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Cloud computing has made the move from new concept to technology that your mother uses. We now are entrusting so many different types of data to the cloud from financial statements and credit card numbers to our music collection and private emails. Yet how secure is the cloud and how much control do we have over the data that we entrust to it? If that data is stolen, will we know and what can we do? Who has jurisdictional authority over the data we store and under what circumstances can it be given away? This panel will try to answer these questions and more as we explore the impact of the cloud and what it means for personal identity and security.
by Jessica Mah
Entrepreneurs are throwing their money at solutions to the wrong problems -- they aren't using metrics to drive what really matters to their strategy. I'll talk about how inDinero has wasted a huge chunk of its investors money, chasing the wrong problems, building features that we thought had value but actually had negligible impact, among other things the company should have done differently.
The panel will explore the role of digital in selling complex services and products - using financial advisory as an example. For years, financial institutions have sought ways to make true financial advice available online. But did they find a way to satisfy their more independent customers? We will talk about the ways in which digital technology is transforming the way we market (and receive) financial advisory services. Take a peek at projects from our research labs. One features a room designed in a joint effort with the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany: It provides a digitally enhanced advisor-client conversation, using a multitouch table and a screen wall. The other is seeking to grant investors more control in a more integrated process by creating a platform for both, advisors and investors. We will investigate whether digital technologies will – one day – create the category killer for personal financial advising or take it to the next level.
More and more Austin-based tech companies are getting more and more financing (from sources inside and outside Central Texas). Learn who is investing, what they are investing in and why the area is attracting so much attention. Speakers include G51, Silverton Partners, Jamie Rhodes of Angel Network, Austin Ventures
9th–13th March 2012