Main Street Research Meets Wall Street: How Social Networking is Transforming Online Investing

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TradeKing was the first online broker-dealer to embrace social
networking, introducing the TradeKing Community in 2005. Now, with
more than two years under its belt – and 60,000 active traders &
community members – TradeKing demonstrates how social networking is
changing trading, to its own and its clients’ benefit. Tom Desmond will discuss the trading
changes brought by this unprecedented combination of transparency and

Thomas A. Desmond


Tom is the Chief Growth Officer for TradeKing, a top-ranked nationally licensed online broker deal. Prior to joining TradeKing, Tom was a co-founder, Partner and Managing Director of Baird Venture Partners, LLC, a venture capital firm based in Chicago, IL. Prior to Baird Venture Partners, Tom served as a Vice President in Robert W. Baird & Co.’s Investment Banking Group. Tom was also a Senior Product Manager and Senior Analyst at Morningstar, Inc. and an Associate in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s Investment Banking Division. Tom earned an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and MA with high honors from Michigan State University and a BA, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.


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