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.
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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.
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.
By Rob Carter
With the decorations up, the last order date for Amazon nigh and most of us looking forward to at least a few days break, it’s always a good time to take stock of what’s been achieved over the last 12 months.
For AlgoMe this has been another exciting year.
January started in style with the launch of the AlgoMe Careers mobile app – giving professionals the opportunity to find their next career opportunity on the move.
Then in July we released our Industry Pulse Report – a check on what the industry was thinking about key topics such as Brexit, Pay Gap Reporting, MiFiD II and GDPR. Unfortunately it seems that the uncertainty that the industry was feeling due to Brexit is unlikely to have receded in the intervening period, but it’s good to see progress starting to be made in other areas such as gender and diversity.
In September we launched AlgoMe Community – a place for the Investment / Asset Management industry to come together, providing professionals with ways to grow their knowledge, profile and network. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of the members that have joined and contributed and look forward to continuing growth in 2019.
In November AlgoMe joined the Investment Association, becoming a Fintech member and working closely with Velocity, the Association’s new Fintech accelerator. This is a really exciting initiative and we’re looking forward to doing more with Velocity in the near future.
We also launched our Mentoring matching service in November – designed to help AlgoMe Community members connect with the best individuals within the community to help them to reach their career goals using a simple but intelligent process. If you haven’t already signed up to be a mentor or a mentee, please do spend 5 minutes now and tick off a New Year’s Resolution early.
As we go into the end of the year, we have also launched our survey on Investment Management, Fintech and the future of careers. The impact of Fintech on the industry is going to accelerate rapidly in 2019, but what has been less well documented is the impact on individuals, their careers and the skills they’ll need to succeed in a more digitised environment. We really value the input of our community members, so please spend a couple of minutes filling out the survey and we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear the results early next year.
From me and the AlgoMe team, I wish you all a very happy holiday season and look forward to another year of exciting announcements and change in 2019.
By Rob Carter
The business world changes at an ever-increasing rate, and for those of us working in Financial Services, we know there are not just one but multiple drivers of change. Former Barclays CEO Anthony Jenkins said recently the financial services’ ‘Uber’ moment is still five years off. If this is true, disruption will soon be upon us but we still face a rapidly evolving landscape. Downward pressure on fees is now the norm. Changing client expectations and increased competition impact the way services are offered and the actual services themselves, plus the evolving regulatory climate is pushing for ever more transparency. These trends challenge legacy processes, technologies and everyone’s professional skills.
A recent Fujitsu study of financial services found 56% of firms surveyed believe their businesses will not exist in the current form in five years’ time. Nearly all, 96%, of the financial services firms feel the need to evolve further to ensure a long term future. This may sound bleak to some but it’s exciting evidence of new and exciting industry developments which are coming.
Innovation is now imperative. The expectation is for individuals and organisations to embrace this dynamic landscape but moving from a static environment to a dynamic one with fundamentally different working practices can be overwhelming. People are being asked to deliver more and at speed, but this means individuals don’t have the necessary support they need to excel.
If organisations are not able to find the time and resources to nurture talent in this demanding environment – where should we look for the support we need to continually innovate within our working lives as well as have the career mobility we seek?
The answer is to be more proactive.
In this new environment, the winners will be professionals who reach beyond their current network and link to the best people and companies to help them achieve their ambitions and goals.
You might be looking for advice on a topic that you don’t feel you can ask a colleague or support on something transformative, like moving to a new industry or a different department. But how do you go about actually finding it?
Over the last year, as I’ve moved outside of my comfort zone and into digital innovation, I’ve sought out mentoring and support from a variety of sources well outside the usual boundaries of my existing professional network. This journey has seen me mentored by CEOs of start-ups (some 15 years younger than me!) and respected leaders who have worked in the industry longer than I’ve been in this world.
By extending and growing my network, I was fortunate enough to meet my business partner. We set up AlgoMe to augment this paradigm shift away from looking inwards for support and now we are building a community of proactive people that want to help each other adapt to the challenges of the future through discussion and mentoring. AlgoMe will help professionals search and find these useful connections not by mere chance, but through our unique data and advanced algorithms which matches finders with seekers and more.
The benefit for those looking to become mentors are significant too – by increasing your network and exposing yourself to new ideas and ways of thinking. Either way, it’s a great opportunity. You could meet your future business partner or the person that introduces you to your dream job, or just give back and stay in touch with an industry that you may have left behind.
Would you like to be part of our community? Please pre-register with us now to stay informed of AlgoMe’s launch date.
By Eva Keogan
We’ve got great news to share – AlgoMe is now live and open for registration.
If you’re a professional or company working and operating in the world of Asset Management and Fintech, please register and create your free profile, just visit www.algome.com.
What is AlgoMe?
AlgoMe, is an innovative London-based start-up using intelligent technology for career development and job placement. It is designed with you the user in mind, specifically those in the Asset Management and Fintech sector. AlgoMe combines an excellent user experience, with technology, data and an attractive UI.
Who is it for?
AlgoMe is currently focused on the world of Asset Management, associated Fintech and the broader Financial Services industry. Over time AlgoMe is expecting to grow further both geographically and into other industries.
How do you use it for finding a new role?
AlgoMe helps you target your career goals. Professionals and companies easily create a free profile and find matches for new roles or mentoring using the innovative AlgoMe technology. HR and line managers, as well as project leaders, can use AlgoMe to share job opportunities from their organisations and discover the right person to match their requirements. Privacy is paramount for AlgoMe and there is no public viewing platform, professionals are in charge of who sees their information and need to accept an invitation from a company or individual to share details.
How does it work for mentoring?
People seeking access to career development knowledge and connections are discretely matched on the platform; allowing individuals to meet new people for mentoring or networking without having data in the public domain. As a result, personal development and career progression can now match the pace of the evolving industry.
Who is behind it?
The AlgoMe team, based in the heart of London’s tech city, is on the doorstep of the Asset Management community. It has a group of experienced advisors in HR, Financial Services, Law and Technology. The first wave of industry feedback has been hugely positive; businesses and professionals alike feel this solves many career and recruitment issues.
So create your profile and target your career goals from today.
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