The world of wealth- and investment-technology can be a wonky, crowded space, full of entrants trying to find new solutions for old financial problems, clamoring for advisers’, clients’, and big firms’ attention.

Like other corners of the fintech market, wealth-tech startups have reported fresh infusions of capital this year even as the coronavirus pandemic has threatened financial stability around the world.

Last quarter, wealth-tech startups raised $1.2 billion in venture funding, up from $450 million during the first quarter, according to a report from CB Insights. Total deal activity ticked up slightly from quarter to quarter, from 28 to 32 deals.

Business Insider asked investors to nominate early-stage startups in the wealth management ecosystem that they see as up-and-comers. We set a criteria that companies eligible for this list could be in and outside of investors’ portfolios, while sticking with startups that have not raised beyond a Series B round … Read More

DENVER (KDVR) —The beer at Raices Brewing Company in Denver is just part of the experience owner Jose Beteta hoped to create.  

“The beer becomes a vehicle to accomplish the other things,” said Beteta.  

He opened Raices in September 2019 along with Tamil Maldonado Vega and Martin Vargas. Together, they opened the doors to one of the first Hispanic-owned breweries in the city.  

The idea to open Raices sparked when Beteta was researching possible business opportunities. He was struck by an intriguing statistic.  

“Out of 8,000 breweries in the U.S., less than half of a percent of them are owned by Latinos yet consumption is closer to 18%,” said Beteta.  

Together, his team sought to open a space that would honor and share their culture.  

But the idea of running a million-dollar business in America was once only a far-fetched dream. Beteta was raised in Costa Rica. His family moved

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A decade ago, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducted the first national survey that asked workers whether their bosses allowed them to discuss wages and salaries. Results revealed that half of all workers — and approximately two-thirds of private sector workers — were either formally banned or discouraged from talking about pay. Since 2010, 10 states and D.C. have passed legislation penalizing employers who retain these pay secrecy policies. Until recently, whether these state efforts had the intended effect within workplaces remained unknown.

In 2017 and 2018, a team of us — myself, Patrick Denice of Western University and Shengwei Sun, who recently joined IWPR — partnered with the research firm GfK and expanded on IWPR’s initial efforts. We surveyed nearly 2,600 full-time workers on a range of topics, including pay secrecy policies. Our findings indicate that these state-level efforts, and all the ongoing national attention to the

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  • A group of Northeastern students was dismissed for violating the university’s coronavirus rules after they were reportedly caught gathered in a room without wearing masks or socially distancing.
  • Tuition and room fees for the 11 students won’t be reimbursed.
  • The students also won’t be able to take their courses online but are eligible to return to school in the spring. 
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Eleven first-year Northeastern students were dismissed for violating the university’s coronavirus rules after reportedly being caught without wearing masks or socially distancing when gathered in a room. 

“The students have been informed that they are no longer part of the Northeastern community for the fall semester. They have the right to contest their dismissal at an expedited hearing,” a statement on the university’s website read. 

The statement added that the students would have to take a coronavirus test before they leave. In an

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Google may open the Google Guarantee to some local organic search opportunities – and it could mean big changes to the way small businesses set themselves apart.

In late July, we learned that Google appeared to be offering upgraded profile features to Google My Business members.

For $50 a month, local businesses that aren’t already part of Google’s Local Service Ads (LSA) program are being offered badging and backing similar to the Google Guarantee.

This apparent shift toward offering its SEO muscle to organic search, in addition to paid, is significant.

It also has some interesting ramifications for local businesses and consumers alike.

Let’s break down what this means and where Google’s efforts might go from here.

What Is Happening With Google Guarantee?

First, a quick refresher on Google Guarantee.


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The program – previously limited to paying Google Local Service Ads customers – gives a recognizable

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  • Dow Theory suggests indices must confirm each other and volume must confirm the trend.
  • The new downward trend in the Dow Utilities Index suggests indices are starting to break apart in terms of trending in unison.
  • Volume recently has been trailing lower, which suggests the momentum behind these new all-time highs is weakening.
  • If the Utilities Index continues to move lower and we see increased volume in the selling trend, we will consider the Dow Theory Trend component “broken” and expect a major peak/top soon after.

primary indicator in Dow Theory here. The two most important aspects of Dow Theory that we are researching today are two components:” data-reactid=”18″We know some of you are Dow Theory enthusiasts and followers.  We follow the Transportation Index as a leading indicator for potential major market trends almost exclusively because of what we have learned from Dow Theory. You can 

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Not long ago, a strong digital presence was an afterthought for many RIAs. Today, digital planning is one of the first steps on the path to independence. A recent Cerulli Edge report showed that among employee advisors who prefer independence, 55% are interested in starting a new practice rather than joining an existing one and 33% are interested in launching an independent practice with one to two partners.

As the number of advisors leaving wirehouses to go independent increases, more advisors are realizing the importance of having a strategy in place to ensure a clean and successful break.  Executing a detailed and in-depth digital branding strategy is a big part of that planning process.

Laying the Foundation for a Clean Exit

Nowadays, it is important to have a clearly defined digital branding strategy ready for implementation at the launch of

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 17, 2020 / Liana Zavo is a self-made serial entrepreneur who has been a powerful advocate of women empowerment. People may know her as the former celebrity-stylist-turned-media-mogul, but leaving behind all the glitz and glamour, Zavo actually grew up in an environment as what she described to be an extreme minority. “As an immigrant from Russia and growing up in the states as a minority – from a political, racial, and religious standpoint, I was on the outskirts of the majority,” she revealed.

But she used her vulnerability and differences to propel her forward instead. “Being a minority woman in business made me stick out in a crowd, and I decided to own it, embrace it, and become fearless in entering any room with confidence in who I am, because I found my true power,” she said.

Behind the Scenes of ZavoMedia


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Tim Draper is a trendspotter most famously known as founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he lead their investment in Skype. He’s also known as a thought leader for his book, The Startup Hero, and Draper University, his higher education institution. Finally, he even stars in his own television show, Meet The Drapers.

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Today he’s what’s called a “Bitcoin Bull,” because he holds his wealth in bitcoin instead of banks. As a result, he’s paid close attention to fintech solutions in Silicon Valley and is currently researching an emerging market many are calling “the DeFi bubble.” Fintech solutions are more than just a trend however; they’re becoming an essential part of every business. 


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“People are moving to bitcoin as a safe haven like gold,” Draper recently shared with me. “And people are moving to bitcoin because it’s the future

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