TOPXIGHT Labs and ALPHABETA featured in the Financial Express
Touted to be a start-up studio, TOPXIGHT Labs provides an end-to-end incubation ecosystem—governance, capital access, strategy, sales and marketing, design, product management, engineering and the supporting operational infrastructure. So far, TOPXIGHT has launched five companies—in financial services, music, cyber security, synthetic vision and sports—all following the principles of high R&D entry barriers, capital efficiency, and a sustainable growth model.
Founded by Kirthi Ramakrishnan and Siva Visveswaran in 2013, TOPXIGHT is a New York-based software lab and incubation studio, with a wholly owned subsidiary in Chennai, and a partnership with New York-based Valmiki Capital Management as the lead institutional investor in the incubated start-ups.
The start-up combines design and engineering to weave emerging technologies into foundational themes—visual collaboration, active learning spaces, indie-commerce, augmented intelligence—into tangible and adoptable IP to create companies that have the potential to transform various industries.
“We do applied research in various technology themes, develop business and technology IP, and apply the IP to various industries by bringing in subject matter heavy entrepreneurs. Successful projects are incubated into independent companies,” says Kirthi Ramakrishnan, CEO, TOPXIGHT Labs.
TOPXIGHT provides the complete operating model comprising governance, strategy, corporate development, sales and marketing, design, product management, engineering, client services, infrastructure, and operations (HR, finance, and legal) that allows the entrepreneurial teams the specialisation and economies of scale previously afforded only by larger companies. This allows companies to built with low cash burn with good incentive alignment between founders, employees, and investors. The partnership with Valmiki Capital LP gives investors access to early-stage companies with low blind pool risk, mature corporate governance, and clear stakeholder alignment.
Alphabeta Inc, part-owned by TOPXIGHT Labs in financial services, applies the concepts of visual collaboration and active learning to financial markets and provides an immersive user experience to transform financial education, wealth management, and investment research. The company has been active in the US and Indian markets since 2016 with presence in multiple universities and a partnership with the NSE Academy to widen the reach of investment education and is preparing for expansion into Greater Asia and Latin America in 2018.
The NSE is a strategic partner for Alphabeta. The company started offering an equity portfolio management course along with the NCFM certification in January 2018.
“We currently reach students through two channels—one, institutions like colleges, universities, corporate in physical and online mode and two, direct to consumer, primarily online. We have done a controlled delivery of the service starting with small class sizes. In total we have taught over 400 students thus far and the response has been terrific,” he said.
Students at eight Indian colleges have thus far been through the Alphabeta experience – either through the university formally assigning a 3-credit course or through the student investment clubs signing up directly. Either way, they go through the same experience and get the NCFM certification, he said. “We are currently adding 2-3 schools per month, and in one year we target to be in the 40-50 range in India, five schools in the US, and 1-2 in Mexico. We are also introducing a reduced content program for high school investment clubs in the US”.
Link for the news: https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/topxight-labs-a-startup-creating-companies-to-transform-industries/1340881/
ALPHABETA INC had a wonderfully successful presentation at the 2018 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).
ALPHABETA demonstrated its interactive interface to a variety of attendees at New Orleans’ annual entrepreneurship conference. The visually dynamic and immersive investment lab was a noteworthy attraction at the event, catching the attention of investors, academics, novices, and students. Those interested had the opportunity to see ALPHABETA Guide in action and were able to ask questions of the Research Associates presenting. In a city known for its food and culture, the virtual investment lab certainly created some buzz, causing many in the crowd to put down their delectables and contemplate their financial education.
ALPHABETA Guide uses a combination of real world situations, flipped classroom methodology, and an interactive pedagogy, to teach the intricacies of investment strategies with real-time exposure to the markets. Available to download for iOS/Mac as well as Android and Windows. Visit your appropriate app store.
For additional information, please visit alphabeta.io
(Right: An interested NOEW attendee reads up on ALPHABETA before seeing the interactive demo of ALPHABETA Guide).
NSE ACADEMY and ALPHABETA at the NSE Investor Fair to promote Investor Education and Awareness
India’s leading stock exchange, The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE), organized an ‘Investor Fair’ in Nagpur on January 13th to promote investment awareness among entrepreneurs, investors and students in the city. The NSE Investor Fair focused on three comprehensive themes - Skill India, Stand-up India & Digital India. These themes highlighted career options for students in the financial sector, investment opportunities in the stock market for investors and benefits of fund raising through NSE’s SME platform NSE Emerge. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honorable Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India inaugurated the event. Vikram Limaye, MD & CEO, NSE and Ravi Varanasi, CEO NSE ACADEMY Ltd. also addressed the gathering.
The NSE ACADEMY showcased the deployment of ALPHABETA Guide, the most advanced investment learning platform and also ran a virtual trading contest at the event.
Below (from Times of India): Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honorable Union Minister, Shri Vikram Limaye MD & CEO NSE, Shri Ravi Varanasi CEO NSE ACADEMY, Sathya Palaniappan and Varun Mundra from ALPHABETA at the virtual trading stall:
NSE ACADEMY and ALPHABETA Virtual Trading Stall a great hit at the NSE Investor Fair 2018
NSE ACADEMY and ALPHABETA, ran an investment strategy lab and virtual trading contest at the NSE Investor Fair. The visually dynamic and immersive user experience was a big attraction, especially with business school students and investors, with the crowd thronging the stall to participate and prizes were awarded to the top 2 performers. The contest featured over 50 participants.
(B-School students and other individual investors waiting to participate in NSE ACADEMY & ALPHABETA’s virtual trading stall at the NSE Investor Fair 2018)
(Sathya Palaniappan, COO, Asia Pacific for ALPHABETA, handing out the prizes to the winners of the virtual trading conducted by NSE ACADEMY & ALPHABETA at the NSE Investor Fair 2018)
NSE ACADEMY’s Equity Portfolio Management program powered by ALPHABETA Guide uses a combination of real world situations, flipped classroom methodology, and an interactive pedagogy, to teach the intricacies of investment strategies with real-time exposure to the markets. Access through the NSE ACADEMY or ask your school to participate.
For more information, please visit nseindia.com and alphabeta.io
NSE Academy Limited names ALPHABETA certified partner for its online courses
ALPHABETA’s immersive mobile app-based course in Equity Portfolio Management pioneers a revolutionary change in the teaching of finance
MUMBAI, India and CHENNAI, India, Nov. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NSE Academy Limited (NAL) a wholly owned subsidiary of National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSEIL), has named ALPHABETA INC as a certified partner for online education. NAL currently offers certificate programs in extensive finance subjects in collaboration with select educational and financial institutions. Starting with a certificate course in Equity Portfolio Management, ALPHABETA will grow its offerings and will progressively deploy its courses to enhance the NAL product offerings.
ALPHABETA is NAL’s choice due to the revolutionary nature of its inclusive pedagogical approach using an “active learning space” which makes the complex concepts of finance intuitively simpler for learners from diverse backgrounds who may lack the mathematics training that has traditionally been a prerequisite. The proprietary app (available on iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows) is targeted at graduate, undergraduate and high school students, investment managers, traders and wealth managers.
Kirthi Ramakrishnan, President of ALPHABETA, said, “The partnership with the NAL is a major validation of ALPHABETA’s revolutionary pedagogy using data visualization and exploratory learning in a mobile-first, data-intensive, next-generation app environment. We believe that we are at the forefront of a generational shift in the teaching of finance aligned with the irreversible trends of democratization of investing opportunities and investing knowledge. Even as the platform becomes part of the core curriculum in top business schools around the world, it is institutions like NAL that will truly bring financial inclusion through mass adoption by the wider population and we are proud to be part of that solution.”
Mr. Ravi Varanasi, CEO NSE Academy Limited, said, “The adoption of innovative learning methodologies has always been a priority at the NSE Academy Limited. As smart phone penetration increases, the interactive learning on mobile applications will enable imparting education on anywhere and anytime basis extending the barriers of reach and time. We are very excited to introduce this new concept with ALPHABETA, and believe that the immersive learning experience of the platform will revolutionize the learning of complex financial concepts.
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For company information: www.alphabeta.io
Link for the news: http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/11/22/1205032/0/en/NSE-Academy-Limited-names-ALPHABETA-certified-partner-for-its-online-courses.html
ALPHABETA and NSE Academy partnership profiled in the Hindu Business Line
ALPHABETA mulls tie-ups for providing financial courses
MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 21: ALPHABETA Inc, a New York-based new-age interactive education start-up providing courses on equity markets and commodities, is planning to tie up with leading business schools and financial institutions in India for financial courses. The company has recently partnered with the NSE Academy Ltd (NAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Stock Exchange, for the same. NAL, that currently offers certificate programmes in extensive finance subjects in collaboration with select educational and financial institutions, will soon provide a certificate course in equity portfolio management through online, using data visualisation and exploratory learning.
ALPHABETA’s plan is to introduce more such courses related to equity and stock market.
ALPHABETA provides an inclusive pedagogical approach using active learning space which makes the complex concepts of finance intuitively simpler, said its President and Founder Kirthi Ramakrishnan.
“Not many people invest in the stock market because they find it complex.
“Our platform makes many of these courses look very simple with a lot of visual data and a very practical approach instead of going the theoretical way,” he said, adding anyone can become financially literate by studying this course.
The online courses are available through a mobile app for anyone from high school students to investment managers, traders and wealth managers.
Ramakrishnan further added that in countries such as India and Mexico only 2 per cent of the population has exposure to the stock market. “Our aim is to take this 2 per cent to 10 per cent in the next 8-10 years,” Ramakrishnan said, adding that the company is already talking to about six premier business schools for the financial courses. “The partnership with NAL is a major validation that data visualisation and exploratory learning in a mobile-first, data-intensive, next-generation app environment is very important.
“We believe that we are at the forefront of a generational shift in the teaching of finance aligned with the irreversible trends of democratisation of investing opportunities and investing knowledge.”
Link for the news: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/stock-markets/alphabeta-mulls-tieups-for-providing-financial-courses/article9968776.ece
ALPHABETA to be certified partner for NSE Academy's online courses
TNN | Nov 21, 2017, 04.32 PM IST
CHENNAI: NSE Academy Limited (NAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSEIL), has named ALPHABETA INC as a certified partner for online education.
NAL currently offers certificate programs in extensive finance subjects in collaboration with select educational and financial institutions. Starting with a certificate course in Equity Portfolio Management, ALPHABETA will grow its offerings and will progressively deploy its courses to enhance the NAL product offerings.
Kirthi Ramakrishnan, president, ALPHABETA, said, "The partnership with NAL is a major validation of ALPHABETA's revolutionary pedagogy using data visualisation and exploratory learning in a mobile-first, data-intensive, next-generation app environment. We believe that we are at the forefront of a generational shift in the teaching of finance aligned with the irreversible trends of democratisation of investing opportunities and investing knowledge. Even as the platform becomes part of the core curriculum in top business schools around the world, it is institutions like NAL that will truly bring financial inclusion through mass adoption by the wider population and we are proud to be part of that solution."
Ravi Varanasi, CEO, NSE Academy Limited, said, "The adoption of innovative learning methodologies has always been a priority at NSE Academy Limited. As smartphone penetration increases, the interactive learning on mobile applications will enable imparting education on anywhere and anytime basis extending the barriers of reach and time. We are very excited to introduce this new concept with ALPHABETA. We believe that the immersive learning experience of the platform will revolutionise the learning of complex financial concepts."
Link for the news: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/alphabeta-to-be-certified-partner-for-nse-academys-online-courses/articleshow/61739255.cms
Hong Kong, China - NOV 2-3
ALPHABETA Guide captures interest of leading global B-Schools at the 2017 GMAC Asia Pacific Conference
The ALPHABETA team interacted with representatives of over 50 leading B-schools around the world and demonstrated the use of their Guide platform - the new, immersive way of learning trading strategies. The platform provides quizzes, simulation, study material and research papers to help grasp intricacies of portfolio management and securities analysis in a visual environment with practical real world examples. A must see for all schools looking towards technology to help them build their curriculum for the new-age learners.
Request for a Demo:
For US, Sam Noon at +1.443.243.3315
For India, Varun Mundra at +91.98293.68002