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.

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.)
Q&A: MicroPayment’s True Potential
True Potential's David Harrison believes giving clients some control over their own investments is a smart move.
Cardinal Sins of Writing for the Web
Even online the written word is the fundamental tool to inform and persuade. Here are some tips and resources to help advisors improve their prose.
The Year of the Phablet?
For a device that packs any computing power, the smartphone, or phablet as this new generation is called, is going to remain crucial for work now. Here’s what advisors need to know about Apple’s new releases as well as its competitors’.
Q&A: Flaw In The Machine
USB based devices may be attacking your system. So says a recent discovery from researchers at the Berlin-based Security Research Labs, which presented findings of the flaw earlier this month.
App Review: Juice Up, Juice Down
JuiceDefender is best for when your phone is idle for long periods of time, by disabling your mobile data so your battery isn’t eaten alive.
Seven Apps to Help You Unplug
For all the benefits of the Internet, research is beginning to show that too much time online can be addicting and drive us to distraction. Of course, there’s an app for that.
App Review: Smiles for Tips
You’ve just finished a lunch with colleagues and the bill comes. You’re a finance guy—you know how to calculate a tip. But service today, well, it didn’t leave you smiling. Gratuity app may serve you well.
Q&A: No Longer an Enigma
Big data can give anyone a headache—except for Enigma’s co-founder Marc DaCosta, who sees those bits and bytes as ways to support business decisions from trading to credit lending.
Looking Under Mobile's Hood
The fact that many of your clients use their smartphones to check account balances, deposit checks and pay bills has finally caught the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
How Wearables Could Shape Financial Services
Broad use of wearable technology such as Google Glass and Pebble may be just five years away. How will these devices translate to the advisory industry?
Q&A: Tricia Blair: Lincoln Financial Group’s Digital Ninja
Lincoln’s Chief Digital Officer Tricia Blair on why companies need to be focused on digital and what cutting edge tools she is eyeing for her firm on the digital forefront.
App Review: Scan Like A Pro
When you need to scan a document on the go, Scanner Pro can help you do that.
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