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This post was written by Renee Li and edited by Brett Martin at Charge.vc. It is the second in a series of posts on a WealthTech thesis (you can read the first post here). If you are working in or thinking about the WealthTech space, we’d love to connect! Get in touch with the team @ Charge.vc!

Mapping the Future of WealthTech for Millennials

Following the challenges for the wealth management industry that we outlined in the last post, we wanted to propose some opportunities for challengers to reshape the industry and serve millennials better. …

How no-code tools can spark joy for enterprise architects

This post is part of a series on B2B low/no-code written for Charge by Indraja Karnik, a full-time MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to B-school, Indraja was a Senior Product Manager at Appian. By building this investment thesis publicly, she wants to create a resource for others like her who are trying to break into VC.

As we continue our exploration into B2B low/no-code technology, let’s quickly recap what we’ve established so far:

  1. Low/no-code tools should be evaluated on a spectrum of ease-of-use vs. power.
  2. The target user must be defined more precisely than “citizen developer,” with specificity…

A Product Manager’s perspective on the real users of B2B Low/No-code

This post is part of a series on B2B low/no-code written for Charge by Indraja Karnik, a full-time MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to B-school, Indraja was a Senior Product Manager at Appian. By building this investment thesis publicly, she wants to create a resource for others like her who are trying to break into VC.

In our first article, we established the scope of our inquiry into low/no-code, which will focus only enterprise software, and defined our terminology at a high level. Low/no-code tools help address the challenge of not having enough developers — either by helping…

Cheap Not Deep … This Time

(This isn’t President Trump)

Finally, the election season is over! Or is it?

The danger of falsified election content was highlighted by The Hill in July:

“Imagine if a nation-state or terrorist organization were able to hack President Trump’s Twitter feed and send out messages indicating that the U.S. was going to strike China imminently. … As the old adage goes, the lie is half-way around the world before the truth gets its boots on.”

Nothing Fake About this Real Threat

Given how “fake news” memorably altered the 2016 US elections, worries that fabricated “deepfake” videos could become an even bigger problem in coming…

This post is the first in a series on WealthTech written with Charge by me, Renee Li, a full-time MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to B-school, I was an Investment Associate at BlackRock.

The wealth-management industry, a market with $487 billion in value in 2019, is large and fragmented. UBS, the global leader, has a 3% market share. There were more than 270,000 personal financial advisors working in the US in 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Despite the abundance of wealth advisors, the vast majority of the market is underserved. The industry stratifies customers in…

In the age of digital transformation, enterprise IT organizations are expected to rapidly adapt legacy architecture for new technologies to deliver high quality end-user experiences, all while maintaining enterprise security and keeping their infrastructure lean. A moment of silence for every CIO who has had this conversation with a tech-illiterate CEO.

To achieve this vision with custom code is costly, time-consuming, and damn near impossible without attracting and retaining the right talent. And talent is expensive and hard to come by. …

Oliver Taylor was many things. A university student, coffee lover, and political junkie. A news media freelancer with six or so editorials, including bylines in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel. By most measures, Oliver was rather average. Maybe too average.

The trouble with Oliver started in late 2018.

London academic Mazen Masri had just drawn international attention for launching a lawsuit against the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, on behalf of alleged Mexican victims of the company’s phone-hacking technology. In an article in U.S. …

Leon Trotsky, one of the Soviet leaders of the October Revolution, vanishes

On May 2nd, 1945, the Soviet Union (USSR) advanced into Berlin from the east, almost four years after Germany violated its non-aggression pact and invaded. As the allied armies of the United States, the Free French, and the British Commonwealth swept into Berlin from the west, the USSR moved its line of control forward through the city. These “Temporary” positions would solidify into the infamous Berlin Wall, but at this point, the West and the USSR were still allies. Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker two days prior and unconditional victory against Germany was all but assured in the…

The Ambassadors (1533), Hans Holbein the Younger, National Gallery

On Feb 26, 2016, Google’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas, a leader in the field of machine learning intelligence, delivered a speech at the Grey Area’s Grand Theater in San Francisco to introduce Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence program. His talk started at a seemingly unlikely place for an advanced technology initiative— an almost 500-year old double portrait by the German Renaissance painter Hans Holbein the Younger.

The painting, The Ambassadors (1533), features two normal, if medievally attired, men…and an extremely strange and obvious distortion of a human skull. As Agüera y Arcas explained, given the precision involved, it’s unlikely that…

Where VCs can play in and where VCs should stray from the green revolution.

Chenlu He is a recent graduate of Columbia Business School (CBS) class of 2020. During her last semester at CBS, she interned at Charge Ventures, conducting investment research on Sustainability. Prior to her MBA, Lulu worked for Mitsubishi Corporation, building out their Asia-Pacific strategy and business intelligence in Japan and Singapore. She originally hails from China.

In 2018,Bill Gates created a US$1 billion energy fund to back startups fighting climate change. In early 2020, KKR closed a US$1.3 billion global impact fund dedicated to climate change…

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