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Top 15 Metros – From Switzerland to the Sonoran Desert – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Oct 16, 2017
Tucson Fintech - Securities & Investments

Shelby Cullom Davis, “one of the least talked about, but most successful investors,” managed to parlay a 1947 $50,000 investment into over $800 million by the time of his passing in 1994. A 23% compounded average annual rate of return.  Not too bad. During in his career Shelby advised Thomas Dewey on economic matters when…

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Top 15 Metros – Fidelity Durham – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Oct 2, 2017
Fintech Durham Securities Investments

In “places like … Raleigh, you see a real concentration of brain power. You have a lot of smart people living in the same place. That will drive the economy”, Steven P. Rosenthal, Northland Investment Corp. And so will tax incentives. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area (CSA), with over 2 million people, is the second…

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Top 15 Metros – Wild in Omaha – Fintech Securities & Investments

By KDD | Sep 25, 2017
Omaha Metro Fintech

Today, at least in the financial world, Omaha is probably most famous for being the home of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. The company is “currently the 7th largest company in the S&P 500 Index by market capitalization and is famous for having the most expensive share price in history with a Class A share…

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Breaking Down the Fintech Securities & Investments Sector

By KDD | Sep 18, 2017
adressable Finteck market securities investments

A healthy share of Fintech investment has been on the banking-side of the financial services industry, especially loan origination like LendingTree, OnDeck & SoFi, and in payments companies like Venmo, Stripe & PayPal. However, the Securities & Investments sector is also undergoing disruption. Companies like Betterment and WealthFront are targeting investment advice. And StockViews, AlphaSense, Alphametry,…

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Finding B2B “Look-Alikes” in Latin America

By KDD | Sep 14, 2017
Latin America B2B Prospect Finder

One of the uses of any B2B database is to find prospective customers that look like current customers (aka “look-alikes”). With more developed and complete data, like what exists for the US, this can often be done using statistical predictive models. These models can yield “prospect scores” appended to individual business locations as to their…

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Negative Earnings Call Tone? Go Short (but not always)

By KDD | Sep 11, 2017
Facebook earnings call tone

Posts like “Facebook’s Q4: Conference Call Tone Matters More Than Results” in the financial press suggest that earnings call tone is important. And, invariably, the tone of the call does come up during the post call commentary and analysis. Were executives overly positive in their comments? Did they mean what they said? Did analysts’ questions…

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B2B Marketing in Latin America with TUDLA

By KDD | Sep 7, 2017
TUDLA B2B Latin America Database

In the Americas, once marketers venture beyond the US and Canada, basic firmagraphic information on businesses starts to become spotty.  Marketers used to powerhouse databases like ZoomInfo, InfoUSA,, D&B and others must scramble to assemble what information may exist for the Latin America (LATAM) region.  If basic data like company name and address exist,…

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Fintech, Savings and Loans and Springfield MA

By KDD | Aug 28, 2017
ZIP Pointe Fintech Spend per Employee

An old piece of business advice for startups is to “get out of the office and visit customers.”  “Great,” you say, “the Fintech market is over $18b (see our previous post)!  Where do I find my prospects?”  If you have a new service for savings and loans or their customers, the data may point to…

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Sizing the Fintech addressable market

By KDD | Aug 10, 2017
fintech market size

Fintech, or Financial Technology, has been around for some time.  Lately, interest has been gaining steam, particularly among venture capitalists.  However, fifteen years ago, this was the abbreviation used when banking discussed its plans for IT spending, mostly back office infrastructure.  When you hear the term now it’s #fintech, referring to startups threatening to disrupt…

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Context, Then Concepts, Words Last

By KDD | Aug 2, 2017
context first, concept second, words third

The “five forces of context” (mobile, social media, data, sensors and location) have be called the future of computing. Why? Because they may finally give computers the ability to understand “your context”. Analysts under time and deadline pressure need to know that the information distilled by an AI solution is relevant to their context and…

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