This Tuesday, I'm heading to Finovate Start-up hosted by Jim Bruene of NetBanker fame. There are a ton of companies presenting there. Some of the highlights that I'm looking forward to are Buxfer, Loanio (are they ever going to launch), Mint, Prosper, SmartyPig, Wesabe, Zecco, Zopa. I'm disappointed that Geezeo isn't going to be there. Lending Club bowed out, which is reasonable considering their quiet period.
I'd like to single out Vestopia and SmartHippo (not to be confused with SmartyPig or my upcoming start-up SmarterBoar). These companies have contacted me for one-on-one interviews. I've been able to secure a time with Vestopia, but I'm still waiting to hear back from SmartHippo. Other companies have tried to set up meetings with me, but since I don't know what to expect, I'm trying not to over-extend myself.
I could really use your help coming up with questions for Vestopia and SmartHippo. I'm not very familiar with them, other than what I read on their websites, so you can figure out what I can. As best I can tell, Vestopia let's you follow what Investment Directors are buying and selling - alerting you about the trade right away within 15 seconds of them doing it. There is a whole community aspect to the site as well. SmartHippo seems to be a community reporting mortgage rates from community members. I look forward to finding the value that this community provides, I found that I did extremely well doing a search for mortgages on Bank Rate. Maybe I got a lucky though.
So if you have questions that you want me to ask these companies - or any others, leave a comment or contact me. If there's a company that you'd like to know more about, let me know and I'll try to attend their product demo.
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