslav Writtle's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:16 AM

Kensho brings Siri to the world of financial markets. I've been following this company for some time and their progress in leveraging the  automation of quant analysis is phenomenal - definitely one to follow!

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Kaizen: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Kaizen: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement | Future Technology | Scoop.it
What is Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese word that is formed from two characters – “kai” and “zen.” It translates literally to mean “good change” or, we might say, “improvement,” or a change for the
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A great philosophy to live by - no matter how senior or junior your are, there is ALWAYS a way to get better.

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With ‘Warren,’ Kensho is Building a Siri for the Financial Industry - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

With ‘Warren,’ Kensho is Building a Siri for the Financial Industry - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ | Future Technology | Scoop.it
Startup Kensho Technologies Inc. is building "Warren" to be the Siri for the financial world, with the goal of answering complex questions within minutes when it used to take days.
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It would be interesting to see how quickly this software is adopted across the sector and, more importantly, how accurately is Warren able to provide answers for which there are hundreds (sometimes subjective) variable?

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Financial Institutions Unprepared For Digital Future

Financial Institutions Unprepared For Digital Future | Future Technology | Scoop.it
As financial institutions retool around digital consumers, they need to reconfigure branch networks and enhance their digital capabilities.
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Retail giants who are traditionally regarded as "too big to fail" have to get their heads out of the sand and adapt to the digital age. Failure to do so will result in catastrophe when competing against gazelle like start-ups of the modern era

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How Successful People Stay Calm

How Successful People Stay Calm | Future Technology | Scoop.it
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90%
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