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1859 Cloud’s outlook is simple—“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.”

The collaborative organisation attracts and selects a private club of finance professionals, builds an idea-based meritocracy based on their economic forecasts, and brings the most universally supported ideas to an investor-focused fund.

Given its low cost base compared to traditional funds, 1859 Cloud has the capital to redistribute a large share of the difference to charities. Who said FinTechs can’t have a soul?

Crowdsourcing and investment strategy join forces


Marmelab—a subsidiary of PALO IT—was approached to build both the front-end and back-end of 1859 Cloud’s platform. The directive? A slick app to facilitate high-level financial insight and straightforward communication.

As a FinTech platform offering investment advice to customers who are already very careful with their money, legal regulations were stringent and expectations were high. 

For our development team this meant delivering a super-stable product every two weeks, undergoing more thorough backlog grooming, formal acceptance tests, longer qualification times, and delivering a top-shelf UI for even the first release.

Marmelab—a subsidiary of PALO IT


The final digital product is typical of our work (full-stack Javascript, lean in nature and sporting an API-centric architecture), but also very unique. The PALO IT team took the wheel for 3 years to ensure the platform surpassed benchmarks and developed ahead of the curve. When all was said and done, 150,000 lines of code formed the backbone of:

  • A front-end app used by all club members
  • An admin app for the 1859 Cloud staff
  • A RESTful API employed by both the front-end and admin apps

1859 Cloud’s payoff reaches much further than users, as its fund aims to give almost US$1,000,000 in charitable donations over the next year.

“We’re super happy with this project, which is not only innovative, but also challenging, and motivating. It’s a great achievement by the 1859 Cloud and the Marmelab teams, and we’re looking forward to making the word a better place thanks to the wisdom of Charles Darwin!”



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