Darren Tedesco

Darren Tedesco is managing principal, innovation and strategy, at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, the nation's largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has filled many positions, including assistant controller and director of commissions. In his current role, Darren creates and supports critical business strategies by setting the direction of the firm’s business systems. He also investigates the use of new technologies and business opportunities to enhance the customer experience. Darren speaks regularly at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in industry publications for his knowledge of software in the financial advisor community.

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Recent Posts

The Role of Integrated Technology in Financial Services

6 Ways Pokémon GO Is Changing How We Do Business

7 Ingredients for Optimizing the User Experience [Infographic]

Smartphone Heaven: Increase Productivity with Mobile Technology

New Year’s Computer Resolution

The Role of Integrated Technology in Financial Services

Posted by Darren Tedesco

February 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Integration has long been considered the holy grail on a financial advisor’s desktop—and for good reason. Integrated technology can improve efficiency (read: scalability) and help you maintain a high level of service for your clients. Still, there are two interesting truths to keep in mind when thinking about the role of integrated technology in financial services: integration means different things to different people, and integration is never complete.

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Topics: Technology

6 Ways Pokémon GO Is Changing How We Do Business

Posted by Darren Tedesco

August 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

If you haven’t heard of Pokémon GO, I can only imagine that you’ve been vacationing on a remote island or in the middle of Siberia. Since its release in early July, the game, a modern-day iteration of the original Pokémon trading card game, has seen unprecedented success. The uber-popular app has already been downloaded tens of millions of times, and Nintendo’s stock is up more than 60 percent in the past month (although Nintendo recently said that its exposure to profits would be limited). Never has a mobile app game been so hyped—and for good reason, I think.

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Topics: Technology

7 Ingredients for Optimizing the User Experience [Infographic]

Posted by Darren Tedesco

November 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Every day, each of us makes a number of decisions that affect our lives. (Research says the number of decisions is somewhere between 3,000 and 35,000; I couldn’t decide which source to trust, so I’m giving you the range instead!) In making these decisions—regardless of whether our choices involve something rather ordinary or matters of consequence—we are attempting to optimize for something.

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Topics: Technology

Smartphone Heaven: Increase Productivity with Mobile Technology

Posted by Darren Tedesco

April 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It's easy to understand why smartphones have taken off in the world: they are an intuitive (and fun) way to increase productivity with mobile technology.

Simply put, smartphones make a huge difference day-to-day and often make life better—and easier. Reflecting upon a Commonwealth road trip last week, I realized that almost every key point was managed by my phone.

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Topics: Technology

New Year’s Computer Resolution

Posted by Darren Tedesco

January 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I’ve never understood the infamous New Year’s resolution. What’s so important about a single day (i.e., January 1) that warrants a different human behavior from what existed a day earlier (i.e., December 31)? People—myself included—should make resolutions all the time when they want to change, even if they make the resolution on June 19. I know, it sounds “soap-boxish,” but you can get away with that when it’s your own blog. :)

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Topics: Technology

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