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Goldman Sachs Hired A New CFO — What Does It Mean For You?

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Goldman Sachs’ incoming chief, David Solomon, is shaking things up.

Marty Chavez, the investment banking giant’s CFO until now, is being reassigned to lead the firm’s securities arm.

The move comes in the wake of Chavez facing an unsatisfactory 18-month stint in his latest role, especially one that failed to excite investors and analysts. A former technologist, analysts were of the view that finance was not his forte.

“Marty is not a person who came up through the finance organization. With this, it looks like he’s going back to something that looks like much more of a natural fit,” research analyst Guy Moszkowski said in an interview.

In a memo sent to employees, here’s what Goldman’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein and its incoming boss David Solomon wrote:

We are pleased to announce that John E. Waldron will become the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, effective October 1, and that Stephen M. Scherr will become chief financial officer, effective November 5 following the filing of our third quarter results.

John and Stephen will work closely with David to develop and execute our strategy, grow our client franchise, ensure strong risk and capital management and safeguard our unique culture. Having worked together over the course of their careers at the firm in a number of different businesses, John and Stephen bring the right complement of skills to help lead the firm through their respective roles.

John has played a critical role in sustaining and enhancing our global position in M&A and underwriting since being named co-head of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) in 2014. As a long-tenured leader in IBD, John has helped us to develop many of the firm’s most important client relationships and to drive our global coverage strategy.

John previously served as global head of Investment Banking Services/Client Coverage for IBD. Prior to that, while based in London, he was global co-head of the Financial Sponsors Group from 2007 to 2009. Before that, he co-headed Leveraged Finance from 2005 to 2007 and co-headed the Media and Entertainment Group in IBD from 2002 to 2005. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002.

John serves on the Management Committee, Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee, Firmwide Business Planning Committee, IBD Executive Committee and IBD Client and Business Standards Committee.

Stephen has been chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Bank USA since 2016. He is also head of the Consumer & Commercial Banking Division. In that role, Stephen has led our effort to build a digital consumer business that represents a significant opportunity to serve millions of new customers and meaningful new growth for Goldman Sachs.

He chairs the Goldman Sachs Bank USA Management Committee and serves on the Management Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Firmwide Finance Committee and Firmwide Investment Policy Committee.

Stephen joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 as an associate in the Financial Institutions Group. In 1996, he transferred to Emerging Markets/Capital Markets in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Over the next several years, Stephen held a number of senior roles across the firm, including as chief operating officer for the Investment Banking Division, global head of the Financing Group from 2008 to 2014, head of our Latin American business and the firm’s chief strategy officer from 2014 to 2017. He was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002.

John and Stephen have been exceptional leaders and have distinguished themselves in their commitment to our culture of teamwork and client service. Please join us in congratulating both of them and wishing them continued success.

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How To Launch Your Business In Less Than 30 Days

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Got a great business idea that you think might be the next big thing? Despite the uncertainty and the risks tagged to becoming an entrepreneur, you wouldn’t know until you try. Besides, it takes less than a month to launch a product or service. Here’s how you make that happen.

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Millennials To Gen Z: 5 Ways They Differ In The Workplace

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(Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post by superstar entrepreneur and tech investor Jonathan Schultz.) 

There has been plenty of focus on millennials in the past few years, but it’s now time to redirect our attention to Gen Z. Right now Gen Z is entering the workforce and are ready to become the face of corporate America.

While there are plenty of similarities between Gen Z and Millennials, let’s look at a few ways they differ.

Gen Z is more competitive

Millennials have been said to be collaborative and teamwork focused and want to operate in an environment where they feel included and part of something bigger. Gen Z is said to be more competitive and want to be judged based off of their individual performance.

Gen Z also understands that there is a need for consistent development in skills in order to compete. This generation will do whatever it takes but certainly wants to reap rewards for it.

Gen Z is highly idependent

Gen Z typically likes to work alone and many of them would rather have their own office space as opposed to working in open and collaborative environments. This generation also prefers to manage their own projects, so their unique skill sets can be exposed.

Gen Z does not want to depend on others to get things done.

Gen Z prefers face-to-face communication

Millennials love to communicate via email, text, and anything other than face-to-face. The Gen Z group are huge in-person interactors and prefer it over the less personal email or text.

Millennials have received a lot of “bad press” for being so attached to their phones and Gen Z wants to transition out of that shadow. This generation will want more in-person meetings to discuss projects, etc.

Gen Z knows technology

Gen Z has known nothing other than technology their entire lives. They grew up with Facebook, texting, etc. Millennials still grew up with landlines and dial-up internet.

While Millennials are tech-savvy, Gen Z has been living in a world of smartphones for as long as they can remember. This generations relationship to technology is almost instinctual rather than learned.

Gen Z expects the workplace to conform to their needs

Gen Z wants everything to be catered to their needs. This is why companies have had to re-think the amenities they offer and how they structure their offices in order to meet the needs of this young workforce.

Companies now have to appeal to this younger mindset and have a less cookie-cutter approach to the environment they create for their employees. While millennials also expect the workplace to conform to their needs, for Gen Z, it could mean the difference between accepting a job offer or not.

There are obviously very clear differences between these two generations. Yes, every member of a generation will have their own unique traits and characteristics, but overall you will see that Gen Z is a more independent and technologically-advanced group in comparison to Millennials.

Jonathan Schultz is an entrepreneur, real estate tech investor and influencer. He’s the co-founder of Onyx Equities, a leading private equity real estate firm, and has been voted one of the most powerful people in real estate. Follow Jon’s blog here

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GRAPH: 63 Fintech Startups That Are Targeting Millennials

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Many fintech startups are leveraging existing technologies already popular among young adults such as social networks and mobile messaging.

Project crowdfunding sites GoFundMe and Andreessen Horowitz-backed Tilt, for example, mirror or take advantage of social networks and are largely popular among college audiences. Google Ventures and General Catalyst-backed HelloDigit transfers money directly via text message.

The graphic below breaks down the set of primarily US-based fintech companies appealing to the millennial generation including RobinhoodAcornsWealthfrontEarnest and more. (As we’ve also highlighted separately, startups in the digital banking market have attracted more than $10B since 2010.)

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