BlackRock is known because they’re the
world’s largest asset management company. But at the same time what keeps
BlackRock going is their technology. We’re here on Wall Street and in
Silicon Valley and we’re killing it in both spaces. I think this is what makes them
pretty innovative. Joining a big Wall Street firm you kind of expect in this
very tough, old-school finance mentality and it’s just not the case.
BlackRock’s incredibly innovative in the industry because we are really focused
on bringing technology into the industry. The amount of opportunities for new
technology like machine learning and big data analysis–it really makes working at
an issue like BlackRock that much more exciting. It’s not every day that you get
to join an organization that works at such enormous scale and with the most
cutting edge of technology because the problems that we have to work at are
enormous in their own scope and require the very best solutions. We’re really
so active in the technology space and making it applicable to whether it’s our
working environment, whether it’s products that we’re offering to clients,
whether it’s ways of educating our investors that’s really exciting.
Aladdin is the core operational platform used at BlackRock. The best way to
describe Aladdin is to think of it as a collective intelligence of the firm that
support portfolio managers, traders, analysts, operations folks to perform the
front-to-back actions of an asset manager. We at
BlackRock constantly innovate using technology. Every year we run a hackathon
tech fest to get people closer to technology so that even if you cannot
coach you can understand technology and use that to solve your business problems.
You get developers talking to business users they would normally never interact
with, you get new networks formed and then the nicest thing is to see
bonds and those networks taken forward and the days and weeks after the
hackathon. We see us of that. To me the impact of what we enable our salespeople
to do is pretty impressive from you know just using their iPads, they can through
hackathons and things like that we have some pretty amazing tools that they can
use to impact our clients. One of the best things about BlackRock is that we don’t
think too much about the financial industry or what the rest of the
industry is doing. We’re purely focused on how we can
innovate, how we can leverage technology and how we can deliver for our clients.
How can we make you know the big world of investing feel smaller and feel more
easy to understand is a great challenge for engineers. It’s an open landscape,
there’s so much to build there are so many challenges that we need to face and
we’re looking forward to it. It’s going to allow us to provide premier service
to all of our clients.