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GlobePreneurs Win: How Intrinio is Making a Difference in FinTech

Rachel Carpenter is the Co-Founder and CEO of Intrinio (www.home.intrinio.com) – a disruptive financial data and analytics firm based in St. Petersburg, FL. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in both Finance and Management/Human Resources and minors in Spanish and European Studies. Rachel gained experience in HR, marketing, digital marketing strategies and digital advertising and managing teams through positions with Epic Systems Corporation (a healthcare software firm), UW-Madison and the Tampa Bay Lightning/Storm. She is an advanced front end web developer who created Intrinio with her CoFounder from scratch. Recently Hon. Pauline Truong (www.PaulineTruong.com) had discussions with Rachel regarding how Intrinio plans to make a positive difference in the financial data and analytics arena.

GlobePreneurs (GP): What are Intrinio’s aim and objectives?

Rachel Carpenter (RC): At Intrinio we leverage our proprietary standardization engine to provide a marketplace of open, flexible and affordable financial data feeds that power everything from websites to spreadsheets to quant models. We’ve eliminated seat licenses, redistribution fees, high prices, and all the restrictions that have made a commoditized product a premium one in a very ‘broken’ system.

GP: What makes you feel so passionate about Intrinio?

RC: The financial industry is very ‘broken’, and it’s arguably an industry that lags the most in innovation and technological advancement. Intrinio drives down into the core of the data that runs this industry and is solving problems from the bottom up. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how much value we can create in making this information accessible and affordable.

GP: How is Intrinio different from other ‘Fintech’ companies?

RC: What’s ‘sexy’ in Fintech right now are the consumer facing applications (roboadvisors, payments, etc.). What we do at Intrinio isn’t ‘sexy’ to most people. It’s raw data. It’s an open API, but we’re making it clean, easy, affordable and very accessible. It’s the backbone that is powering a lot of the ‘sexy’ apps in Fintech, and it’s the ‘lifeblood’ of the analysis that powers investment decisions.

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GP: What do you see as the biggest challenge for Fintech startups in the coming years?

RC: Besides typical regulatory challenges and the fact that valuations have gotten out of control and funding will be tougher, I think if we experience a recessionary scenario we’re going to find that investors and consumers will trust technology a whole lot less and will seek the comfort of professionals and traditional banking/investment systems.

GP: What is your advice for women who want to create startups in Fintech?

RC: Being the minority can be a power (not a curse) if you choose to view it that way. Know that you are a better communicator, more empathetic, and more comfortable with vulnerability, and therefore feedback and self improvement. Capitalize off of the fact that people are going to underestimate you and you’ll surprise them. It’s unfortunate we’re still dealing with this dynamic, but leverage those moments and remember that being different is your strength.

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Innovative Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

Our loved ones mean the world to us. So let’s make every day a truly memorable one. From simple reminders, to kitchenware and pampering presents, we’ve narrowed down some innovative gift ideas to surprise your loved ones. The best gifts are meaningful, practical, thoughtful and can be easily purchased online. 

There are so many great inventions and technology products, some of which are still undergoing refinement. Here are some of our suggested gift ideas for your loved ones:

1. Tile (Mate) Finder – This finder is named one of 2017 World’s Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics. It rings lost items from your phone and will play a loud tune until the items are found. It evens remembers the last time and place you last had your item so you knows where to start looking. We have it on our phones, keys, ipads, wallets etc. We have bought quite a few of these for friends, who later bought it for their friends as well. This is perfect for most people.

  

2. Echo Look (Hands-Free Camera and Style Assistant) – This item can help you look your best. Using just your voice, the Echo Look can easily take full-length photos and short videos, help you see yourself from every angle with the companion app. You can build a personal lookbook, get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists. The Echo Look also helps you discover new brands and styles inspired by your lookbook. This will leave your you looking flawless and feeling pampered.

3. The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System  Convenient design allows you to brew espresso on one side and froth milk on the other side. There are three frothing modes: Cappuccino, Latte, and Cold Froth. We have Keurigs at home, but this Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System is amazing and a sweet gesture for your loved one.

 

4. Instant Pot 7 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker (6 Quart | 1000W) It’s the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combining 7 kitchen appliances in 1:    Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer. It prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support mom’s busy lifestyle and features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button. It’s built with the latest 3rd generation technology and achieve your desired results every time…so you can make quick and delicious meals for the family!

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5. Kindle Oasis It is the thinnest and lightest Kindle ever with all-new ergonomic design with dedicated buttons to effortlessly turn the page. It also has the longest Kindle battery life, high-resolution 300 ppi display with crisp, laser quality text and enhanced built-in adjustable light that evenly illuminates the screen for perfect reading anywhere, anytime. Let your loved ones know how much you care with this new Kindle.

 

6. Echo Dot (2nd Generation)Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. It can also control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others. Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer. It’s always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more.  Delight your loved ones for years to come with this gadget.

7. BObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop – This ‘robot’ is specially designed for cleaning up pet hair and paw prints. It simultaneously sweeps, vacuums, mops, and UV sterilizes all types of floors. The HEPA filtration removes harmful allergens from the air and has personalized cleaning schedule and automatic self-charging functions. This is essential for  people-on-the-go – you know the house will be clean!

  

8. Pro Versa JHBD100 Salon Style Hard Bonnet Folding Hair Dryer – This powerful and convenient hair dryer with a hard bonnet salon style design includes (4) heat settings for added versatility, with power. It features a built-in tourmaline ionizer for more shine, less static and faster drying time. It folds for compact storage and easy transportation when you’re on the go. Spoiling your loved ones this year? Treat them to this indulgent hair dryer so they can enjoy a spa-like escape at home.

What are your favorites from this list? Do you have other suggestions?

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GlobePreneurs Win: Svaha Challenges Gender Stereotypes in Clothing

Jaya Iyer wanted to live the American Dream, so she moved to the US from India carrying only a backpack full of ambition. She worked hard to obtain a Ph.D. in Fashion Merchandising (Iowa State University), taught Fashion Buying, and wrote a textbook on Fashion in Emerging Markets. After Jaya was unable to find an astronaut shirt for her space-obsessed daughter and had to buy one from the boys’ section, she saw a problem in the apparel industry and wanted to fix it.

Jaya teamed up with Eva Everett, a former Molecular Biologist who got fed up with people telling her that she did not ‘look like’ a scientist. Together they created Svaha apparel to challenge the gender bias that exists in the apparel industry.

‘Gender stereotypes exists in clothing at every age and our mission is to get rid of it – one piece of apparel at a time,’ says Jaya. Svaha believes that women should not have to choose between loving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) and being feminine. The Svaha apparel line shows that ‘brainy is beautiful.’ Hon. Pauline Truong recently had discussions with Svaha regarding their traction and growing popularity in the U.S.A.


Where do you see Svaha five years from now?

Our goal is to be the go-to place for people who want to find clothes that defy gender norms. We started with children’s apparel, then very successfully moved into women’s clothing. We have big dreams for the expansion we are going to do next! Along with apparel, we hope to continue building our community and getting momentum behind our movement to fight for gender equality. 

 

Where is the clothing currently manufactured and what processes do you undertake to ensure your customers are satisfied with the end result?

The clothing is currently manufactured in India. We truly believe in using organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes and paying the people who make our clothes a living wage. The quality of our products is amazing, but this comes with a higher price tag than buying clothes at places like Target and Walmart. It can be difficult to convince people to pay a little bit more for clothes. However, we know from experience that once people buy from us, they come back for more! We think there are enough consumers out there who care about what we’re doing, and care enough about making ethical purchases to support companies, like us, who are trying to make a difference.

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What resistance and/or challenges have you faced with Svaha and your ideas?

With a limited marketing budget, reaching our customers has been our biggest challenge. But, now that we have so many customers who have bought our products, word of mouth has been a great one for us! We have the best customers and we want to continue making Svaha into a brand they adore!

If you started your company again, what would you do differently?

We believe that we have created a company that we always wanted to. We want to continue listening to our customers and make what would make them happy. There is nothing really we would have done differently. We will continue to make changes based on our customer demands.

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What is your advice for women who want to create change in the start-up arena?

Our biggest word of advice is to keep your eyes open and let your imagination run free. There are so many completely untapped markets out there in the apparel industry just waiting for the right entrepreneur to come along and find them. If you work hard and don’t give up on your dreams, the sky’s the limit in what you can achieve!

What is your advice for GlobePreneurs who want to live the American Dream?

You are lucky to live in an environment where anything is possible if you set your heart and mind into doing it. So, find an idea, stay focused, work hard, and achieve your American Dream!

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What Should I Avoid Doing When Visiting U.S.A.?

Global travels enable us to build more successful personal and professional relationships in a diverse environment. I enjoy being in the U.S.A. Having lived, worked and undertaken business in many countries, I was asked ‘What should I not do when visiting the U.S.A ?.’  My online response received 5,500+ views per day for a while. So here it is…. a brief list of what one should not do when visiting the U.S.A (SMILE):

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1. Shout in airports and/or public places (especially if your friend’s name is Jack) – A loud ‘Hi Jack’ could get you in a lot of trouble! 😉

2. Provoke anyone – They may have a gun (even though most people in the U.S.A may not carry a gun around) 😉

3. Carry a toy gun or anything similar (this includes your kids) 🙂

4. Wear or do anything ‘strange’ on the plane or in public places  – For example, a fellow passenger on the plane alerted the authorities because he thought a math professor, who was solving math problems, was planning a terrorist attack! 🙂

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5. Be in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ – This could happen in any country so it is good to be aware and careful.

6. Bring more than the allowed cash amount – currently this amount is about USD $10,000 (please verify from time to time). If you bring more than the amount allowed, it will most likely be confiscated at the airport, if not declared properly.

7. Violate laws and regulations – They are strict and it is essential to have good status as a visitor.

8. Forget to leave a tip – Waiters here depend on the tips as their salary is minimal. So a tip is customary.

9. Attempt to drive in traffic (especially in the larger cities) – It will zap your energy, take up most of your day and make you feel frustrated.

10. Have unreasonable expectations – For example, that you will find a job and get rich quick! It takes time, even for locals.

 

11. Attempt to do too many things in one day – The traffic and distance between places makes it a challenge to cross many things off your ‘to do’ list in one day.

12. Many more!

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