"It was a day-by-day gut-check. You close your eyes and jump onto the concrete head first."
SAAS NORTH co-founder David Tyldesley explains how Cube Business Media plans to bring Canada's top SaaS conference back as an in-person event this November.
"There has always been an entrepreneurial side of my brain. I've always been involved in the business."
Juno Award-winning musician and Side Door co-founder Dan Mangan explains his plans to scale an "Airbnb for gigs."
"Trust, and Indigenous impact measurement, and the wellbeing of Indigenous families sit alongside risk and return. In fact, in our fund, sit significantly above risk and return as investment considerations."
Raven Capital Managing Partner Paul Lacerte explains how the firm invests in Indigenous impact entrepreneurs in a culturally safe way.
Sponsored by SAAS NORTH.
"The reality is they have been used to an environment where they can increase fees without increasing value to customers."
The Honourable Colin Deacon, Member of the Senate of Canada, joins for a wide-ranging conversation on open banking, the woeful state of competition in Canada, and its impact on innovation (and consumers).
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"You will capture things that you did not expect to capture."
Felix and Paul of Felix & Paul Studios explain how they pulled off the largest production ever filmed in space, what this means for 5G and VR, and what comes next (hint: it's the metaverse).
"It's not rocket science, it's just hard."
CCI Executive Director Benjamin Bergen joins to walk through the major political parties' tech platforms (and what they're missing) ahead of the federal election.
“We are just scratching the surface.”
Dani Lipkin, Director of Global Business Development at TMX Group, joins to explain why the first half of 2021 is already the best year ever for Canadian tech companies on the TSX, and why it took so long.
"Are you looking for a reprieve from the summer heat or do you want a hot pod summer?"
Co-hosts Douglas Soltys and Rob Kenedi are joined by producer Kattie Laur to answer listener questions about whether the election killed open banking, why TekSavvy's pissed and the CRTC doesn't seem to care, and when it's time to start ignoring Shopify announcements.
“Nothing weird, just bugs.”
HOPE Pet Food co-founder, Kasey Dunn, joins to explain the impact pet diets can have on factory farming and climate change. The solution? Bugs!
"Canada is three telecom companies in a trenchcoat.”
Public Policy expert Vass Bednar joins to discuss the US approach to regulating Big Tech, Canada's 'good enough' competition policy, and why we're so culturally comfortable with oligopolies. Free Matthew Boswell!
Produced with support from TWG.
"There's no bigger board meeting than you staring in the face of death in the hospital. Death has all the leverage."
Boast.AI co-founder and president Lloyed Lobo speaks candidly on what he's learned about the true cost of entrepreneurship after a near-death experience with COVID-19.
Produced with support from TWG.
"I know how to take down the different systems that support a nation-state and make it look like it's somebody else's business."
CybernetIQ founder and CEO Joe Cummins discusses the rise of cyberattacks against critical infrastructure, why that's the case, and Canada's level of preparedness to fend off attacks (spoiler: it's not good).
"I also love shipping product. These guys probably want to kill me most days."
Our Lady Peace frontman and S!NG chief product officer Raine Maida talks NFTs, IP protection, and the future of music creation and ownership. Oh, and why Beeple didn't do the new music video.
"Thirty percent of input costs, every year, are chemical. In no other industry in the world should you have something representing 30 percent of your costs operate at something like an 80-90 percent inefficiency. It's mind-blowing."
Precision.ai CEO Dan McCann joins to explain how his AgTech company is really a Cleantech company, and why well-intentioned federal regulations are preventing farmers from saving tons on herbicide use.
Produced with support from TWG.
"Can we expect that Canadian tech will start paying talent what they're worth?"
Co-hosts Douglas Soltys and Rob Kenedi are joined by producer Kattie Laur to answer listener questions about US companies nabbing Canadian talent; under-the-radar unicorns, what's happening in cleantech and healthtech; and employee mental health.
"This is not just at a federal or provincial level, it's also municipal. The City of Vancouver, in my nine years, hasn't done anything in the tech space."
Launch Ventures CEO Ray Walia and VRARA Vancouver President Dan Burgar join to discuss Vancouver tech: with excitement, optimism, and perhaps a sense of foreboding.
"It's hearing those stories of small business owners literally losing everything overnight... that prompted me to look at ways of leveraging technology to solve this problem for them."
Heirlume co-founder and CEO Julie MacDonell explains the Byzantine process of trademark registration, the potential risks for startups, and the importance of building diverse companies.
"There's an administrative burden to being a public company that I think most private companies don't necessarily appreciate."
Will Shaw, partner and leader of the Toronto Emerging Technology practice group at Fasken, explains the process of going public for Canadian tech companies.
"I am shocked at how fast it's happening... If you're not in early, you're not in."
Matt Golden (Golden Ventures) and Paul Parisi (SVB) join to unpack a bonkers Q1 2021, and what rising numbers across the board might mean for Canadian tech.
"We've seen a lot of restaurants developing virtual brands."
Deliverect's Jerome Laredo and Noah Hayesv explain how restaurants have become digital brands due to the pandemic, and why your favourite restaurant might not even be a restaurant.
"Innovation and biotechnology was the star of the day."
Anne Woods (SVB) and Andrew Casey (BIOTECanada) join to discuss one of Canada's hottest sectors, and the impact of recent biotech commitments in the federal budget.
"We have a solution and they're not paying attention to this. You have zero acknowledgement from this government. Zero."
BookJane CEO and founder Curtis Khan explains why Ontario's vaccine rollout has been so bad, while expressing frustrations over the lack of support from the Ford government.
“Maybe it’s not quite good enough to just be a collision space. Maybe we have to add a new capability to the arsenal.”
Matthew Lombardi, new Managing Director of the new OneEleven, joins to discuss the tech hub’s new focus on talent upskilling, and what it means to run a “collision space” in the midst of Canada’s third wave.