Money:Tech Slides Now Available

Some Money:Tech conference slides are now available. As is generally the case, not everyone wanted their slides posted, so we’ve only got a subset of the many fine presentations made. Nevertheless, here is the current list (and maybe this way we can coerce a few more people into letting us post their decks). I’m going to recommend, in particular, Steve Skiena’s deck, but everyone here already knows I’m biased as a sucker for his great "accidental quant" book Calculated Bets.

A Conversation with Michael Stonebraker
Michael Stonebraker (StreamBase Systems)

Presentation: A Conversation with Michael Stonebraker Presentation [PPT]

Changes in the size, speed, and capabilities of databases underlie every major technology change in capital markets. Entrepreneur and computer scientist Michael Stonebraker will discuss what it all means—on and off Wall Street.


Data Demos: Real Estate, Wikis, and the Web
Michael Simonsen (Altos Research Corp.), Bruce Molloy (Connotate), Matt Jacobson (Connotate), Michael Sha (Wikinvest), Parker Conrad (Wikinvest), Fred Speckeen (AERS Terapeak Dataunison)

Presentation: Data Demos_ Real Estate, Wikis, and the Web Presentation [PPT]

Data is oxygen for stock markets. The trouble is, interesting new data is increasingly scarce, and existing data—like financial and earnings figures—are like mines picked over the point of exhaustion. Enter the Web.


Data: Making Money from Air Travel
Rick Seaney (

Presentation: Data_ Making Money from Air Travel Presentation [PPT]

Travel is one of the most technology-enabled industries, with a rapidly increasing amount of information exposed through travel-related sites. What can be done with this data? Rick Seaney will show us.


Motley Fool CAPS: Investors Helping Investors Beat the Market
John Keeling (Motley Fool CAPS)

Presentation: Motley Fool CAPS_ Investors Helping Investors Beat the Market Presentation [PPT]

About a year ago, we started generating stock ratings from the collective wisdom of the Motley Fool community and Wall Street analysts. In a little more than a year, we’ve collected ~1.5 million stock recommendations on over 7000 stocks. 5300 stocks have met our threshold for achieving a CAPS rating. But can community-generated stock ratings benefit your stock research?


Steve Skiena: Money, the Internet, and Jai-Alai
Steve Skiena (Stony Brook University)

Presentation: Steve Skiena_ Money, the Internet, and Jai-Alai Presentation [PDF]

Back in the 1980s, computer scientist and hacker Steve Skiena thought of a great way to beat jai-alai markets. Trouble was, it required faster computers and more data than he had at the time. That changed in the late 1990s, as Skiena exploited faster computers and web-based data to beat jai-alai markets, at least for a while.


Swimming Successfully in a Flow of Realtime News
Brian O’Keefe (Panopticon Software, Inc)

Presentation: Swimming Successfully in a Flow of Realtime News Presentation [PPT]

Markets are all about changes, about what is different now then what was going on ten minutes ago—and about what’s different from what people expected. Panopticon’s visualization tools process the motherlode of news data from Bloomberg, Reuters, and other real time sources to produce a fascinating picture of what’s different and what matters.


  1. Still no trackback support? In any case, sorry we didn’t get a chance to cover the conference in more detail, but I did link to these slides. Thanks for posting!

  2. Hi, Paul. Just sent you our PPT a couple of minutes ago.
    Thanks again for a great conference. I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally see a Web 2.0 conference that focused on utility, as opposed to “cool”.

  3. I think that you really can judge people by the way they comment different stuff. Some people, even expressing negative thoughts, are still polite and they respect and understand other people. Some people are not even trying to be nice, they just don’t care. I think self-confident person will always act nice, no matter what other people do