Making you smarter about monetizing data in investment processes. And smarter about understanding how (and how not) to build a portfolio analytics business.

Welcome to Focus Signal by Thomas Dadmun

After recovering from a decade of equity trading and then working at a Fortune 500 bank for a dozen years, I left to wander with purpose. With two partners and a band of interns, I created a portfolio analytics application and sold it to one of the world’s largest asset management service providers. Going from idea to product to revenue is the beginning. Writing the story inside the story explains the story.

What is Focus Signal?

  • Alternative portfolio analytics for PMs, Traders, and Analysts.

  • Reflections for entrepreneurs who believe it’s time to build.

  • Distributed semi-spontaneously.

Beliefs I’m Writing About

  • Asset managers should use the best alternative data & analytics to capture alpha, manage risk, and increase AUM.

  • The future of institutional research is alt-data-driven quantitative insight written on demand without humans for custom portfolios.

  • Investment management is the intersection of financial technology and media.

  • The gap between institutional and individual is disappearing.

Content I’m Writing About

Content is currency. Our content comes from Point Focal’s analytics stack:

  • Elastic architecture (boring) + Alternative data (less boring) +

  • Natural language generation (not boring) + Quantitative visualization (cool) =

  • Portfolio analytics (useful).

Our analytics stack comes from our niche:

  • Specialized knowledge: data & analytics + portfolio management

  • Unique capability: transforming data into quantitative insight

Read Focus Signal to Become Smarter Twice

  1. Learn about monetizing alternative data in your investment process.

  2. Learn about building a portfolio analytics fintech SaaS business.

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My commitment is to share meaningful explanations.

-Thomas



People

Thomas Dadmun
Founder, Point Focal