2 Brothers
1 Idea
Lots of data.

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As told in "Beyond Transparency"


BrightScope is a financial information and technology company that brings transparency to opaque markets. BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors.

Retirement Plans

BrightScope is the leading independent provider of retirement plan ratings and investment analytics to participants, plan sponsors, asset managers, and advisors in all 50 states.

Wealth Management

BrightScope built the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors in the US. We help investors find a financial advisor and complete their due diligence.

Our History

Highlights from the past few years

The BrightScope Team

We started out a small team as most disruptive start-ups do, but have since grown to over 90 employees. The BrightScope team remains nimble, hungry and dedicated to bringing transparency to the financial services marketplace.

Hours Volunteered
Craft beer drinkers
Open source contributors
Brightscope newborns
Wellness champions
401(k) Plan participants

Our Wellness Program

A healthy team is a successful team, and at BrightScope we take our health seriously.

Each employee has the opportunity to particpate in our Wellness Program and earn points and health insurance premium discounts as incentives to stay healthy. Afterall, a healthy body means a healthy mind, which equals top-notch employees and great service!

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In the News

  • Apr 28, 2015
    The free market system may have wrought its magic in allocating talent, according to Mike Alfred, co-founder of BrightScope Inc., the 401(k) plan tracker in La Jolla, Calif. “All three are legends with Charlie Nelson, Ed Murphy and Bob Reynolds. Ed Murphy and Bob Reynolds have been close for awhile. Culturally, there’s a big difference between the old Great-West and the East Coast asset management firm with Fidelity pedigree that Ed and Bob have. It seemed to me that there was a lot of fire power in one place. Charlie is used to calling the shots and he’ll do that again.”
  • Apr 24, 2015
    The nine actively managed stock funds are listed in order of their 401(k) assets, starting with the fund with the most assets, based on data from BrightScope, a consulting firm that rates and ranks retirement plans. Have a look.
  • Apr 14, 2015
    Choose the right Twitter handle. It is important when setting up your Twitter account that you choose the right handle. Using your name or company name is typically the best route, as is evidenced by the majority of advisers on Brightscope's list of the “Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors.” However, some advisers opt to choose a handle that is a bit more catchy or memorable (such as Josh Brown's @ReformedBroker).

Giving Back

Volunteering within our community is an important facet of our mission.

Feeding America San Diego is committed to solving hunger in our community and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition, and poverty. We fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 56,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.

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