By Andy Milner
Our mission at AlgoMe is to connect the Investment Management Industry - the professionals that work in it, as well as the Asset Managers, FinTechs and other organisations that make up the wider industry ecosystem.
That's why we're excited to announce our first cohort of AlgoMe Community Partners - companies that work within Investment Management and share our ethos of working together to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Industry. They will become active participants in the Community, keeping us up to date on their diverse areas of expertise by sharing their insights and events, and helping answer your questions.
On each Partner's profile page you can find out more about the company, see articles published by them, discussions related to them, and a list of associated members.
If your organisation would like to join as an AlgoMe Community Partner, please get in touch via the Community or by email to email@example.com.
Velocity is the FinTech Accelerator by the Investment Association, designed to identify, develop and accelerate best in class firms with innovative solutions, facilitating the adoption of technology within asset management.
Cass Business School is one of City, University of London’s five Schools. It’s among Europe’s leading business schools and in the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation.
Alongside its MBA, Cass offers a number of Masters courses including an MSc in Investment Management.
Cleveland & Co is a specialist outsourced legal team, with a market leading reputation for providing the highest quality legal services in the investment management sector.
Saffron Robo is a software, services and support company that provides a cloud based, end to end Robo solution designed to offer front-end to back-end functionality, for all product ranges including: EFT’s, Funds, Equities, Bonds and Fixed Income products, via a secure hosted web based solution.
FSTP is an award-winning training and consultancy services company, helping firms in the Investment Management industry improve compliance and governance standards.
ClauseMatch is a regulatory technology company with a unique SAAS offering, that enables financial institutions to streamline regulatory change management through effective organisation of internal policies, standards, procedures, and controls.
People Risk Solutions is a client-focused Human Resources consultancy, with a passion for improving business performance through the development of high-performing people.
Waymark uses AI to continually monitor and analyse regulatory changes, and makes recommendations to corporate and consultancy clients to ensure compliance. With the ever increasing changes in regulations, WayMark lets firms work smarter and achieve more with existing resource.
We're looking forward to announcing more partners in the near future, so watch this space.
By Eva Keogan
Last week was our inaugural panel session for Cass Business School where we gathered some really interesting people together to talk about the future of work in our sector.
We have mainly grown online since we launched AlgoMe Community, so it was a great experience to extend into the real world and meet students who are at the beginning of their careers and others who are already well into them, and on a path to pushing themselves further. Attending were current MBA and MSc students and alumni of Cass, and we were delighted to see such a diverse and engaged audience. We hope most, if not all, of them are now actively participating in our community. If you’re registered as a mentor, you might start receiving a few more requests.
The purpose of the evening was to talk about the Impacts of FinTech to careers in Investment Management and marry up the insights and views of the panel with our audience and also to get a feel for what the next generation of investment management professionals had set in their sights.
To do this, we shared some of the early findings from our FinTech, Investment Management and future careers Survey (we will be releasing this shortly and doing a follow up article in the community too). This allowed us to create a truly interactive debate as we put the same questions to our audience. They were then able to give feedback via the AlgoMe Community app in real-time (and thankfully it all worked beautifully without a glitch too).
The key questions we wanted to hear the views of the audience and panel on were:
- Are career paths less well defined due to the changes happening in the industry?
- What skills will be the most important to develop careers in Investment Management?
- Will FinTech and Innovation be positive or negative for future careers?
- What are the most important things to do to be successful?
There was a general feeling both Investment and Asset Management are ripe for disruption and there as an opportunity and threat of this coming from the outside due to the slow adoption of new technologies by the industry. This led into a discussion about technology skills and a skills gap. There was consensus among the panel about career paths not being too rigid, applying skillsets to new challenges can be a highly successful strategy and also advice to 'follow the good people'.
Then panel consisted of Rob Carter (CEO, AlgoMe), Ruben Lara, Chief Data Office, Standard Life Aberdeen, and Olivia Vinden, FinTech and Innovation Practice lead at Alpha FMC. Both Ruben and Olivia are members of the Advisory Panel for Velocity, the FinTech accelerator of the Investment Association, so their excellent insight into the way that FinTech is reshaping the Industry was extremely useful, and of course credible. Luuk Jacobs chaired the panel, he is co-founder of AlgoMe and AlgoMe Consulting. Each panellist was able to share their unique views of the industry and Fintech and offer career tips too. We’ve had some excellent feedback from the audience about this as well.
We are looking forward to an ongoing programme of panels and events over the coming months. If you would like to hold something similar with us at your place of work, we are happy to develop this with you as a breakfast, lunch session or evening event – please get in touch with any of the AlgoMe Community team for more info.
AlgoMe connects the Investment Management industry and empowers professionals to develop their careers.
AlgoMe connects the Asset Managers, FinTechs, consultants and vendors that make up the Investment Management industry's wider ecosystem, through its Community and Careers platforms.
AlgoMe Community brings professionals and companies together, letting members discuss topics facing the industry, expand their networks, and read thought provoking insights. This is helping to drive the collaboration and innovation reshaping the industry, and providing a platform for existing investment communities to connect with each other.
AlgoMe aims to be the ‘go-to’ place for companies and professionals in Investment Management to find each other and the answers to the challenges the industry faces. Through the use of technology and algorithms, we are driving change in the way the sector communicates and are providing our community with cutting-edge tools to manage and develop their careers.
AlgoMe is a proud FinTech member of the Investment Association.
By Eva Keogan
AlgoMe is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Cass Business School for a panel on the Impacts of FinTech to careers in Investment Management. The discussion will explore how the growth of FinTech within the Investment Management Industry will change the way of working for the next generation and what this means.
Alongside regulation and pressure on fees, technology is the main factor that individuals looking to enter or progress careers in Investment Management in 2019 and beyond need to understand.
Joining Rob Carter (CEO, AlgoMe) on the panel will be Ruben Lara, Chief Data Office of Standard Life Aberdeen, and Olivia Vinden, FinTech and Innovation Practice lead at Alpha FMC. Both Ruben and Olivia are also members of the Advisory Panel for Velocity, the FinTech accelerator of the Investment Association, which AlgoMe joined last year, and so have excellent insight into the way that FinTech is reshaping the Industry.
Attendance is open to students and alumni of Cass, and we will be sharing highlights of the discussion with the AlgoMe community.
During the event we will share some of the early findings from our FinTech, Investment Management and future careers Survey. If you have not already done so, there’s still time to be part of the report by spending a couple of minutes to share your own insights.
If you have any questions that you would like to be put to the panel, please comment below, or send them to us via our other social media channels.
Olivia leads the UK Fintech and Innovation practice at Alpha FMC, a leading consultancy to the asset and wealth management industry, where she advises on emerging technology and its impact on operating models. Olivia has over 10 years’ experience of large transformational change programmes within investment management and has implemented a number of solutions covering the front, middle and back office. Olivia holds the MIT Fintech Certificate and sits on the advisory panel of Velocity – the fintech accelerator from the Investment Association.
Dr Ruben Lara
Ruben is Chief Data Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen. Prior to joining Standard Life Aberdeen in 2016, Dr. Lara held senior positions at Vodafone, where he was Head of Big Data Analytics, and at Telefonica, where he was Head of Big Data Product Development and Innovation. Ruben started his career in financial services, working as a technology consultant specialised in data and analytics. Ruben holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and has received the First National Award in Computer Science from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education and sits on the advisory panel of Velocity.
Rob is co-founder of AlgoMe and is an experienced Front Office change consultant with a diverse skill-set built during almost 15 years working in Financial Services. Rob has worked across the complete project delivery lifecycle over a range of Investment Management and regulatory focussed initiatives; including leading investment integration work streams of mergers between a number of major asset managers. He was formerly Head of Fixed Income and Equities Platforms at Aberdeen Asset Management and is a CFA Charterholder.
Luuk is co-founder of AlgoMe and a multilingual Senior Executive with over 20 years’ experience working within Investment Management. Luuk has operated within a wide variety of roles covering business processes redesign, risk and control structures, strategy and change management, organisational restructuring and integration. Luuk has worked on major initiatives across Investment, Operations, Risk and Technology departments and has experience of all major asset classes, he was previously the Chief of Staff to the CEO of Aviva Investors. Luuk is a chartered account and alumni of Chicago Booth and IESE.
By Eva Keogan
AlgoMe, in partnership with Cass Business School, are pleased to announce a panel discussion on the impact of FinTech on the future of careers within the Investment Management industry.
See below for further details and to submit questions for the panel.
Please note that attendance is open to students and alumni of Cass.