Progress Report | #TNYSCM Minimum Viable Launch – Building A Supply Chain Community

Design by: Lisa Morales-Hellebo

The New York Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch November 16, 2017

On November 16, The New York Supply Chain Meetup reached an important milestone – we held our first event.

This blog post will trace how we got here, and share some pictures from our minimum viable launch. We hope you’ll join us in our bid to bring the global supply chain community together, starting with this small step in New York City.

This is the story of how we got here.

On August 23, I arrived at my desk at KEC Ventures and while drinking my cup of coffee, I thought to myself; “I really should go to the supply chain meetup in New York.” I have been thinking about value chains and supply chains since 2014. Evidence of that is documented below;

  1. Why Tech Startups Can Gain Competitive Advantage from Operations – August 2014
  2. Industry Study: Freight Trucking (#Startups) – November 2016
  3. Updates – Industry Study: Freight Trucking (#Startups) – December 2016
  4. Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups) – February 2017
  5. Cargo Drones and Data Swarms: Experts Weigh In on Digital Transformation in Shipping & Maritime – March 2017
  6. Updates – Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups) – June 2017
  7. White Paper | Towards A Supply Chain Operating System – August 2017
  8. #UnderConstruction | Why A Supply Chain Meetup in New York? – September 2017
  9. #UnderConstruction | Towards A MarineTech Innovation Hub in New York City – October 2017
  10. Update #01: White Paper | Towards A Supply Chain Operating System – October 2017

So, on August 23, I ran a query on Meetup.com for a supply chain meetup in NYC. I was surprised to see that there wasn’t one. Without thinking, I took out my credit card and registered The New York Supply Chain Meetup. After realizing what had just happened, I thought “Fuck! Now what?”

I figured I’d take my time and figure out what to do. I wrote a post on my Facebook page, about what I’d done. Thinking, there’s no rush . . . I can let this sit for a while.

Don’t Wait, Just Do it

The following morning I got a message from someone on LinkedIn . . . I am connected to more than 14,000 people on LinkedIn, so one of them sent me a message; Hi Brian! I saw your post in Mattermark Daily, looking forward to it. Great idea!

I panicked; “What? I did not send a submission to Mattermark yesterday. What is he talking about? I should go check.”

As I had started to fear, somehow my Facebook post had been flagged by Mattermark and they’d included it in the roundup of notable posts from venture capitalists.

So, what’s the problem? Well, Mattermark Daily goes out to 100,000 – 150,000 people daily – possibly more, I have not checked the numbers in a while. Basically . . . Tens of thousands of people had now been told that I was going to do this. I couldn’t turn around and say . . . “Ha ha ha . . . Nevermind, I was just kidding.”

So, I called Lisa Morales-Hellebo when I got home on August 24, and asked if she’d help me. I did that because she and I have been talking about supply chains in fashion and retail since May 2016. She knows more about the intersection of supply chain, technology, fashion, and retail than anyone else I know personally, and she’s been working on those issues since 1996. She agreed to become a co-organizer.

Also, on August 24, Brian Lindquist sent me a message through Meetup.com because my friend, Ed Sim, at BoldStart Ventures had told him to come chat with me. Brian has 10+ years of experience in operations / supply chain and spent the past 4 with A.T. Kearney in their Strategic Operations Practice leading COO-level engagements with various F1000 CPG companies. We chatted in person in early September and he too agreed to join me and to become a co-organizer.

Also, on August 24, Allie Felix from Work-Bench reached out to me. They’d seen the Facebook and she wanted to speak with me about how Work-Bench might help me get the meetup off the ground. Given what Work-Bench has accomplished in building The New York Enterprise Technology Meetup . . . I felt that was a good sign. I felt bad about my conversation with Allie a few days later, because I did not yet have any answers . . . I had no clue what was going to happen. But she was very patient and supportive, and told me that Work-bench would be happy to host us once we got going.

Not long after my meeting with Allie, Tina Kang, Daniel James, Paula Cadman-Mendoza, Santosh Sankar, and Joy Fan also agreed to join the team of organizers to try to bring The New York Supply Chain Meetup to life. We met later in September to create a plan and decided we’d have a kick-off on November 16. We then set to work.

Our goals;

  • To create a multidisciplinary community of practice around building 21st Century supply chains and value chains,
  •  To create a forum that brings together big corporations, small and midsize companies, and startup to enable them do business and partner with one-another,
  • To explore the latest research in the area of supply chain, and industrial transformation through digital technologies.

Building on the unique characteristics of New York City, #TNYSCM will become the world’s foremost multi-disciplinary community of practice for individuals and organisations committed to investigating and developing solutions for problems in global supply chain networks at startups, large corporations, academic institutions, and everything in between. A particular area of interest is the use of distributed ledger technologies, and other cutting edge technologies, as a foundation for innovation in supply chain networks.

#TNYSCM | The past ran on supply chains. The present runs on supply chains. The future will run on supply chains. The world is a supply chain.

Below, some stats on our progress so far, and pictures from our minimum viable launch on November 16, 2017 at Work-Bench.

Members: 350

RSVPs for November 16: 214

Attendance (Approx): 150, about 100 stayed till the very end.

Presentations: 7, one presenter could not make it at the last moment, due to an unexpected illness.

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Work-Bench was empty at first, though a few people showed up 30 minutes early, around 5:00 PM.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Before things got hectic – showing off a little bit with John, and Tina.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Esma’s enthusiasm for her new favorite shirt is a good sign. She’s a supply chain engineer.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | It’s time to show our work, and we are happy to do so – Daniel James and I show off for the camera. Daniel works at IHS Markit, and is one of the 8 people who worked to make this possible.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | John Azubuike mans the sign-in desk as Marc Held from Armada arrives. March came from Boston, MA. He was one of the presenters for the evening.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Lisa Morales-Hellebo is the first person I called after I realized there could be no turning back. That was on August 24, 2017.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Hyder is visiting from Dynamo in Chattanooga, TN. Dynamo invests in Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation. He seems suitably impressed so far.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Daniel James, and Tina Kang . . . all members of #TNYSCM leadership team, and all meeting for the first time.
In the background, Ryan Smith, founder of FTSY.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | NIcole Gibbons met Michelle and Kimberly at the sign-in desk and they got to talking about supply chain logistics . . . Michelle and Kimberly work at UPS.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | I manned the sign-in desk all evening, with intermittent help from the other organizers. I wanted to be able to say “Thank you for coming.” to every single person who came to the event.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | #TNYSCM “The world is a supply chain.”
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | This would not have been possible without the leadership team. From R – L; Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Tina Kang, Daniel James, Santosh Sankar, Paula Cadman-Mendoza, Brian Lindquist, Brian Laung Aoaeh, and John Azubuike – my teammate from KEC Ventures who gave us a hand for the launch. Joy Fan could not make it.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Lisa Morales-Hellebo, our MC for the night.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Allie Felix and the rest of the crew at Work-Bench believed in the idea of #TNYSCM even before I had a clear idea what it should be. I can’t thank them enough.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Veronika Harbick from Thursday Finest got the ball rolling for this showcase. Thursday Finest does custom and on-demand 3D knitting.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Fauad Shariff from CoLoadX talks about building the digital platform for ocean logistics – a massive undertaking in a massive market.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

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

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Marleen Vogelaar from Ziel talks about digital fabrication, and on-demand, environmentally responsible clothing manufacturing.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Rodney Manzo from Anvyl explains what Anvyl is doing to remove friction in supply chain so that anyone can make products.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Marc Held from Armada talks about bringing true global transparency to supply chain with intelligent visibility and predictive analytics.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Benita Singh from Le Souk talks about building a platform that enables designers to search, sample, and source quality materials direct from original suppliers.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Suuchi Ramesh from Suuchi, Inc. talks about building and scaling the apparel manufacturing supply chain of the future.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

 

The New York #SupplyChain Meetup #01 – The Minimum Viable Launch | Lisa, our MC for the night, wraps things up.
Photo Credit: Andrew Williams (@aswilliams73)

Some of the comments since the event;

Fauad Shariff, co-founder & ceo of CoLoadX says;

Once again, great job pulling together the meetup last night Brian & Lisa.  The turnout exceeded expectations, and I’m sure at least a few customer and biz dev relationships came out of it for us and some of the other companies. I also wound up connecting with some folks from the industry whom I hadn’t seen in a while, or only knew of from social media. Looking forward to more chances to get together with the community.

Esma Hamandi, a supply chain engineer who recently moved to NYC says;
I moved here to NYC recently and I didn’t know where or how to connect with people in the same professional field as me until you let it happen.

This would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors;

  • Work-Bench – believed in what this could become even before it was clear that there is a need for a community like this. They offered us use of their space for free.
  • CustomInk – Gave us a steep discount on t-shirts and hoodies. Use the discount code: TNYSCMCI for your own orders from their website. You’ll get 10% off for orders of 6 or more items.
  • UPS – is helping us cover the cost of food and refreshments.

We’re in the process of gathering data to help us plan for 2018. We should have a tentative plan before the end of 2017. We hope you’ll join us.

Update #1: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 18:54 EST.

  • Minor edit – punctuation mark.
  • Add #TNYSCM Header image.

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