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April 10, 2014

Crowd-Funding Healthcare is a Global Solution

Posted by Ashish Goel (View Profile | View All Posts) at 11:24 AM


Crowd-funding Drug Development: Justyna Leja at TEDMEDLive Imperial College 2013 [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edeHvKDOmco]

One of the most exciting developments of the past few years has been the rise of crowd-funding. The basic idea is that if someone has a platform from which to put his business idea on display, there will be enough people around the world who will not only be interested in the idea but willing to contribute money towards the endeavor.

What crowd-funding has demonstrated is the sheer power of the digital consumer. In a bygone era, someone had to convince one or two entities that his idea was worthy of investment. Because of the digital community, individuals can pool their resources and act as their own big banks.

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April 9, 2014

Behold Consumer Data's Transition To Push From Pull

Posted by Ajay Anand (View Profile | View All Posts) at 10:43 AM


What is the Digital Business [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kGBPYsvnE]

If you have friends in the financial services industry, you've probably heard them at one point or another speak of the merits of working for either the "buy side" or the "sell side." The former consists mainly of private investment firms; the latter includes big banks that offer price targets and investment advice to the public.

These two sides of the financial world - public and private - keep the capital markets humming. In fact, in just about every industry you tend to find complementary entities. It's how prominent each side is in every situation that allows you to gauge what the industry is going through at the moment. In finance, sell side analysts became famous in the late 1990s with their recommendations of red-hot Internet stocks. One could argue that the buy side crowd drives the market to a greater extent today.

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April 4, 2014

Financial Markets and Technology's Role

Posted by Soundararajan S (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:34 AM


60 Minutes - IS THE US STOCK MARKET RIGGED? [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK0aoQ5yVmA]

One of the sweeping promises of the Information Age has been about how a potent mix of technology and communications liberates societies.

But when an expert sheds light on fascinating developments in the global financial markets, it's a good time to consider whether the world's enterprises and consumers are sufficiently prepared for a little known "un-leveling" of this Information Age. I've enjoyed all the books from the financial journalist Michael Lewis, and his latest, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, is no less interesting. Lewis is stirring the waters by claiming that financial technology has allowed the market's big players essentially to rig the system.

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