For the last 5 years, I’ve been going to Finovate and this year is no different. Finovate Spring is in less than 24 hours. This is where I got to meet the people behind Prosper, Lending Club, Credit Karma and more.
For the first time in 5 years, I decided to be un-Lazy with Finovate and look at the companies presenting in advance. I couldn’t be more disappointed. I went through 48 of the 64 companies presenting last night and did not see much for consumers to get excited about. One of the few exceptions was WattzOn a company that helps you save money on electric bill by analyzing how much you are spending and where you can spend less. (I apparently would be well served asking my landlord for a new fridge, because the current one isn’t very energy efficient.) Other than that, the vast majority of companies seem to be those that are providing services to other financial institutions or small businesses. I’m all for mom and pop shops getting access to technology to help them take payments anywhere, but it isn’t that noteworthy and solutions are already in place.
I hope that by setting my expectations low, there will be some pleasant surprises.
Here are a couple of quick hits before some personal finance links of the last week.
- SoapBoxers has a fiction writing contest and you can win money by voting – I’m probably not going to write for the Soap Boxer’s Fiction Writing contest, but I may vote for a chance to win $5 – that’s the right amount of effort for me. However, I could surprise some by writing about how Justice Jake thwarted the Evil SpiderBird. It was a dream from a couple of years ago, but my dog was pretty cool… and you never want to run into SpiderBird.
- I was a little disappointed by the lack of comments on my late Friday post: Pyramid Scheme Questions Cause Herbalife to Lose 3 Billion Dollars, but I got an email from an expert on Pyramid Schemes that more than made up for it. It seemed like a very productive discussion.
And now for the links:
- Digerati Life posts about the fanciest and most valuable Easter eggs in the world.
- My Dollar Plan shares how to request copies or transcripts of past tax returns.
- Free Money Finance goes over how to 80-20 your career.
- Million Dollar Journey presents 3 keys to building wealth video.
- My Journey to Millions discusses factors in considering where to live and work.
- Studenomics tells how buying a home can go wrong in your 20s.
- Start Talking Cents offers up 8 ways to save money on groceries without coupons.
- Debt Sucks explains how even a small debt can screw you years later.
- Bill Eater shares why debt doesn’t always mean you need life insurance.
- Saving Advice posts things most people regret buying.
- One Frugal Girl blogs about spousal conflict: paying full price for things one frugal girl.
- DINKS Finance asks what is the difference between blue collar and white collar workers?