Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. This past week may have been one of her busiest in the past 10 years. Merkel came to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama on Monday. She had a clear position that arming the Ukrainian government was not going to bring about a cease-fire.
I spent most of last week in Europe evaluating several interesting opportunities for expanding the Asset International franchise. I am confident that we will have several announcements to make over the next several months that will benefit our clients.
Before looking forward, I spent some time over the weekend looking back at some earlier January columns and my forecasts. The one that I ended up focusing on was “Retirement & Energy Independence: Two Issues to Be Addressed,” from January 2012. I opened with a discussion of NFL wild card weekend and the then-titled BCS National Championship college title game.
Seven and a half years ago, I left Reed Elsevier with a vision of building a dynamic, global business information platform. I knew from the start that the world was changing, but in January of 2007 we had not foreseen the start of the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. I had decided in the fall of 2006, with my departure from Reed Elsevier being imminent, to partner with Austin Ventures' Growth Equity team. During 2007 and early 2008 we considered five unique business verticals for platform opportunities. It started to become clear in the spring of 2008, as the world's financial foundations began to shake, that if we were going to emerge on the other side and start a recovery cycle the need for transparency and new regulations would drive the growth of the financial information sector.
I have been very busy during the first quarter of this year expanding our global footprint and extending our data offerings with Simfund Global Pro. I made a very quick trip to London last Sunday to present at an SIIA industry event that focused on innovation. I spotlighted our London team’s development process for Simfund Global Pro. Regardless of my business travel schedule, I could not let the Masters weekend pass without a column.