Wednesday, 02/06/2008

8:30am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Keynote
Location: Starlight Roof
Paul Kedrosky (Venture Capitalist), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
The Web 2.0 wave is slamming into Wall Street. Sharing and social networks that once seemed antithetical to the zero-sum world of money are finding their places in investing. From social stock-picking, to new and tradable web-based data, to search, all of these Web 2.0 technologies are showing up on Wall Street. Read more.

9:00am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Keynote
Location: Starlight Roof
Jim Cramer ( TheStreet.com/CNBC)
So-called amateurs have a bad rap in capital markets. Most professional investors sniff at such people, but Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money, has done more than anyone else to celebrate them. Read more.

9:30am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), James Altucher (Stockpickr), Graham Miller (Marketcetera), Steve Bate (FOLIOfn)
Some think open source technologies are fundamentally at odds with the zero-sum world of capital markets. Can you make money sharing some of your intellectual property? Increasingly we are seeing investors share technologies, ideas, and, yes, find more profits. Read more.

10:00am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Larry Tabb (TABB Group)
Dark pools, algorithms, disappearing traders—the markets are being transformed by technology. Capital is increasingly disappearing into markets where immense computational power is required to find trading parties; and algorithms are replacing traders at many funds. Read more.

10:30am

Morning Break (30m)

11:00am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Michael Simonsen (Altos Research Corp.), Bruce Molloy (Connotate), Matt Jacobson (Connotate), Michael Sha (Wikinvest), Parker Conrad (Wikinvest), Fred Speckeen (AERS Terapeak Dataunison)
Data is oxygen for stock markets. The trouble is, interesting new data is increasingly scarce, and existing data—like financial and earnings figures—are like mines picked over the point of exhaustion. Enter the Web. Read more.

11:30am

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
David Leinweber (Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley)
Technology has transformed investment and trading over the past 30 years. Markets have become computer networks, brokers are disintermediated by direct access and algo trading. Reporters are disintermediated when investors have access to primary sources at the same time they do. Read more.

12:00pm

Lunch (1h 15m)

1:15pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Alexander Saint-Amand (Gerson Lehrman Group )
More and more decision-makers around the world in all industries are turning to expert networks—communities of top thinkers, managers, and scientists—to help them make decisions. Read more.

1:30pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Thomas A. Desmond (TradeKing)
TradeKing was the first online broker-dealer to embrace social networking, introducing the TradeKing Community in 2005. Now, with more than two years under its belt - and 60,000 active traders & community members - TradeKing demonstrates how social networking is changing trading, to its own and its clients' benefit. Read more.

1:40pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Steve G. Steinberg (Steinberg Consulting)
Wall Street is largely populated by hackers. Major funds, like Renaissance Technologies, are run by ex-computer scientists, and they are among the hottest firms on Wall Street. Where do they look for data? How do they find an edge? Read more.

2:00pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Keith Ackerman (Thomson Financial), Eric Christiansen (Barclays Global Investors)
In the current web-based data explosion, buyers and sellers of financial data are struggling to stay relevant and ahead. What data matters any more? What doesn’t? How do you know? Where do you look? Read more.

2:30pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Randall Winn (Capital IQ), Robert Passarella (Dow Jones ), Kevin Pomplun (SkyGrid), Renny Monaghan (Salesforce.com)
The news and information business is changing rapidly. There is simply far more of it, with thousands of stories moving on major newswire on any given day, but there are also hundreds of market-moving niche sites and blogs. Read more.

3:00pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Jason Knight (Wesabe)
Web 2.0 is all about collaboration, about people helping one another, sometimes consciously, and sometimes less. A new generation of money management tools exploits this emerging phenomenon, and Wesabe is a great example. Read more.

3:15pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
George Tsiolis (AGORACOM)
AGORACOM is a second-generation financial community that has successfully eliminated epidemic levels of spam, bashing and profanity that plagued first-generation communities. Read more.

3:20pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Mike Gamson (LinkedIn)
Over the last five years, technological innovations driven by Web 2.0 companies have changed the way business is conducted around the world. In this session we will explore some of those innovations and their impact on the investment management process. Read more.

3:35pm

Afternoon Break (25m)

4:00pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Bo Cowgill (Google Economics Group)
Most people don’t know it, but Google is running one of the largest internal prediction markets in the world. In a sense, the fast-growing company has brought Wall Street inside, creating a marketplace to help it make decisions. Read more.

4:15pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
David Friedberg (The Climate Corporation), Michael Ferrari (Computer Sciences Corporation), Robert S. Marshall (WeatherBug)
Everyone talks about the weather, including investors. Weather data is rapidly becoming a crucial source of data about retail trends, catastrophe bonds, and event insurance. If you can't do anything about the weather, how do you make money from it? Read more.

4:30pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Rick Seaney (FareCompare.com)
Travel is one of the most technology-enabled industries, with a rapidly increasing amount of information exposed through travel-related sites. What can be done with this data? Rick Seaney will show us. Read more.

4:45pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
John Mahoney (InfoNgen)
Everyone complains about the existing news wires, but no one's willing to wade through all the noise online to monitor alternative sources of information. Read more.

5:00pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
John Keeling (Motley Fool CAPS)
About a year ago, we started generating stock ratings from the collective wisdom of the Motley Fool community and Wall Street analysts. In a little more than a year, we’ve collected ~1.5 million stock recommendations on over 7000 stocks. 5300 stocks have met our threshold for achieving a CAPS rating. But can community-generated stock ratings benefit your stock research? Read more.

5:15pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Dave Savage (Dow Jones)
Information coming soon. Read more.

5:20pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Paul Kedrosky (Venture Capitalist)
More information coming soon. Read more.

5:30pm

Wednesday, 02/06/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Events TBC

Thursday, 02/07/2008

8:30am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Paul Kedrosky (Venture Capitalist)
More information coming soon. Read more.

8:35am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Michael Stonebraker (StreamBase Systems)
Changes in the size, speed, and capabilities of databases underlie every major technology change in capital markets. Entrepreneur and computer scientist Michael Stonebraker will discuss what it all means—on and off Wall Street. Read more.

9:00am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Three slides in three minutes. How it is possible to harness collective intelligence to generate a 40% alpha. Read more.

9:05am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Devin Wenig (Thomson Reuters Markets), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Reuters is the largest information services company on the planet. It sits on some of the most widely used data, but is that data's time past? We'll find out with the company's Devin Wenig. Read more.

9:30am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Richard Bookstaber (Author of A Demon of Our Own Design), Bill Janeway (Warburg Pincus LLC)
The author of "A Demon of Our Own Design," argues that technology, rather than being a solution in financial markets, is part of the problem—and the creator of even more and potentially calamitous problems. Innovation is running amok, creating immense problems in calculating and managing risk. Read more.

10:00am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Jimmy Guterman (O'Reilly Media, Inc. ), Ken Kam (Marketocracy), Steven A. Carpenter (Cake Financial), Weiting Liu (SocialPicks), Richard 'Rikki' Tahta (Covestor), Michiel de Boer (Zecco)
The stock market has long been seen as the antithesis of sharing. There is only so much money to be made, so why would you tell anyone else your good ideas? How, then, do we explain the rise of a host of new web-based services predicated on sharing information about trades and stocks? Read more.

10:30am

Morning Break (30m)

11:00am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Kevin Pomplun (SkyGrid)
Today’s hedge fund managers, portfolio fund managers, and research analysts enjoy state-of-the-art desktop news feeds but still spend considerable time and effort scouring the Internet for market-moving information. Read more.

11:15am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Martin Wattenberg (IBM Research )
More data is better, right up until it isn’t. Because after a while everything starts to disappear in data smog, with meaning lost in terabytes of data feeds and general information overload. How do you cope? Read more.

11:30am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Brian O'Keefe (Panopticon Software, Inc)
Markets are all about changes, about what is different now then what was going on ten minutes ago—and about what’s different from what people expected. Panopticon’s visualization tools process the motherlode of news data from Bloomberg, Reuters, and other real time sources to produce a fascinating picture of what’s different and what matters. Read more.

11:45am

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Bill Tancer (Hitwise)
Wouldn’t you like to know what is being searched for right now in Google? Better yet, what is being searched for at the company of your choice? At Goldman? At Renaissance? While that data is not yet available, the next best thing is available at search analytics company Hitwise. Read more.

12:00pm

Lunch (1h 15m)

1:15pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Anju Marempudi (EventVestor)
eventVestor provides the most comprehensive data and analytics platform for event driven investment analysis and business decision-making. Read more.

1:30pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Henry Blodget (Silicon Alley Insider, Inc.), Barry L. Ritholtz (Fusion IQ), Nouriel Roubini (RGE Monitor), Jonathan Glick (Gerson Lehrman Group)
Equity research has gone from market hero to market zero in a decade. Now, equity research is seeing a resurgence and some of the best research is happening on blogs. Are blogs the future of equity research? Does sell-side research even have a future? Find out. Read more.

2:00pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
John Seo (Fermat Capital Management, LLC), James Altucher (Stockpickr)
Market partcipants like to create new markets. People want to trade stocks? Options? Commodities? Art? No problem. But trading in all these things requires information, otherwise there is nothing to trade on. Case in point: Catastrophe bonds. Read more.

2:30pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Jason Jones (HighStep Capital), Craig Kaplan (PredictWallStreet, Inc. ), Adam Siegel (Inkling Markets), Justin Wolfers (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Alex Forshaw (The Tradesports Political Maven)
There is no denying the appeal of web-based prediction markets. They are the Web 2.0 notion of wisdom of crowds in action, with a knack for out-predicting experts on elections and sporting events. But can they ever outperform the biggest and most liquid prediction market of them all, the stock market? Read more.

3:00pm

Afternoon Break (30m)

3:30pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Steve Skiena (Stony Brook University)
Back in the 1980s, computer scientist and hacker Steve Skiena thought of a great way to beat jai-alai markets. Trouble was, it required faster computers and more data than he had at the time. That changed in the late 1990s, as Skiena exploited faster computers and web-based data to beat jai-alai markets, at least for a while. Read more.

3:45pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Cathleen Rittereiser (Alternative Asset Managers, L.P. (AAM) ), JP Rangaswami (BT Design), Sean Park (Nauiokas Park), Finbar Taggit (www.fintag.com)
One of the problems with trying to transform Wall Street and capital markets is that neither is very good at being transformed. While you might think that market participants are aggressive adopters of innovative technologies, it is actually hit-and-miss. It is better, goes the old Wall Street adage, to be wrong together, than wrong alone. Read more.

4:15pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Tony Berkman (Majestic Research ), Stephen Kaufer (TripAdvisor), Penny Herscher (FirstRain, Inc.)
The Web is like an infinite library. Prices, popularity, schedules, economic releases, weather data, ocean buoy heights—it’s all there, and often in realtime. It can feel like a data bonanza to more enlightened financial market sorts, with this profusion of data opening up myriad doors for new strategies. Read more.

4:45pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Stewart Alsop (Alsop Louie Partners), Roger Ehrenberg (IA Ventures), Bruce Golden (Accel Partners), Cary Davis (Warburg Pincus, LLC), Salil Deshpande (Bay Partners)
For the longest time most of the innovation in financial markets came from the inside. Teams would hive off from major brokerage firms, starting hedge funds, or less, commonly, new companies providing data and research services. Web 2.0 is changing all of this. Read more.

5:15pm

Thursday, 02/07/2008
Location: Starlight Roof
Events TBC
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