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    News: Become a founding member of AlgoMe Community

    How do we solve the Investment Management industry issues of today and tomorrow?

     

    We think we might just have the answer.

     

    When we created AlgoMe, we set out to empower professionals so they can manage their careers through technology, data and industry insight. With our career management platform, we‘ve delivered this but we know there‘s much more to be done.

     

    The Investment Management industry is in a state of flux. Right now lower fees, higher costs, new technology and increasing regulation, along with changes to the workforce, mean we need access to technology, data and industry insight more than ever before. This is why we‘re taking an exciting step by opening AlgoMe Community, the place that brings the Investment Management industry together to drive open conversation and essential innovation.

     

    AlgoMe Community is a members-only community exclusive to the industry and associated professions.

     

    Membership is free, members are verified and use their own names to create a profile – here are the key benefits:

     

    1. A community for Investment Management

    We have created a standalone space for investment and asset managers, meaning discussions and groups are centred around highly relevant areas and get to the heart of issues quickly. We will also be hosting regular events both online and offline to address industry challenges and help our members drive the agenda.

     

    2. Keep your finger on the pulse

    Not sure about Brexit or SMCR? Want to know what the latest research on AI is? The AlgoMe Community gives you direct access to all of these discussions. AlgoMe is working with a number of partner organisations to bring you the latest thought leadership, insights, blog posts and white papers to keep you abreast of the latest trends in Investment Management.

     

    3. Grow Your connections outside of your existing network

    There are a lot of bright minds out there. Over 40,000* people are currently working within the Investment Management industry according to the Investment Association. This number is likely to be 200k+ across Europe with the firms and organisations that make up Investment Management ecosystem. That’s a lot of new connections to make.

     

    4. Grow your personal brand

    Building your personal brand is critical to a successful career. AlgoMe Community gives you a platform to build your credibility and authority among your peers. It’s also easy to start your own blog to get ideas a wider audience and build up a following of other members.

     

    Join AlgoMe Community for free today and connect with the Investment Management industry.

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