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Sep 23, 2022

“Half a billion dollars for women in Canadian tech. Pretty cool!”

The BetaKit Podcast's monthly AMA episode answers listeners' (tough!) questions about bad news coming from Real Ventures and exciting news coming from BDC, with some Elevate highlights thrown in.

Sponsored by SAAS NORTH (use code BETAKIT20 for an early bird discount).

Sep 16, 2022

“This is the rise and fall of a company that had hundreds of millions of dollars to play with and nothing left to say about it.”

Globe and Mail reporter Josh O'Kane joins to discuss his new book, Sideways: The City Google Couldn't Buy, along with BetaKit senior editor Meagan Simpson.

Sponsored by SAAS NORTH.

Sep 9, 2022

"I’m just concerned about finding tech talent."

Nora Jenkins Townson (Bright + Early) and Meagan Simpson (BetaKit) join to explain why over 350 companies are looking to hire Canadian tech talent in the midst of a downturn.

Sponsored by Linebox.

Sep 2, 2022

"Shopify Pay still uses Stripe and they have some crazy scale."

Immad Akhund (CEO, Mercury) and Jon Fry (CEO, Lendflow) join BetaKit's Douglas Soltys onstage to discuss how startups can embed FinTech into their products, increase revenue, and avoid the hidden icebergs.

Recorded live at Traction Conference 2022.

Sponsored by Linebox and Thinksound.

Aug 28, 2022

“Do you really want to get big fast? You take my money, I’m going to poke you in the eye every day going forward.”

GrowthX CEO and founding partner Andrew Goldner shares how his Valley-founded early-stage VC firm found product-market fit with Canadian accelerators, common misconceptions founders have of the VC business model, and a bunch of go-to-market tips.

Sponsored by Thinksound

Aug 21, 2022

"It's not as broken as other things."

VanHack CEO Ilya Brotzky joins to explain what's causing the 4-6 month waiting period for Canadian tech companies using the Global Talent Stream, and shares a new petition to get the government to make necessary changes.

Sponsored by Thinksound.

Aug 14, 2022

"I represent a different community that has different needs."

Manzil CEO Mohamad Sawwaf explains the cultural, regulatory, and compliance roadblocks that are slowing him from financially serving more than a million Muslims across Canada.

Sponsored by Thinksound.

Aug 7, 2022

"This was the moment that you knew the hangover was about to kick in."

Tech reporter Isabelle Kirkwood joins to walk us through an ecosystem-by-ecosystem breakdown of Canadian tech venture funding in Q2 2022, how it compares to last year, and what it signals for the rest of the year.

Sponsored by Thinksound.

Jul 29, 2022

"That's the pull quote. 'Amber Mac: things are crumbling.'"

Special guest Amber Mac joins to answer listener questions on the award-nominated BetaKit Podcast. Topics include: Shopify's layoffs, Rogers' revenue resiliency following its second outage in the last year, Canada's digital divide and its impact on remote work, and early-stage fundraising tips.

Sponsored by Diuca.

Jul 24, 2022

"When we look at companies today, I'm reminded of what it was like - just how bleak it was - in that summer of 2000. You can play through that as an investor and an entrepreneur."

Mark McQueen, President & Executive Managing Director - CIBC Innovation Banking, compares 2022 with past downturns to track what's changed and remained constant.

Sponsored by Diuca.

Jul 17, 2022

"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.

Originally aired September 30, 2021. Sponsored by Diuca.

Jul 10, 2022

"Other conferences are phoning it in."

Startupfest's Alistair Croll and Olivia Rossi join to explain how Canada's Original Startup Conference has changed in its major return to IRL and the amount of tech they're building to make meeting people easy again.

Sponsored by Diuca.

Jul 1, 2022

"The worst outcome for Rogers is an actual real competitor, which is what we are. They know we're going to bring prices down and they don't want prices to come down."

Globalive co-founder and chairman Anthony Lacavera shares why he was forced to sell Wind Mobile, and explains why it's so hard to repurchase it now as Freedom Mobile as part of the (contested) Rogers / Shaw merger. Welcome to Competitiontown.

Sponsored by Linebox Studio.

 

 

Jun 24, 2022

"So are you saying that Canadian tech is under-appreciated?"

A special Collision edition of our monthly AMA episode, answering listener questions about: the current downturn mood, cool tech we saw at the conference, and the ROI of events for the ecosystem.

Sponsored by Linebox.

Jun 16, 2022

"Everybody I meet keeps asking me 'where's Shopify?'"

Collision's Paddy Cosgrave discusses the conference's second first impression in Toronto, tech downturns, and if Canadian startups can handle the pressure.

Sponsored by RBC.

Jun 12, 2022

“It’s like you’re getting married and writing your prenup and your divorce agreement on the day you get married.”

Elizabeth MacRae (Village Wellth) explains how YouTubers, Boomers, and banks with favourable terms are fuelling an explosion in acquisition entrepreneurship.

Sponsored by RBC.

May 31, 2022

“We have really no programming to teach mentors, it’s all tribal.”

Brice Scheschuk (Wind Mobile, Globalive) discusses the CDL session that gave him imposter syndrome, prompting the launch of MindFrame Connect to improve the craft of mentorship and create more resilient entrepreneurs.

Sponsored by RBC.

Originally aired Nov 8, 2021.

May 24, 2022
"I have to note the huge sigh that was just expressed through Tony's entire being."

RBCx's Anthony Mouchantaf (AKA, Tony Dagger) returns as a special guest to help answer listener-submitted questions about: the potential of no more VCCI funding for Canadian VCs; the bubble-bursting reality currently hitting Canadian tech companies; and whether or not wearables are cool again.

Sponsored by RBC.

May 19, 2022

“The unforeseen consequences of this stuff has ripples throughout society that in the most generous interpretation we didn’t see coming, but can no longer deny.”

Former OneEleven executive director Siri Agrell explains why she believes politicians shouldn't use social media; CCI's Alanna Sokic explains why the Ontario budget is not a budget.

Sponsored by Osler.

May 9, 2022

"That impact that's being felt in the public markets will start to trickle down to the earlier rounds."

Damien Steel, managing partner and head of ventures at OMERS Ventures, takes umbrage with how valuations - or more specifically, the sticker price placed on funding rounds - are paraded in the media.

Sponsored by Osler.

May 3, 2022

"We're very social creatures, so human-to-human connection is ultimately what we're craving even if we are working in a digital-by-design or remote-first environment."

Shawn Hewat, CEO and co-founder of Wavy, joins to discuss burnout and talent churn in the new remote & hybrid world, and how tech companies are trying to manage and measure culture.

Sponsored by Osler and Cisco.

Apr 25, 2022

"Potentially it does have the opportunity to create thousands of jobs here in Canada."

CCI president Ben Bergen and VP Dana O’Born join to tackle the big talent changes that pre-empted #Budget2022, before channelling our inner Paul Wells to investigate the light on details Canadian Innovation and Investment Agency and Canada Growth Fund.

Sponsored by Osler and Cisco.

Apr 18, 2022

"That kind of gives me a brain boner. I get pretty excited."

Changes to the Competition Act are coming. Can a "whole of government" approach break Canada's oligopolies? Policy wonk Vass Bednar joins to read the tea leaves from Budget 2022.

Sponsored by Osler and Cisco.

Apr 14, 2022
“I both love and hate this question.”

BetaKit Associate Editor Meagan Simpson joins for her second AMA episode to answer a complex bunch of listener questions: what did the New York Times get wrong about Toronto tech? Is the Globe anti-competition? What should the banks do with their excess profits? What are the dangers of troll capital?

Sponsored by Osler and Cisco.

Apr 4, 2022

"What’s it like when an app doesn’t just connect you to a doctor… it’s the medicine?"

A4i's Amos Adler and Dr. Sean Kidd join to discuss the difference between telemedicine and digital therapeutics, supporting complex mental health challenges with an app, and the struggles of Canada's healthcare system.

Sponsored by Cisco.

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