In A quickly changing business climate some of the most important qualities I look for in an applicant are the ability to take educated risks, adjust to changing business conditions and learn quickly
New York, NY (Vocus) February 18, 2010
Andiamo Partners in conjunction with their subsidiary company, newly launched site, Unlock Wall Street welcomes to their staff, Beki Gibney. You might remember reading about Beki Gibney in the Wall Street Journal and more recently the Daily News in a story about “Adult Interns.” Beki had been re-structuring her career after she, like many others, were laid off in early 2009. In her time searching for work she began taking internships which lead her down a very different career path. Gibney who once worked in the Television and Film industry as an Associate Producer found her niche while interning with a Web Video Series company based out of Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Humility and an openness to learn new things brought her to Andiamo partners while they were building their site Unlock Wall Street , once again as an intern. She already knew she was creative, enjoyed doing copy editing and content management, and at that point was almost testing them out. Shortly after her internship began, she felt she could really trust them as employers and more over get behind their mission of bringing transparency to the financial industry. At that point, she gave them her resume, asked for bigger responsibilities, and proved she had transferable skills. As a result of timing, patience and a drive to find the right career path, Gibney has found her home with Unlock Wall Street as the Product Manager of Web Content and Creative Initiatives.
When someone with an accomplished past in another field comes and says they want to transition their career, there might be some apprehension. In this economy, a business has to be confident it's making the right hiring decisions; a missed opportunity to make the right hire can be very costly. So why did Unlock Wall Street, a fast growing website in the financial industry, hire Gibney - first as an intern and shortly thereafter as a full time employee? “In A quickly changing business climate some of the most important qualities I look for in an applicant are the ability to take educated risks, adjust to changing business conditions and learn quickly,” says CEO Patrick McAdams. “What better way to know you’re hiring someone with those abilities than to hire someone who's proven that, not only in their resume but as an Adult Intern?”
Gibney heard about the company from a friend and knew they were hiring. She researched a bit and learned about the management team and the mission of the company and some of the open positions. She had been seeking opportunities in the industry yet hadn’t entirely considered this type of position. The more she learned the more she knew she wanted to stake hear claim early in this type of business model. “I’m a bit of a computer nerd and I enjoy seeking out information and new knowledge, so I’m not sure how this career path never struck me before.”
As Unlock Wall Street launches their beta site, Gibney along with their research team is busy making sure every last ounce of information, of which there is an incredible amount on the site, is accurate, up to date and transparent. UnlockWallStreet.com began early last spring as a research project aimed at answering some fundamental questions about a rapidly changing financial industry. Over the course of nearly a year, the project evolved into an information sharing portal with the potential to bring more transparency to Wall Street.
The website allows its users, many of whom are current Wall Street employees, to contribute information from an individual, company and sector level in exchange for access to the comprehensive pool of shared intelligence. The questions being asked, and in turn being collectively answered, range from salaries and hiring practices to reviews of company strategy, business ethics and financial stability. This model, where each user who contributes a piece of the puzzle is shown the entire picture, is showing promise.
The initial research project, and now the website, has compiled information from over thirty-thousand survey responders and contributors. The site now contains a rapidly growing pool of shared information, including over 5,200 financial company profiles, a majority being Hedge Funds, Investment Banks and Private Equity firms; 30,000 individual salary reports, over 10,000 insider company reviews, 10,000 jobs, news articles, and a growing list of announced management moves.
The mission of Unlock Wall Street is quite ambitious – to build a more transparent financial industry through the intelligent organization and management of this shared insight. The website, it’s short history, unique model and rapid growth are compelling, yet the team knows that there is a long way to go.
“We’re excited to bring Beki on board, she brings a fresh look at the project in a lot of ways, and we look forward to watching her grow with our company, as the site continues its success.”