Author Archives: jacobwhoward

Of machines and men

I recently went to Level 39 in Canary Wharf and got the opportunity to drive the ‘robot’ in that office. I say robot, but it’s actually a Beam Smart Presence System which allows the controller to remotely manoeuvre a man-sized robot via laptop – check out the video here. My face was on the robot’s […]

Ready for a change?

I’ve had a busy week this week attending a number of conferences in London and thought I’d share some insights on the topic of ‘preparing for change’. Tuesday – SWIFT Business Forum London: With 1,200 registered, the 900+ financial services attendees of this free one-day annual event covering all aspects of financial services seemed to […]

6 Things I Learned at FinTech Week

I recently attended the inaugural #FinTechWeek in the UK, and by all accounts it was a very successful launch! I went along to as much as I could, and followed along online for the parts I couldn’t get to, and here are my top six take-aways: The capital markets are still ripe for reinvention: Day one of FinTech […]

9 Top Communication Tips from the Experts

I’ve recently attended training by experts from the worlds of video, social media and PR. Here’s nine great tips I picked up and thought I would share on this marketing blog. PR – tips from Mark Ragan, Ragan Communications Engage readers with snappy and informative headlines. This may seem like an obvious one, but Mark […]

RE: Coding the Capital Markets

I went along to the CodeMesh Alternative Programming Conference today and though most of the talk of functional programming languages such as Clojure, Scala and F# went over my head, I did pick up on some interesting points from technology insiders in the capital markets around three areas: hiring talent; open source and R&D; and social/mobile technology. Hiring […]

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”

Yesterday I went along to the Gramercy Institute’s first Financial Marketing Forum in London, continuing their global series of events. It was very interesting with lots to discuss – but I thought I’d focus here on one of the top trends: Measuring Marketing. The event kicked off with Bill Wreaks presenting some of the recent […]

Sharing New Ideas

Have you ever thought of a great idea / innovation, and then done nothing about it? I’ve thought about this and decided to create a new category on this blog called ‘New Ideas / Innovations’ to capture some of my random ideas for new products and innovations – with the thought that, if I never […]