Looking through the rear view mirror at Boston Financial, the reflection tells a story of innovation that truly drove change throughout the financial services industry. Starting out as an insightful joint venture between State Street and DST Systems, we grew to become the largest transfer agent in the United States. At Boston Financial, we’re all innovators. We don’t sit idle, satisfied with the status quo. Bound by determination, we’ve continuously introduced new technologies forever altering business as usual. From punch cards and green bar computer sheets, to digital imaging, to social media, our reflection shows the courage and perseverance we’ve endured, evolving from a standard service provider to a trusted business solutions partner.
Hollywood has a similar story of innovators prevailing over the status quo. Technological innovation has pushed the industry from the silent screen, introducing new sound technologies and film formats to amazing digital effects. Hollywood appears as a driving force powering the introduction of new technologies, but behind the scenes, introducing change to a well established multi-billion dollar industry comes with its own set of challenges. Often, new technologies are perceived threats to the industry and it’s up to the innovators to turn those threats into opportunity.
Scott Kirsner is a local journalist, author and blogger covering innovation in New England. He is the author of “Inventing the Movies: Hollywood’s Epic Battle Between Innovation and the Status-Quo, From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs.” He will explore Hollywood’s story in September at our 2013 Client Forum. Scott takes an in-depth look at the motion picture industry over time, and chronicles the technological innovations and perceived threats to the industry. Who doesn’t love a good movie? Scott’s interactive session features movie clips and trivia, and in the end you will see that Hollywood’s story is not unlike our own.
Please join us in Boston at the 2013 Client Forum to see what Hollywood and the financial services industry has in common.