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.

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.
Q&A: Make Me Safe
A Q&A with Dan Guido, Hacker-in-Residence at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, and the founder and CEO of Trail of Bits, on how non-techie advisors and clients can boost their fortifications against cyber attacks.
The Best Ideas from FinovateFall
FinovateFall is akin to speed dating for startup financial service firms, including seven-minute pitches to institutions and investors. Still, some argue it’s where the future of financial services can be found. Here are some of the more promising ideas to come out of last month’s event.
App Review: Top Up Your Savings
A new app, Acorns, takes advantage of the micro-investing wave by rounding up purchases on debit or credit cards and sending the difference to an SIPC-insured investment account (For the first $500,000.)
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