Lauren Barack


Lauren Barack is a journalist, editor and photographer who has written about flea markets in Kiev, protests in New York, fishermen in St. Petersburg, and new media launches in London.  Also trained as a filmmaker, Lauren has produced, edited, appeared on camera, and written for networks including VH1, Comedy Central, TNT and MTV. 

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of California at Berkeley, Lauren won the Loeb Award in 2009 for her MSN Money series, "Middle Class Crunch," earned a Pace Foundation Fellowship in robotics, and an Associated Press Television and Radio Association scholarship while in graduate school. Meeting Milton Berle remains a career highlight. She failed to light his cigar before an interview. He forgave her and taught her his secrets for on-camera makeup. She'll never appear pale again.

App Review: The Ghost In The Machine That Keeps Your Spending in Check
Ghostery uncovers ad servers that have their digital hooks into you—allowing users to block targeted ads if you, or your clients, choose.
Q&A: Personal Data as a Financial Asset?
Someone is making money off the personal information clients share online; What happens when they can sell it themselves?
Can Technology Tell You When a Client Is Worried?
New tech tools are emerging that promise to help identify emotional states through facial and voice analysis.
Turning Data Into Gold
All those bits, bytes, notes and posts have valuable details that can help you grow your firm—and be a better communicator.
App Review: Moven The Needle
Sure, you know how to keep track of your finances. But your clients? How about a tool that tells them if lunch at Chipotle is going to break the budget—right when they pay.
Q&A: Marrying Money To Data Science
Self-Described “data scientists," Quovo’s ( co-founders Lowell Putnam and Niko Karvounis explain how their firm is aggressively using data to make financial advisers smarter at their jobs.
The Amazon Experience
Clients won’t compare your technology to your competitors. They’ll compare it to Amazon and Apple. The smoothest, most useful and intuitive online experience wins.
App Review: Into The Zone
We know you’re not lazy. But sometimes, even opening email is more than you want to handle.
Q&A: Meet and Greet
The idea for Raghav Sharma’s GuideVine came from newly married friends who shopped fruitlessly for a new advisor.
Stripped Down Social Security
Even the best advisors can trip up over Social Security. Online sites and apps can help make the calculations a lot simpler, and may even help you land new clients.
App Review: Schedule a Doodle
Getting your clients scheduled for an appointment is a juggling act—particularly when you’re an independent firm.
Q&A: When Caution Can Be a Killer
As a social media risk and compliance analyst at Forrester Research, Nick Hayes nails down what firms should watch before jumping online.
Digital Gifts for Clients
When it comes to wishing clients a happy holiday, many advisors may opt for a simple handwritten note. Why not send a message your clients will use—and think of you as they do?
Social Media's Come of Age 1
A recent SIFMA panel on social media use by advisors argued that the digital tools are no longer optional.
App Review: Texting’s GateKeeper: Heywire’s Business Messenger App.
Business Messenger by HeyWire organizes incoming texts and lets you chat with anyone without giving them your phone number.
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