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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

Jan 21, 2018

This week on CanCon: why the world's biggest tech companies were all about voice at CES, why you shouldn't download Google's art-selfie app, and why YouTube is no longer the platform for content creators.

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

Jan 13, 2018

In celebration of our 100th episode, CanCon presents some of our best conversations on Canadian tech and tech from a Canadian perspective.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "No Culture" by Mother Mother

Dec 24, 2017

Matt Braga (CBC), Gerrit De Vynck (Bloomberg), Josh Zweig (LiveCA), Julia Kassam (NEO), Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale(Raw Signal Group) join to look back on 2017 and answer the question we asked at the beginning of the year: does tech make things better?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Summers Over Interlude / Hotline Bling" by Drake

Dec 17, 2017

Experts Jim Orlando (OMERS Ventures), Julia Kassam (NEO Exchange), and Matt Roberts (ScaleUP Ventures) break down all things cryptocurrency - with a healthy dose of Dogecoin and CryptoKitties.

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

Dec 10, 2017

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays it on the line for net neutrality. Plus, get into the holiday spirit of giving with some tech for good suggestions from the Upside Foundation.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Lay It On The Line" by Triumph

Dec 3, 2017

Now a billionaire (again), Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke is Canada's tech poster child. Can he handle the heat of the spotlight? Plus: The makers of Pokémon Go are working on a Harry Potter AR game and smartphone unlocking is now free in Canada.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "If I Had $1000000" by Barenaked Ladies

Nov 25, 2017

Startup bro entitlement almost derails 'Quiz Daddy' and the popular new trivia game he hosts. Plus: the solution to Canada's STEM hiring problem is here, if we solve some other problems first.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Don't Let it Stop You" by Ascot Royals

Nov 18, 2017

The team rolls through oodles of new Amazon tech launches in Canada, plus the new Ecobee4 smart thermostat, before discussing the recent Canadian-led petition against Killer AI.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "No Hands" by Attica Riots

Nov 12, 2017

The team takes turns at Animoji Karaoke to evaluate if Apple has a new communication tool on its hands or just another fad. Plus: why tech companies want to keep you addicted.

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Crazy For You" by Hedley

Nov 3, 2017

This week, Stefan Palios joins to talk about his Great Canadian Tech Experiment.

We also tally up the numbers around US tech companies lobbying the Canadian government. How much is too much? Is Canadian tech paying attention?

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Constant Craving" by K.D. Lang

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