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HiddenLevers Credits Diversity as Big Contributor to Its Fintech Success

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HiddenLevers, a premier technology provider in the wealth management space, is meeting new diversity milestones in 2020. HiddenLevers’ Atlanta HQ now runs majority female (53%) and majority minority (54%), while maintaining a 100% USA-based developer team.

A rising fintech player, HiddenLevers proves that diversity as a cornerstone in hiring can lead to next-level product and team culture. HiddenLevers shifted headquarters from Manhattan to metro-Atlanta and adopted a diversity-forward hiring methodology, to attract talent who wouldn’t usually consider fintech.

Diversity Statistics (All HiddenLevers Employees)

  • 38% women compared to 23% in tech-sector
  • 58% minority compared to 35% industry-wide
  • 25% underrepresented minority compared to 12% in tech-sector

“We don’t want to compare ourselves too much to averages – because HiddenLevers is not about being average,” said Raj Udeshi, Founder. “We have higher standards on everything from client experience to data privacy, so why not on diversity?”

While the arrival of several industry heavyweights rezoned Atlanta as a fintech hub, it remains uncertain whether their headcounts will reflect the city’s diversity. Avoiding the hypocritical wokeness of big tech companies, HiddenLevers put effort into actual changes.

“Instead of the usual corporate platitudes on race and rainbow-soaked advertising, I find the HiddenLevers founders give real opportunity to smart people of all backgrounds,” said Carlos Rodriguez, a full-stack developer. “We embrace differences to harness creative friction and divergent skill sets. This rockets HiddenLevers forward.”

Diversity = Winning

2018 study by McKinsey and LeanIn.org found companies in the top quartile for cultural diversity are 33% more likely to have industry-leading profitability. Top-quartile companies for gender diversity on exec teams are 21% more likely to outperform on profitability and 27% more likely to demonstrate superior value creation.

“The ROI on diversity is obvious at HiddenLevers,” said Yesenia Malone, another full-stack developer. “This is a happy tribe, welcoming of women and people of color, who love heterogeneity and are allergic to office politics. Our culture delivers unexpected wealth tech advancements quicker and better than the usual fintech man-show.”

“Women now control 42% of American wealth. That number will cross 50% by 2030,” said Praveen Ghanta, HiddenLevers Founder and CEO, citing a Credit Suisse study. “It makes sense that companies serving them should embrace having more women on their team.”

HiddenLevers is leading by example, by adjusting hiring practices, and by launching a women’s financial empowerment initiative. Tickets to the inaugural seminar, entitled Girl, Get Your Money, sold out in 2019, and will return as a regular series in 2020.

“I missed the culture at HiddenLevers and was pleasantly surprised to see progress on both the platform and the female headcount,” said Ashleigh Nails, who rejoined the team after working in education. “I’m contributing more to dropping knowledge here than I ever did in the higher-ed system.”

You’ll find HiddenLevers in the Veo Village at this week’s TD-Ameritrade LINC conference in Orlando. Several team members will be available to discuss diversity and demonstrate HiddenLevers client experience and business intelligence capabilities for wealth management. For more information, visit www.hiddenlevers.com.

 

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Peter Stewart Named Executive Vice President of North America for Ingenico Group

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Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING), the global leader in seamless payments, today announced that Peter Stewart has been named the executive vice president of North America. Peter reports to Matthieu Destot, executive vice president, B&A business unit and is a member of the company’s B&A Management Committee. Peter brings over 25 years of experience working with technology companies, including the last four years at Ingenico Group. His experience spans across different disciplines, including strategy, sales contract management, manufacturing, supply chain and human resources, among other areas.

“Peter brings a wealth of global leadership experience working with technology companies, both in fintech and the larger industry, that Ingenico benefits from greatly. I, along with the Executive Committee, am excited as he begins this new role leading the region,” Destot said. “His technology background and track record, coupled with his understanding of how Ingenico helps elevate the customer experience, will drive success as we continue to expand our presence in the region.”

Peter previously held the role of chief financial officer of the B&A business unit for Ingenico and formerly served as chief financial officer for the North America Region for nearly two years. Before that, he spent eight years at ADVA Optical Networking, most recently as vice president of finance, corporate development, treasury & risk management. Other previous companies include Lydian Data Services and ADP, among others.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed the next leader of the North America Region, and I’m very excited by the opportunity that we have in front of us,” Stewart said. “We will continue to build upon our position of thought leadership, our market strength and, most importantly, our ability to execute our strategy across both our Retail and B&A business unit activities.”

 

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Global Blockchain Market Outlook and Forecasts 2020-2025 – Overview of Service Type, Applications, Solutions and Industry Verticals

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Dublin, Feb. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Blockchain Technology Market by Service Type, Applications, Solutions, Industry Verticals 2020 – 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
This report evaluates the technology, leading companies and solutions in the evolving blockchain ecosystem. The report evaluates current and anticipated use cases for blockchain and assesses the market potential globally, regionally, and segmented by deployment type and industry vertical for the period 2020 to 2025.Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) represents a key service offering for many market segments as a mean of solution introduction and scalability via a cloud services model. BaaS service providers will include different types of services such as customize blockchain applications for cloud services, specific industries, custom consulting, and integration with existing systems.
Key Topics Covered:
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21, Inc.Abra, Inc.AccentureAlphaphoint CorporationAmazonBaiduBitfury GroupBlockchain Global LimitedBlockCypher, Inc.BloqBTL Group (Blockchain Tech Ltd.)Chain, Inc.Circle Internet Financial LimitedCoinbaseCoinfirm Ltd.ConsenSys Systems (ConsenSys)CreditsDell TechnologiesDeloitte Touche TohmatsuDigital Asset HoldingsDigitalx Ltd. (Digital Cc Ltd.)DMG Blockchain SolutionsEarthportFactom Inc.Fidelity InvestmentsGlobal Arena Holding, Inc. (GAHC)HoloHPHyperLedgerIBM CorporationIntelygenzIOTALibra Services, Inc.Linux FoundationMicrosoft CorporationMonaxNASDAQOverstockR3RippleShoCardTecentFor more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/ypsgh7About ResearchAndMarkets.com
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UP Fintech Underwrites 12 Chinese ADR IPOs in 2019

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More than 30 Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges in 2019 and 12 of them had Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited (“TBNZ”), a wholly owned subsidiary of UP Fintech Holding Limited (NASDAQ: TIGR) (together with TBNZ and other affiliates, “UP Fintech”), act as one of the underwriters for their offerings.

In 2015, UP Fintech introduced its proprietary trading platform, Tiger Trade, which provides global Chinese investors with seamless access to U.S. equities and other global securities. In the past few years, UP Fintech’s focus on innovation and superior user experience has enabled it to grow rapidly; according to iResearch, the firm has become the largest online broker for global Chinese to invest in U.S. equities.

UP Fintech is also expanding its institutional business, particularly investment banking and equity underwriting in the TMT space through its wholly owned subsidiary, TBNZ. Since 2017, UP Fintech has participated in many high profile Chinese Tech IPOs, including those of Chinese search engine Sogou Inc. (SOGO), ecommerce giant Pinduoduo (PDD), video streaming platform iQIYI (IQ), and online education company Youdao (DAO).

UP Fintech’s growing investment banking business has given the firm the opportunity to closely cooperate with a diverse range of corporate clients, giving it a better understanding of the challenges faced by Chinese companies that have held a U.S. IPO. UP Fintech is expanding its existing portfolio of corporate services to meet the needs of its growing client base.

“Chinese companies from different industries face a variety of difficulties through the IPO process in the U.S. On one hand, many Wall Street institutions are unfamiliar with relatively lesser-known Chinese companies, which may result in less allocation of resources to these companies. On the other hand, Chinese companies may not possess the requisite expertise to efficiently manage a new issue in the U.S. market. This is where our unique business model and market understanding distinguish our firm: we are ourselves a young technology company, so compared to traditional banks, we are naturally more connected to these emerging companies and understand their needs better. In addition we may leverage our growing customer base of institutional and retail investors to provide a huge demand for the new issuance,” said Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO of UP Fintech.

Expanding its portfolio of corporate services is a key strategy of UP Fintech’s development, so the firm has acquired new licenses to support its expansion. In October 2019, UP Fintech’s wholly-owned subsidiary, US Tiger Securities, Inc., received approval for conducting new businesses, including underwriting, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, mutual fund retailing, as well as selling group participant services from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Within two months of receiving these licenses, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries had participated in seven more Chinese ADR IPOs in the U.S.

With a staff that draws from its rich range of experiences in investment banking and financial services, UP Fintech is able to assist potential issuers on every step of their IPO planning. UP Fintech’s Corporate Services team advises issuers on capital structure, equity story, and the ECM/Sales team is able to connect issuers with over 200 institutional investors to build demand for the IPO.

In order to develop a comprehensive suite of corporate services for client firms, UP Fintech also provides ESOP management services to corporate clients, enabling them and their employees to conveniently manage their equity incentive schemes. After the IPO, UP Fintech assists issuers’ ESOP participants open brokerage accounts on its platform, which creates a new channel for client acquisition. Furthermore, after a successful listing, UP Fintech may offer other financial services to corporate clients to support secondary offerings or investor relations efforts.

In 2019, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries participated in 18 U.S. IPOs, and UP Fintech served as an underwriter in 12 of these IPOs. According to Bloomberg and SEC Edgar Data, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries led U.S. IPO underwriting of Chinese companies by deal count among brokerages in 2019.

In conclusion, UP Fintech’s growing corporate services are key to its strategy to create a comprehensive financial services platform that fulfills the needs of client companies at every step of their development and that also provides individual investors unparalleled access to global securities markets. Expect more news from UP Fintech as it helps a generation of Chinese companies go global.

 

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