#CountDown: 10 Days to The New York Supply Chain Meetup #02

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 — The Minimum Viable Launch
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

We’re now about two weeks from The New York Supply Chain Meetup’s second event. The purpose of this post is to outline our plans for that event, and preview what we expect to do over the course of the first six months of 2018 . . . We’re still in the early days of building this community, so much of this is subject to change, especially as we go through the process of recruiting sponsors.

Our Mission

To nurture and grow the world’s foremost multidisciplinary community of people devoted to building the supply chain networks of the future -starting in NYC.

Become a sponsor. Email me at: brian@tnyscm.com for more details about our vision, and the team that’s working behind the scenes to build this community.

Logistical Details: #TNYSCM #02

  • Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018.
  • Time: 17:30–20:30
  • Location: SAP America, 10 Hudson Yards, New York, NY.

This event will combine a Keynote Presentation, a Panel Discussion, and a Mini-Showcase. Our MC for this event is Lisa Morales-Hellebo (@lisahellebo), a member of our team of organizers.


  • 17:30–17:55: Pre-event Networking
  • 17:55–18:00 Welcome Remarks
  • 18:00–18:40: Keynote Presentation, Q&A
  • 18:45–19:40: Panel Discussion, Q&A
  • 19:45–20:00: Mini-Showcase, Q&A
  • 20:00–20:30: Post-event Community Announcements and Networking

Preview — Keynote: A Friendly Introduction to Decentralized Economic Systems, Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledgers, Cryptocurrencies, Networked Communities, and Supply Chains.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Michael Zargham (@mZargham). Michael is the founder of BlockScience, a research consultancy that helps legacy business and industry learn about, understand, and interact with the emerging decentralized economic order. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests span decentralized optimization and control, network science, and operations research. BlockScience is an advisor to;

  • Sweetbridge, as it develops blockchain-based economic protocols to transform high-friction global supply chains into more liquid value networks.
  • ODEM.io, a blockchain platform that allows qualified and trusted members of the education industry to create customized curriculum and experiences and offer them directly to the market.
  • Fr8 Network, a set of decentralized applications designed to connect the freight trucking industry’s key stakeholders in order to reduce high costs and increase economic value.

The keynote presentation will last 30 minutes, with 10 minutes of audience Q&A to follow.

Preview — Panel Discussion: What Problems Are Big Companies Trying To Solve With Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technologies?

Building on the keynote presentation, our panelists will explore the problems large supply chain management software vendors and large supply chain logistics providers are trying to solve, with blockchain and other distributed ledger technology, for themselves and for their customers.

Daniel James (@daniel_r_james), a member of The New York Supply Chain Meetup’s team of organizers, will moderate the panel which will last 45 minutes, with 10 minutes for Q&A from the audience.

Our panelists are;

  • Nataliya Stanetsky, manager, IT Application Security, L’Oreal. She is also a co-organizer of Women in Blockchain. Nataliya is passionate about blockchain technologies in various applications including supply chain management, identity management, and financial services. As co-organizer of Women in Blockchain she connects technologists and other professionals to share knowledge and experience about blockchain technology and its applications.
  • Kange Kaneene, director, business development, SAP Ariba, where she focuses on identifying merger and acquisition targets, establishing partnerships, and articulating SAP Ariba’s medium term strategy. During her tenure at SAP she has been in several strategic and operational roles including the office of the President for Global Customer Operations. Prior to SAP Kange was a supply chain consultant at Manhattan Associates. Kange holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. She loves international travel, cooking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.
  • Mahesh Sahasranaman, principal architect, UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
  • Rob Bailey, CEO & Co-founder, MState — a growth lab for enterprise blockchain companies. MState is backed by IBM, Comcast Ventures and Boldstart Ventures and invests in early stage blockchain companies that sell to the enterprise.
  • David Bergonzo, VP, Corporate Strategy for Blockchain/DLT, SAP.

Preview — Mini-Showcase

To wrap things up, we’ll hear from Ryan Robinson, a recent graduate of MIT who is trying to develop a cheaper, decentralized, cloud computing platform through his startup, Conduit.

The mini-showcase will last 7–10 minutes, with 3–5 minutes Q&A from the audience.

Testing — Community Announcements

People who attended the launch on November 16, 2017 say they’d like to hear from other people in the audience, so at this event we plan to test a “Community Announcements” segment before we wrap things up. This is an experiment, so . . . . We’ll see how it goes and iterate based on feedback from the audience.


This event is sponsored by SAP.io.

SAP.io helps innovators inside and outside of SAP build products, find customers, and change industries through;

  • The SAP.io Fund, a $35 million early stage fund that invests in startups that can leverage SAP’s data, APIs, and technologies to create value for their customers, and
  • SAP.io Foundries, in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv.

Preview — The Next 6 Months

Here is what the team of organizers is working on, between now and June.

  • February: A workshop focused on the tactics that non-sales business-to-business startup founders can use to go from zero to their first million dollars of sales.
  • March: A showcase of startups applying artificial intelligence to supply chain. Co-hosted with NYC Bots and Artificial Intelligence Meetup.
  • April: A panel discussion and showcase, focused on the issues that have kept blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies in the lab and out of the real world.
  • May: A showcase of startups in Fashion, Apparel, and Retail supply chain.
  • June: A Sourcing 101 workshop for startups building physical products.

Other Upcoming Supply Chain Events

  • TPM2018: TPM, part of IHS Markit is the world’s largest container shipping and logistics conference, 18 years old this year having attracted 2,300 in 2017 representing cargo owners, container carriers, forwarders/3PLs, railroads, ports, marine terminals, equipment lessors and various others. It is one of the three main annual regional container logistics organized by JOC including the Container Trade Europe event in Hamburg and TPM Asia in Shenzhen China. The programs are developed with editorial independence by the JOC team of veteran transportation journalists. I’m attending for the first time this year to moderate the Innovation Jam on Tuesday, March 6.
  • Maritime Global Technologies: Reverse Pitch on March 15, 2018 from 09:30–12:30. MGTIC is an initiative of SUNY Maritime College to build a global maritime technology innovation hub by bringing together all that the New York City metro-region has to offer entrepreneurs building software for the global shipping and maritime logistics market. I’m a member of the advisory board and have previously blogged about it here and here.
  • Transparency18: This is the flagship event series started by the founders of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance. It follows BiTA’s Spring Symposium, a members only event that occurs on May 21, 2018.

About The Author

I am an investment research analyst and a partner at KEC Ventures in New York City, where I assess and invest in early stage technology startups. I am our team’s subject matter specialist on internet infrastructure, supply chain, and transportation services. Before KEC Ventures I worked at Watson Wyatt, UBS AG, Lehman Brothers, and KEC Holdings respectively. I hold a BA with a double major in Mathematics and Physics from Connecticut College, and an MBA with a specialization in Financial Instruments and Markets from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. I am also a charter holding member of CFA Institute.

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Originally published at innovationfootprints.com on January 14, 2018.

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