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Getting closer to the metal in Financial Technology

  • By Karl Antle    
  • June 12, 2014    

At ValueStream Labs, we’ve seen an explosion of early stage financial technology. An unprecedented amount of individuals are leaving their roles at established financial institutions and stepping into more entrepreneurial shoes. The availability of new web frameworks (like Ruby on Rails) and the abundance of developers in New York City allow a person to experiment, and these individuals often view technology as a way to automate and scale their previous position.

We love meeting entrepreneurs with a deep understanding of their industry – even more so when they’re leveraging technology in their next endeavor - but what really excites us is when we see entrepreneurs getting closer to “the metal”.

In programming, “getting down to the metal” refers to a developer’s decision to forgo pre-built frameworks in favor of working in a more base-level computer language. While frameworks allow entrepreneurs to develop rapid prototypes, they...

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