Imagine there’s no paper in world trade – it’s easy if you try Tradeshift

Trade documentation and trade finance are notoriously fragmented, manual and poorly digitised. So it is not surprising that Tradeshift, a San Francisco headquartered supply chain digitisation company, has expanded rapidly since its origins in Copenhagen in 2010. As it solved one set of data flows it grew naturally into the adjacent areas and is now a multi-faceted provider of a B2B marketplace, a transaction management platform, and a provider of both payments services and financing. Its ambition is to encompass companies of all sizes, everywhere, bringing all the work of the world on to an efficiently connected digital network. Dominic Hobson spoke to co-founder Gert Sylvest about the inspirational effects of blockchain on the shape of the business and the blurring of the lines between flows of data and flows of value.