Seizing the Blockchain Opportunity with MarketOrders

 

On 13th Nov 2018, our COO and co-founder, Sukhi Jutla spoke at the ‘Seizing the Blockchain Opportunity’ event held by London & Partners.

 

The sold-out event bought together professionals working in the blockchain space and those wanting to learn more about the real-life use cases of blockchain and where the opportunities are.

 

We are on the cusp of a blockchain revolution. The last year alone has seen major corporates gain interest in the distributed ledger technology, and an increasing number of companies are starting and scaling rapidly in the space.

 

The event saw three panel discussions, outlined below, and welcomed speakers from early-stage start-ups all the way to major corporations in the blockchain industry, to discuss the reality of the space, its major challenges and the greatest opportunities for applying this emerging technology.

 

 From L-R: Simone Maini, Abel Tedros, Anna Mostyn Williams, Sukhi Jutla

Here is a summary of the event with key takeaways

 

Panel 1: Opportunities and Dreaming Big: this panel discussed the major opportunities that are now possible thanks to blockchain technology, from creating a truly global marketplace to financial inclusion for the unbanked, digital identity solutions, supply chain transparency and more.

 

Key takeaways:

  • There are powerful use cases for blockchain that can be used for identification purposes to prevent fraud
  • As use cases on the blockchain increase, there could be issues with scaling
  • Users don’t need to understand the mechanics and technical aspects of the blockchain. Need to get them past that. Just how we use the internet and email without thinking about the technical work that happens underneath, we also need to start embracing blockchain and its benefits
  • We all use the internet and email but not all of us necessarily understand how it works!

 

Panel 2: What Keeps Me Awake At Night: this panel explored the main challenges that blockchain faces today, focusing on blocks such as limited transaction speeds, the energy usage of mining, the lack of regulation in the crypto space, amongst others

 

Key takeaways:

  • Can we truly get to a decentralised model or will we see the rise of centralised entities again in order to scale?
  • We need some level of regulation in order for investors to feel comfortable and confident in investing in ICOs
  • Educating the market and its end users in the possibilities of blockchain are important.
  • Giselle Frederick of Zingr explained how market vendors in Grenada, a small Caribbean island, were hesitant of the idea of using a blockchain enabled payment app until she explained they could use this technology to sell even more products to customers on the other side of the tiny island and be guaranteed payment!
  • Rodney Prescott of PWC talked about scaling, adopting blockchain with regards to the consensus mechanism and the rise of consortium structures.

 

Panel 3: How To Start A Career In Blockchain: attendees heard the personal stories of professionals who entered the space, who shared what led them to blockchain and how it is to work in the industry.

 

Key takeaways:

    • Have a growth mindset and actively learn about blockchain
      attend meetups, reach out to your blockchain role models and learn from them
    • If you can’t join a blockchain start up then create something yourself!
    • Follow key people on social channels and learn from them like Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Lubin,

 

  • Other useful resources shared:

 

http://www.weekinethereum.com/

http://unchainedpodcast.co/

https://www.coindesk.com/

https://twitter.com/aantonop

https://about.me/vitalik_buterin

 

Written by MarketOrders

 

MarketOrders shortlisted for TechWomen100 Awards

 
 
PRESS RELEASE

 
Since August 2018, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor Worldpay, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

 
MarketOrders is thrilled to announce their co-founder and COO, Sukhi Jutla, has made the shortlist.

 
The public vote of support is now open for the 200 individual shortlist nominees. You can vote for Sukhi here: https://bit.ly/2SPeO5o

 
The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent.

 
The shortlist showcases remarkable women within technology sector covering a wide range of roles such as Machine Learning Engineer, Radio Modelling Engineer, Quantitative Analyst, Brexit Programme Manager, Radio Prototyper, and Cyber Security Consultant.

 
The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as Amazon, Apple, EY, Fujitsu, IBM, Kurt Geiger, Lloyds Banking Group, Mastercard, Microsoft, O2 and PwC, alongside founders and entrepreneurs of tech start-ups.

 
Over the nomination period, WeAreTechWomen received over 500 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

 
Vanessa Vallely, Founder of WeAreTechWomen said, “At WeAreTechWomen we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 500 female future leaders in technology by 2022. The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and calibre of entries has been outstanding! I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in December.

 
The TechWomen100 Awards is supported by Worldpay, Accenture, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Dell, Deloitte, NewsUK and Sky.

 

Written by MarketOrders

 

LONDON’S TECH SECTOR PLAYS DOWN BREXIT FEARS

 

 

On Oct 11 2018, MarketOrders attended a roundtable hosted by Business Cloud to discuss the impact of Brexit on the UK tech scene.

 

The event hosted in the capital heard from the heads of fast-growing technology businesses, who remain defiantly optimistic in the face of Brexit uncertainty but admit that recruitment will be a challenge.

 

Our COO, Sukhi Jutla, commented she was optimistic because entrepreneurs are pragmatic and have a ‘can-do’ attitude, they will adapt and survive. This sentiment was echoed by the other entrepreneurs in the room.

 

Read the article below which captures the key points raised and discussed:

 

London’s start-ups will find it more difficult to find and retain technology talent after Brexit – but tech leaders remain upbeat in the face of uncertainty.

 

That was the general view from BusinessCloud’s latest roundtable discussion in the capital, which was held at KPMG’s offices in Canary Wharf and heard from a panel of experts and tech companies.

 

Ben Corrigan is co-founder and chief revenue officer at shopping tool Pouch, which has a team of 11, with the majority being non-UK nationals.

 

The entrepreneur insists that he remains optimistic providing that access to talent isn’t limited following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

 

“If very talented tech people decide not to come to London because they fear that it’s too difficult then we’ll all be fighting over the same talent,” he said.

“We have to make sure we communicate as a city and a country that we are open and tolerant and that we want the best and the brightest and that has to be then followed through with a political solution.”

 

Felicia Meyerowitz, CEO of Akoni Hub, admits there will be “a big bump” but is confident that the UK’s economy is “strong”.

 

She says most of the clients she meets aren’t concerned and all have plans in place.

 

“It’s been fascinating for me watching the play-out of the media and then going out to speaking to clients and asking them questions,” she said.

 

“Of course they have actual work to do but there’s no reflection on what I’m seeing in the media.”

 

You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/londons-tech-sector-plays-down-brexit-fears?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_source=UKFastMailer1172&uuid=

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

MarketOrders COO, Sukhi Jutla, talks about Why Diversity Matters with @FintechChat on 8th Aug 2018 – Do tune in!

 

Why “Diversity Matters” and how can #FinTech build a diverse workforce? Don’t miss our #FinTechChat and join the conversation with Sukhi Jutla, World’s 1st #BlockchainAuthor, next Wednesday, 8th Aug, 10AM. Follow us @FinTech_Chat.

 

 

 

Next week on 8th Aug 2018 at 10am GMT, Sukhi Jutla, MarketOrders co-founder & COO,  will be live on Twitter talking to @FinTechChat on why diversity matters and how #FinTech can build a diverse workforce. They will discuss topics such as:
 

    • Why diversity matters in #FinTech
    • What are the biggest challenges in building a diverse workforce?
    • Why do we need more Women in FinTech?
    • How do we make the FinTech sector more Inclusive and Diverse?

 

…and much more so please do join in the conversation.

 

 

Don’t miss out and ear mark the date and time and join in the conversation. Follow us @FinTech_Chat and see you then!

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

MarketOrders Celebrates Diversity at the London Stock Exchange

 

 

The London Stock Exchange Group welcomed Diversity UK on Monday 11th June 2018 to mark its contribution to improving equality and inclusion in Britain and to mark the publication of the 2018 edition of the #Top100AsianStarsinUKTech #innovation #women #tech #entrepreneurship.

 

 

Our very own Sukhi Jutla, Co-founder and COO of MarketOrders was invited to the LSE to celebrate being listed on the Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech.

 

The date coincided with the launch of London Tech Week 2018 and the 171st birthday of women’s rights campaigner, Millicent Fawcett. 

 

Diversity UK members and guests were welcomed by Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group and senior colleagues from the organisation’s diversity and inclusion team. 

 

Lord Gadhia, who was a judge for Diversity UK’s Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2018 list, gave the keynote address emphasising the importance of diversity and inclusion for Britain.

 

Read more here:

https://diversityuk.org/london-stock-exchange-group-welcomes-diversity-uk/

 

https://www.lseg.com/markets-products-and-services/our-markets/london-stock-exchange/equities-markets/raising-equity-finance/market-open-ceremony/welcome-stories/ondon-stock-exchange-group-welcomes-diversity-uk

 

Sukhi Jutla with Rav Bumbra, Lopa Patel and Farrah Quereshi

 

 

Written by CEO & Founder, Ram Krishnna Rao

 

MarketOrders at the London Blockchain Summit 2018

 

Publica’s Author Advisor, Sukhi Jutla, returned to the Olympia Hall in London, where Publica, earlier this year, attended the London Book Fair, to speak on the panel named “How ICOs are Revolutionising Start-Up Funding” at the London Blockchain Summit on Wednesday, 27th June.

 

 
The conference was attended by over 4000 people with over 100 events over the 2 days. The room where Sukhi spoke was filled to the brim roughly 200 people attended the panel!

 

Sukhi talked on the panel about how ICOs are revolutionising the start up funding scene. Sukhi talked about how authors are now operating as start-ups and can use ICOs as a source of start up-funding support.

 

 

The audience were amazed when Sukhi reminded them that the eBooks they buy from amazon and other stores don’t belong to them – you purchase only the license to read them – you don’t own them. Sukhi emphasised that Publica allows you to own your book and even better — gift copies away and buy multiple copies. Many had no idea authors could do book ICOs and said it would change the publishing landscape.

 

We at MarketOrders are also excited about how blockchain can be used in the gold jewellery market.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding blockchain and MarketOrders!

 

 
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.

 

 

photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/handshake-hands-laptop-monitor-3382503/

 

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

 

How the gold jewellery industry can adopt a centralised platform strategy

 
The gold jewellery industry is a very ancient industry. It is as old as civilisation itself and its one of the few industries which haven’t been revolutionised by the use of technology…until now that is!

 
MarketOrders is on a mission to bring unity and centralisation to this fragmented industry.  And for the gold industry to become digital, they must first be bought into centralisation.

 
To understand this better, let us consider planes and passengers. For example, when there is no airport, just imagine the scenario. Planes land in any available space to land the aircraft and board the passenger and head back to the destination.

 
Now, this situation would cause havoc in the aviation industry. The passenger has to go to any landing space of aircraft NOT knowing which destination the plane will head back to. And this happens because there is no visibility of demand and supply.

 

photo credit:  https://pixabay.com/en/aircraft-landing-reach-injection-513641/

 

Now, apply this scenario of an airport or hub to that of a centralised platform. You now have total visibility of what planes are available and how many passengers want to take a flight. The passengers will have visibility of which aircraft are at which terminals. They will know what time the planes will leave and which destinations they are heading in.

 
The airport concept serves as a centralised mechanism, not just as a centralised infrastructure connecting passengers, planes and destinations but also providing retail offerings such as shops, restaurants and shopping mall experiences.

 
MarketOrders can leverage a similar system by providing a centralised hub for the gold jewellery industry. This would enable multiple participants such as manufacturers and retailers to collaborate in many ways.

 
As an initial adoption of strategy in building the first ever concentrated market via centralization, MarketOrders is using a three-pronged strategy approach. These are centralisation, creating unique IP and e-commerce. In the next blog post, we take a deep dive into this unique approach.

 

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