DropShip Commerce, a cloud-based platform that automates the exchange of drop-shipping data between retailers and suppliers, in March 2015 announced the release of dsco.io, an open platform that retailers, brands and distributors can plug into to create, manage and automate their virtual supply chain partners. The platform helps streamline operations using the distributed supply chain. In spite of Internet driven commerce evolution (virtualization, connectivity, ecommerce, omnichannel, etc), inventory distortion is a $1.75T problem for retailers and suppliers—and it’s growing. In 1998, and not knowing any better, I dove headlong into this problem with a simple idea for an online ski swap that turned into my first startup GearTrade, an online marketplace for outdoor retailers to more successfully liquidate their overstocked inventory. As ecommerce began pushing changes into the supply chain, GearTrade’s customers asked for help with drop shipping. As a result, in 2002 startup #2 Doba, a product sourcing and drop shipping virtual distributor solution for retailers, was born. Doba grew quickly and reached #23 (Jordan!) on the Inc 500 fastest growing companies list and consolidated over 2,000,000 SKUs from over 1,000 suppliers into its solution. In 2012, we spun Dropship Commerce out of Doba, as startup #3 with a team and the technology to be a drop shipping software and supply integration platform solution for retailers.