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A Team Retreat: Elsen’s Offsite Meeting

We recently got back from a multi-day, company offsite meeting where we discussed strategy, goals and tactics. The event also served as a chance for the everyone to sit down together and take stock of the past year.

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Elsen Named to 2019 Benzinga Top Fintech Listmakers

Elsen has been recognized by Benzinga as one of the top Fintech companies revolutionizing the industry in their Benzinga Global Fintech Awards, 2019!

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FinTech Horrors: Halloween Edition

Organizations across industries continue to move towards a more digital enterprise.

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Elsen Visits St. Francis House for TUGG’s Tech Gives Back

The Elsen team recently participated in TUGG’s annual Tech Gives Back city-wide day of service by volunteering at St. Francis House (SFH) in downtown Boston.

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Embracing the cloud in asset management

Cloud-based tools for coping with the peak demands of AI and machine learning are transforming the financial services industry. Elsen founder Zac Sheffer highlights the benefits of embracing the cloud in asset management, including for operational efficiency.

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Elsen’s Back on the Podium at the MassTLC Awards

The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, or MassTLC, is the largest technology association in New England, representing all of the companies that have given the region such a sterling reputation for tech and innovation.

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Harnessing Market Data: The Complexity of Cloud Data Management for Financial Institutions

Organizations across industries are shifting to the cloud amid a global push for digital transformation. Key benefits of working in cloud environments versus on-premises using antiquated data centers include accelerating access to data and simplifying data management.

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Watch the Elsen nPlatform’s New Explainer Video

What is the Elsen nPlatform? Elsen’s new video explains exactly that and how it’s revolutionizing financial data management.

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The Data-Driven Road is Full of Big (Data) Challenges

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Data Challenges Are Halting AI Projects, IBM Executive Says” highlights the challenges of producing high-quality data, stifling the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. According to the article, a report by Forrester Research Inc. reveals that “data quality is among the biggest AI project challenges.”

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Multi-factor funds: A profitable strategy?

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer has authored a guest blog post for Refinitiv on the trend of financial firms moving towards multi-factor funds.

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MassChallenge FinTech Finale Preview

Elsen is thrilled to partake in the FinTech Finale of MassChallenge’s 2019 FinTech program.

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Global Fintech Report Q1 2019 by CB Insights Shows VC-Backed Fintech Deals Remain Strong Amid Industry’s Global Growth

CB Insights, a tech market intelligence platform that analyzes funding and other data in the startup world and beyond, released its Global Fintech Report Q1 2019. The report offers a data-driven look at the global fintech landscape in the first quarter of this year – including investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.

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Elsen Named 2019 CODiE Awards Finalist for Second Consecutive Year

We’re excited to announce that for the second year in a row, Elsen has been named a SIIA CODiE Awards finalist! The peer-reviewed awards program, hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), recognizes the best products and services for B2B software, information and media companies.

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Join Us at TUGG’s Annual Wine & Tequila Party

Join us at TUGG’s 13th Annual Wine & Tequila Party on May 23rd! The event will bring together more than 1,000 attendees made up of the area’s top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and services providers to raise money and put philanthropic support behind New England’s best new nonprofits.

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Our Boston Roots and the Bay Area as a Fintech Hub

It’s remarkable to consider how much Elsen and the team have accomplished and grown since being founded in 2014. So many factors have played instrumental roles in our success, including our location as a Boston-based company.

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Elsen Advances to 2nd Round in the 2019 Tech Madness Competition

The results are in: Elsen is advancing to the 2nd round of BostInno’s 2019 Tech Madness Boston bracket!

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Vote for Elsen in the 2019 Tech Madness Competition

BostInno recently unveiled the 2019 Tech Madness Boston bracket, marking the start of the annual competition!

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Franklin Templeton Deploys Elsen nPlatform to Accelerate Data-Driven Strategies

Earlier this month, we announced an exciting new partnership with Franklin Templeton to accelerate the global investment management company’s data-driven strategies and provide its research and technology groups with efficient and scalable access to financial data through Elsen nPlatform.

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Patching the Tech Talent Gap in Finance

The explosion of the digital economy over the last decade has caused banks and other financial institutions to adopt new ways to innovate and increase productivity in an increasingly data-driven enterprise. This is evident by the rapid infiltration of quants and data scientists on Wall Street

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Morgan Stanley Summit Gives a 360 Degree View of FinTech

Last week we had the pleasure of participating in Morgan Stanley’s third annual FinTech Summit. This invite-only event provided a unique opportunity to share Elsen’s platform with senior tech and business leaders from the firm, while also getting a peek into other areas of innovation within the fintech ecosystem

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Another Flash Crash: Are Machines to Blame?

The stock market plummeted in late October, causing both the Nasdaq and benchmark S&P 500 to experience corrections at the end of the month.

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Fresh AIR – Alpha Innovation Required – in NYC

Earlier this month, Elsen had the pleasure of being invited to participate in the AIR Summit in New York City, and it was one of the best and most productive FinTech events we’ve ever experienced. The AIR Summit – short for “Alpha Innovation Required” – brings together pioneering startups and proven leaders in the investment world for two days of meaningful connections and conversations. The event was formed in 2014 to facilitate discussions around trends and challenges facing the institutional investment management industry – particularly active investors.

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Billions and Axe Cap and Quants, Oh My!

On the hit Showtime series “Billions,” the line between truth and fiction is blurred when the introduction of quant strategies to the fictional world of Axe Capital creates new challenges and complexities that closely mirror current industry trends and issues faced by hedge funds across the globe…

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Traders Who Code, Or Coders Who Trade?

Wall Street is obsessed with the increasing role that computer programmers are playing in securities trading. And for good reason, there’s no question that data-driven strategies will consume the investment industry in the years to come. Data will be the backbone of differentiated strategies that drive success.

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NewVantage Partners Survey Looks at Adoption of Big Data and AI in Financial Services

Organizations across industries are under growing pressure to do more with their data. As a result, we’re seeing the rapid adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) by businesses striving to remain competitive in today’s increasingly data-driven enterprise.

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Capital Markets Score with Startups: The Thanksgiving Edition

The digital age has ushered in a new era in which banks and other financial institutions are actively working together to help bridge the gap between the traditional, slow-moving financial industry and the rapid pace of innovation that 21st century technology enables.

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Getting Out Of The Startup Bubble At EY’s Accelerating Entrepreneurs Event

It doesn’t matter what industry or country you’re in, or what stage you’re at in your startup journey. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life are facing similar challenges, and there’s a lot we can learn from each other.

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Elsen Named a Finalist in the 2018 MITX Awards

Thomson Reuters QA Point Powered by Elsen Selected in the Best User Experience (UX) Design Category.

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EY Selects Elsen to Participate in 2018 EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs Program

Congrats to Elsen CEO and Founder, Zac Sheffer, who was named to the 2018 EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program. Zac is among 30 entrepreneurs from across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEIA selected by EY from technology fields including fintech, AI, robotics, and augmented reality to join this year’s class.

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Quantamental investing: The best of both worlds

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer has authored a guest blog post for Thomson Reuters on the rise of quantamental investing.

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The Big Secret Behind Tech Disruption in Financial Services

The automatic teller machine was the pinnacle of innovation in banking and financial services back in the 70s and 80s. When you consider how far we’ve come, that seems like a distant memory. But even a decade ago, it was hard for people to imagine that we could check balances, pay bills, transfer money and even deposit checks with tiny phones that everyone carries everywhere. Technology has certainly propelled the financial services industry a long way in a short period of time – but that’s only half the story.

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Continuing Elsen’s Global Expansion – Hello Europe!

Greetings from London! It’s been a few short months since we introduced Elsen nPlatform and Thomson Reuters launched the first commercially available application built on it – Thomson Reuters QA Point Powered by Elsen. We’re hitting another big milestone this week with our continued support of Thomson Reuters’ global rollout of QA Point, and the Elsen team is across the pond for the European launch.

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Could Quants Worsen the Next Financial Crisis?

Investors keep pouring money into quant funds, which hit a record $500 billion in assets last year, and this shift shows no signs of slowing down. Over the past seven years, quant funds attracted 29 percent of total inflows despite only accounting for 17 percent of hedge fund assets under management.

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Our Boston Roots and the Bay Area as a Fintech Hub

It’s remarkable to consider how much Elsen and the team have accomplished and grown since being founded in 2014. So many factors have played instrumental roles in our success, including our location as a Boston-based company.

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Elsen Wins Innovation & Technology Award

Elsen is kicking off the summer and heading into the holiday weekend on a high note – with an award for best tech innovation of the year!

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Bringing Elsen nPlatform Across the Pacific

Bringing Elsen nPlatform Across the Pacific

Elsen’s on its way to officially being a global company – and it happened pretty quickly. This is a feat that truly showcases the impact that the Elsen nPlatform can have on financial institutions, and the benefits that they can gain from using it to build their own applications.

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The impact of AI on hedge funds and asset managers

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is one of the most talked about concepts in the tech world today. From retail, to energy, to finance and beyond, AI is finding application in just about every industry. Recently, hedge funds and asset managers have started seriously investigating the AI craze and experimenting with the technology. The early results have been very interesting to see.

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The rise of the quantamental investor

For decades, asset managers and their analysts/PMs tended to sort themselves into one of two camps – fundamental and quantitative. Over the last few years, however, a new type of analytical approach to evaluating securities and other financial assets has gained traction. It’s known as the “quantamental” approach, and it’s already redefining how hedge funds and other asset managers manage their portfolios.

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AI: What is it really and what does it mean for CMOs?

Elsen CEO Zac Sheffer wrote a guest post on what CMOs need to know about AI for The CMO Club blog.

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