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Aug 10, 2018

Tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to discuss four types of tech where there is no longer a 'fear of missing out' on the latest and greatest.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Afraid Of Heights" by Billy Talent
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jul 30, 2018

The CanCon team provides its tech summer reading list and recommends a bunch of vacation and travel apps so you can get the most out of you summer.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jul 24, 2018

Patrick explains how Lime and Bird ruined his last trip to SF right before they come to ruin Canadian cities; Erin commits to starting a Google doc and praises the federal government; Sarah Stockdale joins to discuss how Toronto can improve support for women entrepreneurs; Douglas says goodbye to his adopted son.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Know Yourself" by Drake
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jul 17, 2018

Live from Startupfest: Patrick Gagné joins to explain how OSMO and the Québec government plan to build a Communitech in Montréal; Lauren Robinson and Jill Earthy join to parse the recent Female Funders report on the lack of diversity in Canadian venture capital.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Gathering Storm" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jul 5, 2018

Communitech's Chris Plunkett joins to help give shine to the Canadian tech stories we don't often discuss: the great Canadian tech apps that rarely make the headlines; the dearth of Canadian tech reporting; an ecosystem more in love with its own narrative than winning.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Tokyo Summer" by Mounties
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jun 26, 2018

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave shares how the Prime Minister and a former diplomat convinced him to bring Collision to Canada; the team ponders how many lives the CryptoKitties have left; is IGTV the new YouTube for the 'gram generation?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "The Cat Came Back" by Fred Penner
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jun 19, 2018

Patrick returns from E3 and WWDC to talk about the Canadian tech sector that never gets any love from Canadian tech; Erin digs deep into #SportsTwitter PR snafus; Rob is upset at Apple for its lack of innovation. Guest stars: Freelance tech reporters Josh McConnell; the Premier of Bermuda (wait for it).

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I'm upset" by Drake
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jun 12, 2018

This week: 500 Startups is back in Canada - what does that mean for the ecosystem and is everyone cool with Dave McClure still (kinda) being involved? Why did Microsoft buy GitHub? Plus, Erin provides tech PR tips on when not to "have the D."

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Spokane" by The Tourist Company
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jun 4, 2018

CanCon interviews BuzzFeed fake news expert Craig Silverman, and Pando Media founder and CEO Sarah Lacy, at True North 2018.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "O Canada" by Calixa Lavallée (English words by Robert Stanley Weir)
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

May 28, 2018

CanCon's Tech AMA returns, answering the questions: should I unplug my Amazon Echo? How should the government support the Canadian tech ecosystem? Why did the Essential Phone fail? Is wireless charging for real? Will automation replace your job?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Money City Maniacs" by Sloan
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

May 20, 2018

This week: Wavefront goes under, requiring a history lesson on CAIP and government tech funding; Erin lectures on influencer marketing; Matt Roberts of SUV joins to talk with Rob about the 'Canadian Series A round'.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I will remember you" by Sarah McLachlan
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

May 15, 2018

Harley Finkelstein, Shopify's COO, joins to talk about the company's Unite developer conference. Freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to freak out about Google's Duplex AI demo; old curmudgeon David Crow joins to share his optimism for the Canadian tech ecosystem.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Trust Issues" by Drake
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

May 6, 2018

This week: evaluating Facebook's f8 announcements from boring (more video chat!) to creepy (VR dating?); what might happen at the forthcoming Google I/O, including a streamlined roadmap for its messaging mess.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Nice to Luv You" by 54-40
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Apr 30, 2018

Josh McConnell and Repable co-founder Heather Anne Ritchie join for a special episode dedicated to understanding the explosion of video game streaming and the toxic culture that might destroy it.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Hotline Bling" by Drake
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Apr 23, 2018

Snapchat! Spotify! Instagram! We evaluate the recent changes that have users of some of the world's most popular apps up in arms.

Plus: "Keeping Pace with Innovation in Toronto" panel from Ensemble, featuring Amber Mac, Alison Gibbins (RBC), Matt Di Paola (Sid Lee), Richard Wong (#paid), and Douglas Soltys.

Apr 16, 2018

This week: Dot Health's Huda Idrees joins to talk about the lack of diversity in Canadian VC; Bunz's cryptocurrency that isn't; the impact of Collision tech conference coming to Canada.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Car Crash" by Our Lady Peace
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Apr 9, 2018

This week: Rob provides an Apple history lesson that points to where the company is going next with macOS and iOS; we discuss everything Facebook's done wrong when it comes to privacy.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Everything You've Done Wrong" by Sloan
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Apr 3, 2018

This week: Michelle Scarborough joins to explain how BDC is deploying dollars for its Women in Tech fund; George Salamis joins to explain how Canada's mining industry is (slowly) being disrupted by tech innovation.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Undiscovered First" by Feist
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Mar 19, 2018

This week: Theranos lied for years to the press, but now the SEC is arguing it also lied to investors; WeWork and Silicon Valley Bank are two US players staking claims in Canada; why does Siri suck? Plus: it's Rob's birthday!

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Old Man" by Neil Young
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Mar 13, 2018

This week: the federal government earmarked almost $2 billion towards women in tech in the 2018 budget. What if it's not actually for women in tech? Plus, Patrick returns from Mobile World Congress to catch us up on all the latest tech news: the boring (in a good way!) Galaxy S9, 5G's future, creepy Alexa laughing, and the one Apple rumour we hope is true.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Side Tracked" by Born Ruffians
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Mar 5, 2018

For BetaKit Incorporated's second birthday, we bring on a bevy of special guests: iNovia's Sarah Marion on a new VC program to support underrepresented groups in tech; Dell EMC's Matthew Trotter on cloud technology creating a power shift in small business; and Erin Bury dishing dirt on BetaKit's early days.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Long Time Running" by The Tragically Hip
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Feb 20, 2018

This week: does Apple have a quality control problem or is it just too big to fail? As cannabis becomes legal across the country, Canadian tech is stepping up to deliver.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "If It Feels Good Do It" by Sloan
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Feb 13, 2018

This week: #weneedboth men and women working together for greater diversity in tech, but not like this. Plus: porn is on the front lines in the fight for truth on the Internet. No, really!

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Feb 5, 2018

This week: does Shaw's stumble kill chances of a Big Four in Canadian telecom? How will Zuckerberg's guilt cleanse change the 'internet' this time? Why is diversity (for white women) our strength?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Let's Break Up" by Hayden
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

Jan 28, 2018

This week: all the things Bell won't tell us about its (second) hack, why it's important Tim Cook came to Canada, and what we can get from our recent global tech recognition.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "First Person" by Gord Downie
Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

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