Keeping the Human Touch in a High-Tech World with Sean Brown

Just because most things happen online these days doesn’t mean you can’t use a human hand every now and again. Sean Brown of YCharts sits down with Jeff to discuss how this revolutionary tool is better helping people manage and research investments all while keeping the human touch. Tune in to hear about Sean’s company and this week’s MARKet Reaction.

Let’s face it, we’re living in a digital world. Innovations in tech make managing investments and researching trades much easier than the analog days, but sometimes you still need that human touch. On this week’s episode of Limit Up! we’re talking to Sean Brown, President and CEO of cloud-based investment tool YCharts. YCharts is unique in that it’s a cloud-based platform that will still connect you with a human if you need help.

Sean talks to Jeff about Ycharts’ goal to bring transparency and great research to people of all levels of investing. He discusses how the company is integrating model portfolios and moving into the asset management space. But first, Mark Meadows is back this week with a zen MARKet Reaction: don’t fight the market, just go with it.
  • [00:24] - This week: Sean Brown, President and CEO of YCharts
  • [01:19] - MARKet Reaction with Mark Meadows
  • [03:27] - Jeff Carter interview with Sean Brown
    • [04:01] - Points and Figures 
    • [04:07] - YCharts
    • [04:35] - Hyde Park Angels 
    • [05:22] - YCharts features & uses
    • [09:35] - The difference between YCharts and other platforms 
    • [11:55] - Macro-level insights & visualization 
    • [15:44] - Employment opportunities at YCharts
    • [17:00] - How Sean was exposed to YCharts
    • [18:45] - What Sean is doing to develop the culture inside the company
    • [24:04] - Is Sean a native Chicagoan?
    • [25:22] - Sean's first job out of grad school
    • [27:00] - Why Sean chose Fintech
    • [29:33] - What’s next on the roadmap for YCharts?
    • [30:45] - YCharts can easily layer in new asset classes
    • [33:42] - Offices in Chicago and New York
  • [38:35] - Wrap-up with Jack Pelzer
Sean Brown is the President and CEO at YCharts, a cloud based investment research "Swiss Army Knife" tailor made for wealth advisors and asset managers. Sean has a 25+ year track record of guiding significant growth of public companies, private equity backed firms and startups. He has a proven process-oriented approach to achieving results, with significant experience aligning vision, product, go-to-market, culture and operational plans to achieve commercial objectives. Immediately prior to joining YCharts, he successfully led Interactive Data - 7Ticks to an acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange. Previously he held senior positions at CSG, Computer Science Corporation, and Telution. He began his career as a software developer at Accenture.  He lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife, 2 children, and dog.

Limit Up! Is hosted by Jeff Carter. Jeff is a general partner at West Loop Ventures. In April of 2007, he co-founded Hyde Park Angels and spearheaded the growth and development of one of the most active angel groups in the United States. He has consulted on the startup of several other angel groups. He is a former independent trader and member of the CME Board of Directors and was part of a small group that transformed CME from an open outcry exchange to the largest electronic exchange in the world. In 1998, CME was worth $182,134,000 in membership enterprise value. Today it’s worth $55 Billion.

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