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Update #01: White Paper | Towards A Supply Chain Operating System

This is an update to: White Paper | Towards A Supply Chain Operating System. This update identifies areas of supply chain technology that will be sufficiently well served by existing relational database management systems, and enterprise resource planning systems. It also outlines areas of supply chain that distributed databases or ledgers are more suited for. […]

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#UnderConstruction | Towards A MarineTech Innovation Hub in New York City

On Friday, October 6, 2017, a small group of about 20 people got together at the American Bureau of Shipping in Manhattan, New York. The group was convened by Christopher Clott, Ph.D. He is the ABS Chair of Marine Transportation and Logistics in the Global Business & Transportation Department at SUNY – Maritime College. The […]

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White Paper | Towards A Supply Chain Operating System

Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of KEC Ventures, or of other members of the KEC Ventures team. Supplying the world with nearly everything is an enormous and complex job: there are things to discuss.  – Rose George (2013-08-13). Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, […]

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Economic Moats – For Early-Stage Tech Startups (Presentation)

This presentation distills the essence of the following blog posts into a presentation format. The target audience is early-stage startup founders, and investors. Economic Moats Blog Post Series Network Effects Switching Costs Intangibles Efficient Scale, and Cost Advantages Connecting The Dots #OpposingViewpoints: Do Economic Moats Happen By Accident?

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How To Make Africa More Innovative And Entrepreneurial

Note: This blog post is a consolidation of a 4-part series I wrote for Tekedia. They were published between June 10, 2012 and July 22, 2012. This version is substantially identical to the originals from which it is compiled, with only non-material updates. My exam is behind me now, and I can turn my attention […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Efficient Scale, Cost Advantages, & Early Stage Technology Startups

This is the fourth post in my series of blog posts on economic moats. I have already written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, and Intangibles. In this post I will discuss how Cost Advantages and Efficient Scale might develop as an early stage startup travels through the discovery phase of its life-cycle. 1Any errors in appropriately […]

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How Studying Bankruptcy And Working On Two Turnaround Assignments Prepared Me To Become An Early Stage Venture Capitalist

  When I started business school at NYU Stern in the fall of 2005 my plan centered on taking every class in Bankruptcy & Reorganization, and Distressed Investing that I could. I took 3 elective classes in that area; Bankruptcy & Reorganization with Prof. Ed Altman, Case Studies in Bankruptcy & Reorganization with Prof. Max […]

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Notes on Strategy; Where Does Disruption Come From?

Marc Andreessen’s brilliant explanation of @claychristensen‘s disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets: pic.twitter.com/3ic1teQbRW — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 24, 2015 Introduction You can imagine my surprise when I was browsing my Twitter feed one night last month and came across one of Marc Andreessen’s tweetstorms. This time he was tweeting about Clayton Christensen’s Theory of […]

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What Is Your Business Model?

“It is a B2B2C business model.” is generally not what I am hoping to hear when I ask “What is your business model?” #BusinessModelGeneration — Brian Laung Aoaeh (@brianlaungaoaeh) February 2, 2015 Invariably, when I am meeting the founder of a startup for the first time to discuss the possibility that KEC Ventures might invest […]

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