This week, I pause to reflect on the sales of (1) AdvisorEngine to Franklin Templeton and (2) the technology of Motif Investing to Schwab. Is all enterprise wealth tech destined to be acquired by financial incumbents? Has the roboadvisor innovation vector run dry? Not at all, I think. If anything, we are just getting started. Decentralized finance innovators like Zapper, Balancer, TokenSets, and PieDAO are re-imagining what wealth management looks like on Ethereum infrastructure. Their speed of iteration and deployment is both faster and cheaper, and I am more excited for the future of digital investing than ever before.
The New York City-based company raised their Series A funding from WisdomTree Investments, Inc., who sees this opportunity as a strategic investment; the deal will set up WisdomTree's asset allocation models to be made available through AdvisorEngine's open architecture platform and WisdomTree will actively introduce the new platform to its distribution network; AdvisorEngine intends to use the funds for the continued development and expansion of its wealth management platform. Source