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We are excited to announce that our co-founder and COO, Sukhi Jutla,  has been shortlisted for the prestigious Variety Catherine Awards in the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award!

 

This award recognises women who have ‘done it their way’ by founding and running their own company and have worked to achieve significant results in their chosen field.

 

We are super proud of Sukhi who continues to lead the way as an inspirational role model to many female founders and entrepreneurs and we wish her the best of luck!

 

 
The judging panel will be made up of the following amazing women:
 

  • Paula Radcliffe MBE
  • Lucy Choi – Owner, Lucy Choi London
  • Dr Maggie Semple – Owner, Maggie Semple Limited
  • Suzan Antonowicz – Head of International, Beauty, Fashion and Luxury – ESI Media – The Independent and Evening Standard
  • Kanya King MBE – Founder, MOBO Awards
  • Christina Blacklaws – President, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Lisa Francis – CEO, Barclays Private Bank, UK and Ireland
  • Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General, Institute of Export and International Trade

 

The winner will be announced on Nov 13th at an awards ceremony. You can get your tickets here:

 

https://www.variety.org.uk/events/variety-catherine-awards-2018

 


Good luck Sukhi!

 

Written by MarketOrders

MarketOrders featured as a success story for Mayor of Londons’ Business Growth Programme

 

The Successes #GrowinLDN is a new campaign brought to you by the Business Growth Programme. This campaign was launched to showcase the businesses on the programme who are now successfully growing.

 

We are pleased to announce MarketOrders was featured in this video!

 

Watch the video here which features the CEO and COO of MarketOrders, Ram Krishnna and Sukhi Jutla

 

 

 

About the Business Growth Programme :

 

London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme (BGP) offers impartial advice and support to businesses based in London with between three to 250 employees and turnover of less than £40m looking to grow across London.

 

Launched in July 2017, the programme has gone on to support nearly 400 companies and has already proved an important network for cohort members of the Business Growth Programme to grow their business across London.

 

These exciting startup companies have already expanded their teams, created jobs, strengthened their management talent and teams and raised finance through investment and funding rounds.

 

Key benefits of the programme also include helping companies unlock their business potential by providing strategic solutions including mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities across our London network.

 

 

http://businessgrowth.london

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

 

Why We Need More Women in Blockchain

 

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We at MarketOrders are very excited about the opportunities blockchain creates for e-commerce and gold retailers. We believe the future is blockchain and now is the best time to start learning about it and understanding the new possibilities it opens up.

 

In this post, our co-founder and COO, Sukhi Jutla, who has deep expertise and experience of blockchain technology writes about the incredible achievements women are achieving in the blockchain space and why we need to continue supporting them. 

 

She also shares tips on how to get involved in the blockchain space for beginners and why she believes we should encourage and support more women in this exciting new field.

 

You can read her guest post on Blockchain Asset Review here: 

 

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are the latest innovation in technology. There is a clear excitement about the opportunities blockchain presents and it is nearing a pivotal moment in history. And while this brand-new field is still heavily dominated by men, women are quickly closing in and making big names for themselves.

In fact, the blockchain space is the ideal place for women who want to make a big impact and shape the future of what we call as the advent of ‘the internet of value.’

Since the premise of blockchain is about democratising and giving all participants an equal and transparent playing field, this lends itself as the perfect place for women to make a real and lasting impact on this infant industry.

Blockchain no doubt is here to stay, and even traditional industries reluctant to change such as banking and insurance, are waking up to the fact that they need to pay attention to the changes blockchain can bring about.

While almost every tech sector is heavily dominated by men, women now have an opportunity to enter this dynamic industry and actively contribute to and shape the future of this technology.

 

 

Shaping the Next Era of Change

 

It’s important that women are a part of this movement so they too can shape the next era of change.

The lack of women in blockchain has nothing to do with lack of skill but lack of awareness about the technology and lack of a clear path into the emerging industries related to blockchain. It is important to encourage women to become active in the cryptocurrency space and lead by example.

The blockchain is not just the preserve of the finance industry which is heavily dominated by men. Blockchain can disrupt every industry known to humankind, including those traditionally dominated by women such as education, healthcare, social and other non-government sectors, which is all the more reason for them to get involved.

 

With the potential use cases of blockchain-based products being particularly vast, so are opportunities for women. Many professionals in the industry hold various roles. Although a technical skill-sets are most in demand, women in blockchain can take up various other roles – such as academic, commercial, regulatory, and public relations.

 

The great news is that there is an increasing number of women entering the blockchain space. Already, women are making big waves in blockchain, and leading by example. We must shine a light on their achievements because it can only help to bring more women into this field and show support and encouragement to those already breaking boundaries. Here are some of the notable women in blockchain:

• Toni Lane Casserly, CEO of CoinTelegraph: Toni is co-founder of one the biggest online publications for cryptocurrency

• Galia Benartzi, co-founder and business development of Bancor. Galia is a co-founder for Bancor, a digital token platform, which is one of the most successful initial coin offerings so far.

• Fereshteh Forough, founder and CEO at Code to Inspire: Born as an Afghan refugee in Iran, Fereshteh went on to found Code to Inspire, an after-school program that teaches girls in Afghanistan how to code and aims to decrease the gender gap in computer science fields in Afghanistan.

 

 

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How can we get more women involved in blockchain?

As a female tech-founder working in the blockchain space, I’m often asked how I came into the blockchain space and the answer is simple: I followed my curiosity.

I spent over a decade working in finance and banking where I worked closely with the technology teams. During conversations, I would sometimes hear the word blockchain bandied around which piqued my interest. Fuelled by my curiosity I started to look into this field but only actively jumped in a year ago when I decided I wanted to become a vocal part of this rising industry.

I realized that the absence of female mentors can create a barrier to entry but this should be seen as an opportunity for future female leaders. Many women are unfamiliar with blockchain technology and obtaining technical knowledge about the technology can serve as a challenge, especially when the information is varied and scattered across the internet.

And the only way you can participate and make a difference is to get involved. Here are my tips for getting more involved in blockchain, if you are a beginner.

 

1. Join local meet-ups for blockchain

Being based in London, I am part of multiple ‘Women in Blockchain’ groups where we meet on a monthly basis and share our learning on the latest topics and trends in the blockchain space. Sometimes we invite mentors and speakers to share their experiences to learn from.

2. Attend conferences

There are hundreds of conferences happening globally on blockchain. Spend the day immersing yourself in learning about blockchain, talking to the exhibitors and other attendees. See where your curiosity is piqued and where you would like to learn more.

3. Join a start-up in the blockchain space

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, join a start-up in the blockchain space. This is the best way to get hands-on learning about this technology. You don’t have to be a tech expert but you can still help to build and shape products when you understand the basics of how blockchain works.

4. Attend courses and seminars on blockchain

Similar to attending meet-ups attending workshops on this topic will help to give you deeper insights into how this industry works and to network with other members of the industry.

5. Reach out to mentors and role models

I believe we can all learn from each other so don’t hesitate to reach out to other women working in blockchain and ask for their help. It’s important that women support other women onto the blockchain ladder especially when just starting out. If you are already a working in this space, think about mentoring other women or speak at events to raise the profile of women working in blockchain.

We can collectively help to create an atmosphere and environment which encourages more women to consider careers and opportunities in blockchain in the following ways:

  • Diversity and inclusion: Reaching out and providing opportunities for those who lack it
  • Disruption through education: Bringing blockchain education to different communities
  • Networking opportunities: Bridging information gaps to people with all educational and professional backgrounds

This is an industry where anyone with a great idea can disrupt. The possibilities for women are endless and I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing things women do to supercharge this emerging industry.

 

About the author:

Sukhi Jutla is an IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer and in April 2018 made global headlines when she became the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. 

Why Retailers should be embracing blockchain

 

 
There have been many stories in the press lately about how the high street is dead. But is this really true? Will the high street die…or is it just time for them to embrace blockchain?

 
We at MarketOrders are always keen to bring fresh ideas and new approaches to our customers, the retailers. We help them to keep up to date with the latest technology and help them to embrace the digital world.

We know from our vast experience that the use of technology in brick-and-mortar shops is vital to help drive deeper customer engagement and emotional connections with local retailers and customers. This, in turn, will elevate the customer experience and create an incentive for shopping offline and driving purchase intent.

 
At MarketOrders, we believe the future of retail sits at the intersection of e-commerce and brick and mortar. We call this the converging platform and this is what MarketOrders is doing.

 
The reason why the giants of e-commerce such as  Alibaba, Amazon and eBay are flourishing today is that they embraced technology and its potential from the very beginning.

 
This is critical. Tech cannot be an afterthought or a side dish. Retailers must embrace technology and have a digital strategy present from the very starts.

 
The rise of cryptocurrency

 
As blockchain tech turns 10 years old, it’s becoming a household word among the millennial generation. While the cryptocurrency market is establishing itself in the world of speculative trading, it has not yet been widely accepted as a viable transaction method for goods and services.

 
Undoubtedly, one of the most common questions people ask is, “How can I use my cryptocurrency aside from trading on an exchange?” Marketorders will bring a practical solution for customers to utilize cryptocurrency to buy, sell and reward in exchange for products and services, within the ecosystem of the platform.

 
Cryptocurrency is inspiring entrepreneurs to create startups, millennial generations to have ownership and association with their own currency of choices that they are craving and desire to make better choices in pursuit of their life quest.

 
Marketorders converging platform and its MOT Token [cryptocurrency] can be the lifeline the offline retailers need to transform. MOT will create the ability to transact with an opportunity to experience a smart retail phenomenon in the future of a cashless society. And we are still only at the very beginning in terms of seeing what blockchain technology can accomplish.

 

 

MOTokens [cryptocurrency] envisions and working towards a future where ultimately MOT, the native currency, will be the cryptocurrency of choice for millennials to spend, earn and transact in the digital world.

 
Our fresh and new strategic platform and approach will pave the way for offline retailers to engage with millennial generations in an experiential economy.

 
This will give millennials a direct say to how their community spends and supports the local retail scene.

 
To align the transformation of brick and mortar of the future and millennial thinkers in entering a new market free of centralization and rich with intelligence and innovation. The cryptocurrency may be just what is needed to enter the smart retail space.

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

Creating the future of millennial retail with cryptocurrency

 

While the volatility is positive for speculative investors, it is also causing more hesitancy on the part of consumers to use it as a reliable fiat currency alternative. Unfortunately, the cryptocurrency craze has attracted too many ICO startups whose intentions are focused solely on watching their valuation being pushed to the pinnacle by the speculators. Often, there is no other utility outside of their cryptocurrency merely being a way to inflate their bank accounts.

 

MarketOrders solves the problem and challenges faced by offline retailers in dealing with millennial generations of consumers by creating a tech marketplace for them. Millenials are Smartphone driven and attention deficit and need to be able to access information on demand and on their mobiles.

 

 

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How is MarketOrders solving this challenges?

 

MarketOrders is bringing a Converging platform for offline retailers to future proof it by embracing new technologies using blockchain technology- NOT the least of which is the advent of cryptocurrency.

 

Blockchain invented a trust-less decentralized currency, owned and transacted by entire communities and movements. This could not be accomplished with traditional [fiat] currency in the circulation.

 

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For the first time in the modern history, communities can be served by currencies of choice without geographical boundaries, language, race, and religion restriction.

 

Despite a multifold of possibilities this new technology presents, it is critical that MarketOrders focuses initially on embracing this digital era and the millennial uprising that is causing disruption to offline retailers [brick and mortar].

 

This trend is being driven by a desire to tap into the rise of the experiential economy.

 

This experience became the blueprint for every brick and mortar shops. Digitization brings so much of convenience but customers are still looking for surprises and spontaneity in their shopping experience, which can only be achieved with a physical environment.

 

This actually creates positive tension between convenience and smart shopping with the experiential element to it and bring realization to an entire retail industry that in today’s digital and fast-moving technology world, only remain constant is the change.

 

Therefore, retailers are under pressure to move quickly to implement technology into their business. Retailers are constantly seeking technologies to both bolster customer experience and increase efficiency. To execute this vision of online and in-store experiences powered by technology, retailers need to leverage the critical skill sets of both business leaders and infrastructure and operations professionals, which can be very expensive for small retailers.

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

MarketOrders is Interviewed on Women’s Radio Station: Smart tips on how to raise money for your business

 

 

MarketOrders co-founder & COO, Sukhi Jutla, was invited onto the Women’s Radio Station, the online radio station dedicated to women, to talk about how to raise funds for your business.

 

Sukhi continues to be a thought leader and influential voice for female founders and entrepreneurs and she talks about her journey to create MarketOrders and shares insights on her funding journey to date.

 

Sukhi was joined by female founders, Georgina Wilson-Powell from Pebble Magazine, a stylish take on sustainable living, covering food, fashion, travel and design and Winnie Mak, from One Dear World, who created a collection of multi-cultural dolls.

 

The show will be aired from Monday at 2 am and pm each day and can be listened to here, if you click on the Listen button: http://womensradiostation.com/

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

Why the future of retail sits at the intersection of e-commerce and the physical retail shop?

 

The digitisation of Gold Jewellery Industry on MarketOrders platform becomes location agnostic and open to global gold jewellery industry which can constantly evolve by investing in and building Unique IP that will add value for every participant on the platform.

 

In order to make MarketOrders a strong marketplace for the gold jewellery industry, MarketOrders must continue to invest heavily in machine learning, blockchain technology and data – analytics capabilities to gain and gather intelligence from trade data flow.

 

 

MarketOrders enhances the intersection of e-commerce and physical retail stores. Retailers understand that strong customer engagement can only be achieved by implementing new innovation and new technology. This realization causes retailers to think about the need to innovate. They are constantly seeking to evolve and innovate. To execute this vision of an in-store experience powered by technology, retailers need to leverage the capital-skill set of both infrastructure and operations which can cost them a fortune.

 

Keeping in mind that retailers are prime for fresh ideas and new approaches, MarketOrders platform introduces new technology to retailers to help elevate the customer experience and create an incentive for shopping offline and driving purchase intent by increasing the visibility of demand  by allowing retailers to discover product of relevance, reduce shoppers frustration and help create pleasing experience and increasing chance of customer delight.

 

We believe that the future of retail sits at the intersection of e-commerce and the physical retail shop. MarketOrders will bring and enhance these two experiences into a seamless integrated and complementary approach.

 

 

The ultimate goal of MarketOrders is to help retailers to leverage real-time placement for retail stores which will create a concentrated and consolidated Marketplace with retail-user interface integration with a unique point of buying. This will enable and optimize retail buying to be unique, personalized and enable customisable experiences and pushes retailers to know who is their customer in the rise of the experience economy.

 

Today, the world is entering a new phase of globalization where digital technology is rapidly changing the nature of doing business. MarketOrders platform is adopting the technology to digitize the entire end to end supply chain of the gold jewellery industry in this new world across physical and digital commerce by bringing a centralized hub and digitising it.

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

How MarketOrders is using a three-pronged strategy approach to centralise the gold jewellery industry

 
In the previous post, we touched upon how MarketOrders is using a three-pronged strategy approach. These are centralisation, creating unique IP and e-commerce. In this post, we deep dive into each of these approaches and show why the gold industry needs to adopt a centralised platform.

 
The first strategy as an entry point is to create a centralized platform for the entire Gold Jewellery Industry This will allow retailers visibility and to conduct trade securely. These include discovering new jewellery designs and managing their common audit trail between counterparties on a single platform. In the first instance, MarketOrders platform allows retailers and manufacturers to buy and sell gold jewellery and grow their business.

 
Gold jewellery retailers and manufacturers do not have resources such as expertise and capabilities to digitize their retail shop offerings. This is why its essential to have a digital marketplace. Once retailers get used to trading online, MarketOrders platform can expand quickly to emerging countries and expand the gold jewellery business growth digitally. Global buy, Local sales.

 

 

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The Second pronged strategy of MarketOrders is by creating Unique IP as a value-adding component of the platform. This includes our unique ‘On Demand Order Aggregator’ system via our smart router system and data-driven supply and demand scoring system.

 
This IP will serve as a unique and inimitable differentiator. As the density of the platform increases, developers can create more attractive IP for MarketOrders platform, which will create higher demand and leads to a greater usage of the platform. This will create a virtuous circle.

 
The third pronged strategy is by MarketOrders providing centralization and concentrated digitize commerce for the Gold jewellery industry. It also can leverage its position to allay fears among traders on the platform.

MarketOrders is a non-manufacturer and non-retailer to allay competitive fears among traders who are using MarketOrders Platform.

 
All these three strategies establish  MarketOrders platform as the dominant standard to digitize Gold Jewellery commerce.

 

 

 Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

Congratulations, Sukhi for being shortlisted for WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards

 

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that our co-founder, Sukhi Jutla, has been shortlisted for WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards.

 

They received a record number of entries this year (over 1,200!), with every single category being oversubscribed with amazing nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. 

 

Well done Sukhi on getting through to the shortlist stage and on all your achievements to date, you should be exceptionally proud to make it into the final 10 in your category!

 

Please support Sukhi’s nomination by casting a vote for her which will help to continue to shine the spotlight on #femalefounders from #diverse backgrounds! Just click on the link below:

 

 

 

 
You can read the official PR Release here from WATC:

 

 

PRESS RELEASE 

Embargoed until 8.30AM 14 May 2018

WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards 2018

WeAreTheCity shines the spotlight on 200 remarkable women as part of their Rising Star Awards shortlist

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the shortlist for their 2018 Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Awards, now in their fourth year, are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards, we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. We hope that by raising the profile of our shortlist and winners, we will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.

The 200-strong shortlist showcases remarkable women within the UK from across 20 categories representing different industries/professions. An example of the amazing women shortlisted this year are; Georgia Shiels, Racing Driver, Georgia Shiels Racing; Madeline Pizzoni, Helicopter Pilot, British Army and Krystal Archer, DJ & Social Entrepreneur, SuperFoxx.

The Rising Star awards also include a Company of the Year award, which recognises the achievements of a company who can demonstrate that they are actively supporting and developing their female talent pipeline through initiatives, training, development programmes and/or internal employee relations groups. Shortlisted companies this year are Barclays, J. P. Morgan and Sky.

The awards will continue to celebrate Rising Star Champions, recognising the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline, included in this year’s shortlist are Chris Stylianou, COO, UK & Ireland, Sky and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer and Equality Campaigner.

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Rising Star Awards do not have any age restrictions included within the criteria guidelines. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.

Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd, said “It has been a tumultuous year for gender politics across the world, and programs that nurture the next generation of female talent have never been more important. We at The Times and The Sunday Times are delighted to continue to support the Rising Star Awards to recognise the tremendous work being done by the next generation of leaders across British industry. We would like to wish this years shortlisted individuals the very best of luck.”

The 2018 awards are headline sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times. Category sponsors include an array of leading FTSE 100 companies and industry leaders: 3M, Accenture, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, CMI, CR-UK, EDIT Development, EPAA, Jobbio, JHPR, Kier, Lloyd’s, Lloyds Banking Group, Northern Trust, PedalSure, Royal Navy, Reed Smith, SAGE and Sodexo.

Vanessa Vallely, Founder of WeAreTheCity, said, “The calibre of entries this year has been truly exceptional. I am so excited to meet our shortlisted individuals at NewsUK to celebrate their success. Every one of these women should be extremely proud of their achievements. They are key contributors to their industries and outstanding role models. I wish them the very best of luck in the final round of judging.”

All shortlisted individuals will be invited to celebrate their achievements at an event hosted by NewsUK on 6 June. The 200 women will now face the final judging period and the public vote. The overall top 100 winners will be announced on 18 June 2018.

The winners will then be celebrated on 12 July 2018 at a prestigious evening reception and awards ceremony at NewsUK in London alongside our judges and sponsors.

The public are encouraged to cast their votes of support for our shortlisted nominees via risingstars.wearethecity.com

 

 

@WATC_Updates , Rising Star, Vanessa Vallely

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

Why the Gold industry needs to wake up to the reality of blockchain technology

 
I walked into the newsagent to get some water and nibbles as I was driving a long way to visit one of my customers on the outskirts of London. It should have been an uneventful occurrence to grab a bottle of water when my eyes darted to what I thought was an ATM machine. But this was no ordinary ATM.

 

It said ‘BITCOIN ATM Machine

 

 

 

I instantly looked at the shop owner and he smiled back and said,’ I know what your thinking’ as if he had read my mind!

 

I am a passionate advocate for blockchain technology and recently qualified as an IBM Foundation Blockchain Developer to quench my growing thirst for how this technology suddenly became more mainstream and the ways in which it is already disrupting traditional industries. (see my last post where my co-founder Sukhi Jutla, became the works, first author, to have a book published on the blockchain.

http://s752989504.websitehome.co.uk/get-women-fintech-interview-marketorders-coo-co-founder-sukhi-jutla/

 

I continued to look at the Bitcoin ATM machine as I had heard about their existence but till now thought it was the myth. I didn’t realize people were using cryptocurrency to pay for their water bottles already!

 

Though blockchain tech is relatively new (it’s under a decade old), I am a newcomer to this industry but it’s changing so fast already. I have recently begun to get really inspired and excited about the way this technology can bring about huge changes especially in making things move more efficiently. In the gold industry, this means more transparency in the supply chain process as well as in confirming the origin of products.

 

So thought I was surprised to see my first Bitcoin vending machine, it certainly won’t be the last time I will see it. Perhaps next time, I may even pay for my bottle of water with a cryptocurrency!
 

 Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao