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Nov 23, 2020

"It's just a series of faceplants, misfires, and nothingburgers."

Jim Balsillie and Dan Breznitz give Canada a failing grade on innovation policy. So how does COVID-19 present new opportunities for Canadian companies?

Audio used with permission from a recent panel conversation hosted by the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (full remarks here). Moderated by BetaKit Associate Editor Meagan Simpson.

Sponsored by the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

Nov 16, 2020

"They're not even saying, 'we're no longer shooting'. My customers are going out of business. They're asking for refunds."

Set Scouter CEO and founder Alex Kolodkin shares how his company responded when one side of its two-sided marketplace disappeared overnight.

Sponsored by the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

Nov 9, 2020

"We called it Canada's lost tech IPO boom."

The Globe and Mail technology reporter Sean Silcoff wrote at the beginning of the year that "private is the new public." We invited him on the podcast to explain how 2020 turned into the year of the Canadian tech IPO.

Sponsored by the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

Nov 5, 2020

"Startups have to move fast for survival, but larger corporations have to move fast for survival as well these days."

Whitney Sales, sales mentor and GP at SaaS accelerator Acceleprise, joins to explain how the spring sales freeze thawed in late summer, and what startups can do now to get ready for the new year.

Sponsored by Cisco Designed. Produced with support from TWG.

Oct 30, 2020

"We're very keen to create this global standard for FinTech companies."

Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, joins to discuss his recently completed trade mission to convince Canadian investors and startups that the UK is open for business. Black Swan evaluates the sales pitch.

Sponsored by Cisco Designed. Produced with support from TWG.

Oct 19, 2020

"You're seeing folks from Brazil, India, China really consider Canada as an option."

The US has suspended the H1B visa allowing high-skilled tech workers to enter the country. What does Canada have to lure foreign tech talent here? Billboards and the Global Skills Strategy.

Benjamin Bergen, Executive Director, Council of Canadian Innovators, joins to explain.

Sponsored by Cisco Designed. Produced with support from TWG.

Oct 12, 2020

"UP is back! Ish."

Leaders from Symend, Vendasta, Bold Commerce, and 54e Dev Studios join in a discussion on hiring, onboarding, and scaling culture pre- and mid-pandemic. Recorded at UPish 2020.

Sponsored by Cisco Designed. Produced with support from TWG.

Sep 28, 2020

"Did we vet these questions?"

Black Swan producer Kattie Laur joins the gang to help answer some incredibly detailed listener questions about the recent Throne Speech, cleantech investing, and what Hootsuite doesn't understand about 2020.

Sponsored by the A.I. Meets World podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

Sep 23, 2020

“Within the span of a week or two, it went from ‘I’m prepping for demo day’ to ‘holy shit, go raise whatever you can.'"

Lilia founder and CEO Alyssa Atkins explains how her Y Combinator experience changed due to the pandemic, and provides advice for entrepreneurs now facing remote accelerators.

Produced with support from TWG.

Sep 9, 2020

"If students don't go to university, we don't have a business."

Mike Silagadze, co-founder and CEO of Canadian EdTech startup Top Hat, joins for a candid conversation on the state of post-secondary education in North America while explaining how his company went from massive fundraise to pandemic pivot in a few short months.

Produced with support from TWG.

Aug 31, 2020

"The market's been weird. It's hot for some."

Ameet Shah, partner at Golden Ventures, joins to discuss rising dealflow, shifting round focus, and increasing interest from US VC's in the Canadian tech ecosystem.

Produced with support from TWG.

Aug 24, 2020

"Teachers across the board are anxious."

Peekapak co-founder and CEO, Ami Shah, joins to explain how startups are supporting back to school this fall.

Produced with support from TWG.

Aug 17, 2020

"There's this asterisk attached to everybody's answers right now, because they reserve the right to revise them all in a week."

Raw Signal Group returns to discuss the evolving problems tech companies face as March's urgency became timeless uncertainty.

Produced with support from TWG.

Aug 10, 2020

"Not only was there no time to prepare, we don't even know what are the consequences now of not being compliant."

Luke Vigeant (Inkblot Therapy) and Brett Belchetz (Maple) join to share how their telehealth startups have changed before and after COVID-19.

Produced with support from TWG.

This episode originally aired May 2nd, 2020.

Aug 3, 2020

“I think the onus is on event organizers to figure out how to make themselves relevant to the community. For every event company, there is going to be an element of reinvention.”

Rebecca Croll, Director of Content for Startupfest, joins to discuss cancelling the festival before quickly refactoring as a ‘hybrid’ event. We also asked her how an event known for its local character captures that magic in a new digital world.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jul 27, 2020

"We want to be bold, we want to think big, but we want to be flexible and nimble as well."

BetaKit speaks with Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, about the federal government's COVID-19 response plan for Canadian tech: what worked, what didn't, and what comes next.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jul 20, 2020

"I get here at seven, I leave here at 11 or midnight. I've been doing that for the last 40 days and I wouldn't rather be doing anything else."

Jeremy Hedges, President of InkSmith and CEO of The Canadian Shield, joins to discuss pivoting one business to produce PPE, and launching another to deliver 10 million units to the federal government.

Produced with support from TWG.

This episode originally aired May 6, 2020.

Jul 13, 2020

"We're not a business that a lot of Canadian VCs found sexy."

Willful CEO Erin Bury, who longtime listeners might remember as a regular guest on BetaKit’s CanCon podcast, joins to explain what COVID-19 has made easier, and more difficult, for a business built to grapple with death.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jun 28, 2020

"Wubba lubba dub dub!"

To ease you into the holiday break, Black Swan producer Kattie Laur joins to help answer listener-submitted questions. Put your feet up, grab a cold beverage, and enjoy.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jun 22, 2020

"We were witnessing the rapid decline of job opportunities available in the country, and also watching companies start to lay off employees en masse."

Marianne Bulger, founder and CEO of Prospect, joins to discuss how The Help List went from a community-driven Google Sheet to a realtime database tracking COVID-19's impact on Canadian tech talent.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jun 14, 2020

"Canadian investors don't back Black women-led startups. Let's talk about that."

Amoye Henry (Pitch Better) and Danielle Graham (Sandpiper Ventures) join to discuss the underlying social problems that prompted Amoye's BetaKit op-ed "The horrifying truth about being a Black woman founder in Canada" and potential solutions.

Produced with support from TWG.

Jun 8, 2020

"It's sad in the sense that we're dealing with this in 2020. But at the same time, it's pretty amazing that I'm able to be part of something like this."

Canadian transplant Idil Omar (Uber) joins from SF to share her perspective on the Valley's response to COVID-19 and remote work, ongoing civil unrest, the racism she has faced in the US, and how it compares to the racism she faced in Canada.

Produced with support from TWG.

 

 

Jun 1, 2020

“Instead of crying, I started laughing.”

Jordan Dutchak (Uniting the Prairies) on what it's like to pull the plug on your community-built event. Lisa Zarzeczny (Elevate) on planning for something that might not happen, and recreating a global event for local screens.

Produced with support from TWG.

May 25, 2020

"How do we not lose the last decade of investment into the ecosystem?"

Terry Rock (CEO, Platform Calgary) and Chris Rickett (Director, COVID-19 Business Mitigation and Recovery, City of Toronto) join to share how they're working to keep their tech ecosystems together.

Produced with support from TWG.

May 6, 2020

"I get here at seven, I leave here at 11 or midnight. I've been doing that for the last 40 days and I wouldn't rather be doing anything else."

Jeremy Hedges, President of InkSmith and CEO of The Canadian Shield, joins to discuss pivoting one business to produce PPE, and launching another to deliver 10 million units to the federal government.

Produced with support from TWG.

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