Wall Street's tech transformation, Amazon vs Roku, and a Silicon Valley healthcare startup in hot water
Wall Street firms are looking to Silicon Valley for inspiration.
As we've previously reported, Goldman Sachs is exploring a service that's like Netflix but for data. And JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon has mentioned Amazon Prime as a model for its banking efforts.But it doesn't stop there. From trillion dollar investment giants BlackRock and Pimco focusing on data science to Citigroup looking to supercharge its technology via an innovation lab, just about every firm in finance is getting in on the act.
As we reported this week:
- BlackRock is quietly building a team of 30 data scientists to create a next-generation stock-lending platform.
- Pimco, the $1.7 trillion asset manager, is trying to turn every employee into a "citizen data scientist."
- Hedge-fund investors are getting excited about the possibilities of machine learning, even though there's a good chance they don't understand it.
- Citigroup is looking for a global head of its innovation labs in an effort to supercharge its banking and markets tech.
- Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley are among the large US corporate bond dealers actively working with clients to allow them to electronically trade on prices sent directly to them from the banks.
- And PayPal's CFO believes AI can save the company $25 million a year by automating one area of customer service.
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