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Heather Underwood

Tech Reporter

heather@riabiz.com

Heather is our head advisor technology reviewer. She started writing for RIABiz in April 2010 when she was still in Sausalito, and has kept it up while pursuing her PhD in applied computer science at CU Boulder.

When she's not writing for us or working on research, Heather is an avid runner, hiker, and cyclist. Her most recent challenge is climbing all of the 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado before completing her degree.

Articles written by Heather Underwood


Matt Stroh: We've have had another consecutive year of over 50% revenue growth.

What Tamarac's overhauling of its Advisor Xi has yielded
The Seattle company's wants RIAs to buy into its whole system so it's sprinting to create the latest word in integration

Tuesday 1.17.12
John Philpott: We think we have a pretty unique value proposition with the single consolidated platform and single consolidated database

Interactive Advisory Software joins the horse race with VC funding, a new look, and new CEO
The updated user interface was built on the same technology at Gmail and it shows

Tuesday 7.12.11
Mary Hepler: Before 2008 the company was struggling along. The software was good, but it’s not what it is today.

Turnaround artist has almost completed her revamp of Cornerstone Revolutions
Mary Hepler was hired on behalf of an unidentified private equity group to catch up to Advent, Tamarac, and PortfolioCenter in features and tech

Friday 7.1.11
Brian McLaughlin: We have nice new Nissans.

Review: How Redtail got hot fast among RIAs and how it plans to leapfrog itself
Brian McLaughlin's mindset includes: Technology, appealing pricing and bootstrapping growth

Wednesday 6.22.11
Rob Major: If you have 200 reports that do everything but cook you breakfast in the morning, you have a system that is unaffordable for 80% of the advisors that are out there.

After tortoise-like beginnings, AssetBook is now on-the-hop in portfolio management software
Rob Major takes what he learned in building Techfi to make AssetBook a functional, no-frills system

Wednesday 5.25.11
Rob Klapprodt: "We really pride ourselves on not limiting how our clients do business."

Giant of the broker-dealer tech world takes aim at Advent
Vestmark tailors its platform for RIAs to take advantage of breakaway trends

Wednesday 3.9.11
Peter Giza: We’ve been desperate to not pigeonhole RIAs into a situation where they cannot afford us or can’t use us.

RedBlack's Peter Giza gives RIABiz a look under the hood of its Rebalance Express software
New Hampshire-based software maker competes with a lower price and an easy-to-use interface

Tuesday 9.7.10
Ben Welch: iRebal’s client base, currently at 67 firms, has doubled in the last two year. It has also experienced a five-fold increase in developers to five full-timers

Tech Review: iRebal thrives after TD Ameritrade acquisition
The trailblazing rebalancer is tweaking its business model but staying focused on big RIAs

Thursday 8.5.10
Matt Stroh: Our clients tended to think our service reputation was the best of all the vendors they were working with, and they began relying on us more and more.

A close look at Tamarac's Advisor 9 and its strategic use of Schwab software
The Seattle company is trying to create a sense of familiarity for users with Outlook and PortfolioCenter features

Monday 7.12.10
Marc Cohen: Frankly a number of our attorneys stayed up way too late sitting around a conference table continually throwing out words that could possibly get someone into trouble.

MarketCounsel's MailBanc automates away some of the liability risk of instant communications
A web-based email archiving and compliance tool for small to mid-size RIAs

Tuesday 6.29.10
Karla Paxton: We don’t care what we pull, we don’t care where we send it to.

Tech Review: ByAllAccounts has built its company brick by brick and the result is a solid product
The account aggregation provider's interface isn't flashy, but it functions well

Thursday 6.3.10
Michele Holton: You'll definitely know you're still with Advent; our customers have been pleasantly surprised.

RIABiz takes a peek under the hood of Advent Portfolio Exchange
The San Francisco software giant has made customer relationship management a big priority

Wednesday 5.12.10
Jon Patullo: [Advisors] were stoked that Veo was available on a Mac.

TD Ameritrade's technology, Veo, wins high praise from advisors so RIABiz took a look
Veo got a head start and has unique third party tools

Monday 5.3.10
Michael Wilson: We are trying to cut down on the number of systems an advisor needs to use.

Review: Morningstar Office's web-based platform combines research, advisor tools
No-frills interface offers easy access to reports, benchmarking

Monday 4.26.10
Dan Kurt: Advertisements are counterproductive for what we are trying to do

RIA Central has launched its bid to be the Facebook of RIAs
Heather takes a close look at how Fugent has pieced together a pioneering effort

Monday 3.29.10
Heather Underwood goes deep into the made-for-RIA features of BrightScope's website

How BrightScope is using technology to create order in a messy 401(k) market
A San Diego-based company gives a peek behind the curtain of many of the 60,000 largest defined contribution plans

Thursday 3.25.10
Heather Underwood: Orion is planning on integrating some well known social media constructs, most notably the Facebook Newsfeed or

A closer look at Orion Advisor Services' software and what's in store for its next release
Eric Clarke's Omaha company has wedged its way into the RIA consciousness with good reason

Monday 3.15.10

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