Plethora is automating factories and re-training workers

Plethora is automating factories and re-training workers

Plethora, founded by Nick Pinkston, is a startup that automates a lot of the design and quoting process that one needs to go through to make a physical product. This is great, but the work they are doing to both make this a reality and control for the externalities is more interesting and exciting. The company has built a whole training program that allows new hires to get up to speed and acquire sough-after skills in a matter of weeks, not years. We should be encouraging more technologists to be socially and economically aware, not just unabashed proponents without any considering for the side effect. 

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Walmart explores the blockchain for its supply chain

Walmart explores the blockchain for its supply chain

Walmart is working on a pilot program to use the blockchain to track produce across its supply chain. Supply chains are a really interesting use for the blockchain, since the need to verify provenance and authenticity among decentralized actors is exactly what one needs to do to build a successful supply chain. Provenance is the company to watch in this space, which is doing a lot of great work in this area. 

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Amazon looking to manage logistics on mobile devices

Amazon is looking to build or buy an app that allows customers to manage global logistics in just a few taps, all from their mobile devices. Amazon apparently approached Flexport, the fast-growing freight startup, about an acquisition, but Flexport rebuffed the offer. Even so, vastly simplifying the logistics stack—to the point where it's as simple as booking an Uber—will be profound. 

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Welcome to the Cut Ticket

Welcome to the Cut Ticket

The Cut Ticket is a running feed of musings and interesting reads at the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce. There are a lot if fascinating things happening in the space that deserve recognition but might not (yet) warrant a full post. Some threads on here will stand alone while others will evolve into longer posts on the main blog. Sometimes I'll attach commentary and other times I'll let things speak for themselves.

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