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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We Live in Interesting Times

Windows 8: The Last Desktop Operating System

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Practice Makes Better

We Live in Interesting Times

Posted by Darren Tedesco

December 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I recently read an interesting Computerworld piece on the “Internet of Things,” which talked about the many electronics and even nonelectronics (such as toilets) that are becoming and will become connected via Wi-Fi. Typically, articles like this one go on about all the cool things that these new devices will bring us, including a refrigerator that will text you when you are out of milk or better yet that will order milk for you from the store to be delivered. Of course, outside of Cyber Monday, one of the big buzzes this week on the Web has been that, in the future, such deliveries will likely happen via an Amazon drone. This Computerworld piece, however, had nothing to do with future conveniences or sci-fi prognostications.

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Windows 8: The Last Desktop Operating System

Posted by Darren Tedesco

August 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s been a year now since Microsoft launched its latest operating system, Windows 8. The release includes some really cool features, particularly for touch screens, yet its adoption numbers are paltry. Although its user base has been growing consistently by about 0.5 percent each month (or at an annual rate of 6 percent), as of the beginning of June, just 4.3 percent of users were running Windows 8, according to NetMarketShare. Meanwhile, Windows 7 users accounted for 44.8 percent of the market—and that number actually increased from October 2012.

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App-ropos

Posted by Darren Tedesco

July 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, what with my spring travels for Commonwealth and recent surgery. Hopefully, that changes starting now.

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Topics: Technology

i Squared

Posted by Darren Tedesco

April 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s hard to believe that it was only a decade ago that we at Commonwealth decided to assume control of our destiny and take the fate of our technology into our own hands. During that time, we have focused on making our advisors more efficient by integrating data and operations and keeping our tools incredibly easy to use. At the same time, however, we have placed so many tools at our advisors’ disposal that it is easy for them to become overwhelmed by the options.

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Practice Makes Better

Posted by Darren Tedesco

April 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Life throws you a curveball every once and a while. The tragic and unfortunate event that happened earlier this week in Boston was one of those curveballs. On a day when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts celebrates Patriot’s Day (a state holiday), we were instead mourning unimaginable injuries and the loss of lives.

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