I'm looking for a logo and style that reflect the concepts and personality traits described above. The partnership/alignment-of-interests idea is the most important, but the independent-minded angle might be nice too.
I generally prefer logos that aren't TOO literal (no dollar signs, stock charts, shaking hands, etc.).
Stylistically, it needs to be clean and professional looking, but not ultra-conservative. Unique is good, but remember that it's an investment company we're talking about. Credibility is a big deal in this industry.
The logo needs to work with both brand names.
Please do not submit something that is similar to something else out there. Many of my potential clients are very savvy, and it would be embarrassing if they made the connection. This is important for my brand, since part of what I'm trying to convey is that my firm is different from most other investment firms, and if my logo is a near-knock-off, it will reflect poorly on me.
The logo will be used in several different applications (business card, PowerPoint, website, PDF), so it needs to be a file type that is compatible with a range of programs without getting distorted.
If there are enough entries, this will be a guaranteed contest. However, I reserve the right to extend it if need be.
I will do my best to give prompt feedback, and will log in multiple times per day.
Feel free to ask questions!