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Mar 17, 2023

"We are in the midst of a new technological payola."

Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida and Senator Colin Deacon join for a frank discussion about Big Tech's leverage over Canadian content as Parliament looks to pass new regulations in Bill C-11 and Bill C-18.

Mar 10, 2023

"Let's be blunt about it: we as a country are extremely good at invention ... we're horrible at innovation."

Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto, walks through the reasons for Canada's failure on innovation, the origins of the CIC, and who he thinks should be its first CEO.

Mar 3, 2023

"There is a special place in hell for investors who intentionally screw over their founders with no empathy for the journey or the challenges that they are going through."

Panache Ventures partner Chris Neumann joins to answer listener questions about his blog writing, the state of Canadian accelerators, and what VCs are talking about.

Sponsored by Invest Ottawa.

Feb 24, 2023

"This whole thing with ChatGPT is just history replaying itself. We need to stop viewing tech and innovation as a veritable silver bullet for all the world's problems and instead understand that it can actually scale inequities at warp speed."

Feminuity co-founder and CEO Dr. Sarah Saska walks through the current relationship between DEI and tech, before tracking the dangers of biased data and bad faith users on generative AI.

Sponsored by ventureLAB and Invest Ottawa.

 
Feb 18, 2023

"The deepfake technology that is part of this new rise of generative AI tools I think will have a very deleterious effect on the current state of cyber defences."

Plurilock CEO Ian Paterson discusses the economics of AI cyber threats and Canada's response with Bill C-26.

Sponsored by ventureLAB and Invest Ottawa.

Feb 10, 2023

"We all want AI to do our jobs for us—the boring parts. What we're doing here is making computers more human-like, and sadly, they're getting all the fun jobs. Because those are the jobs that don't have to be perfect."

Entrepreneur and author Alistair Croll joins to discuss what will become scarce and what will become abundant in the new economy created by generative AI.

Sponsored by International Women's Week.

Feb 3, 2023

"It's not like a light comes down from heaven and says 'now you shall stop your company.' But, man, was it very difficult emotionally."

Entrepreneur and BetaKit Podcast co-host Rob Kenedi explains the process of launching and eventually shuttering his startup, Staid.

Jan 27, 2023

"I honestly feel as though 2023 is going to be one of those years in Canadian tech where companies are going to have to be accountable."

Award-winning Amber Mac returns to the award-nominated BetaKit Podcast for the first AMA episode of 2023, answering listener questions about: mass tech layoffs and CEO departures; VCs killing rounds because LPs can't (won't?) pay up; opportunities for tech growth in Atlantic Canada; and the essential 10 minutes talking ChatGPT and 'Next Big Things'.

Sponsored by Amazon Web Services.

 

 

Jan 20, 2023

"What we're dealing with here is something so profound that the changes it's going to bring are not the kind of thing that the government can alter."

Generative AI could be a wonderful tool. What will be lost in its wake? Canadian novelist, essayist, and cultural commentator Stephen Marche joins to discuss.

Sponsored by AWS.

Jan 14, 2023

"When you have a washout like we just had, you're really left with core fundamental value, and that's what people are building now."

Satraj Bambra, Partner at Round13's Digital Asset Fund, joins for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of Web3, NFTs, cryptocurrency, the blockchain and...Roblox?

Sponsored by AWS.

Jan 7, 2023

"The very heart of the bill, and the heart of the law, you wouldn't know what exactly it's applying to."

Data governance and AI risk management expert Carole Piovesan joins to discuss the future of AI regulation, privacy, and Bill C-27 before it hits committee.

Sponsored by AWS.

Dec 30, 2022

“We’re at a different place technologically than we were a week ago. Digesting that and figuring out the ramifications I think is a tall order.”

RBCx's Anthony Mouchantaf (AKA, Tony Dagger) returns one last time in 2022 to help answer listener-submitted questions about: chatGPT, the impact of self-certified investor pilots, work-from-home, and more.

Sponsored by AWS.

Dec 23, 2022

“FTX and its collapse is just the icing on the shitty cake that has been crypto this year.”

BetaKit's Meagan Simpson and Josh Scott join to unpack the year in tech and offer a few predictions as to what might come in 2023.

Sponsored by AWS.

Dec 16, 2022

“There was kind of an ‘aha’ moment last May. And it triggered a conversation that I believe was really frank on both sides.”

CVCA CEO Kim Furlong joins to discuss the comments she made in May about the future of VCCI, the potential renewal of that program, selling its value to policymakers, and what Canadian venture will look like in 2023.

Sponsored by AWS.

Dec 9, 2022

“If this is the environment we’re in today, what should we do?”

Aleeza Hashmi (Bessemer), Michelle Yu (Georgian), and Laura Lenz (OMERS) join BetaKit senior editor Meagan Simpson for a conversation about why the beginning of 2023 will be just as hard for startups to fundraise in. Recorded live at SAAS NORTH on the BetaKit Keynote Stage.

Sponsored by Caravel Law.

Dec 2, 2022

"If we take a look at some of the salaries we were seeing, it was probably four engineers and our entire round was gone."

Eva Lau (Two Small Fish), Shawn Hewat (Wavy), and Kathleen Chan (Calico) discuss what it was like to raise a seed round in 2021 and what changed in 2022 so founders are ready for 2023. Recorded live at SAAS NORTH on the BetaKit Keynote Stage.

Sponsored by Caravel Law.

Nov 25, 2022

"There was a bit of ego raising." "I think it has been a disaster." "I read BetaKit for the truth."

Canadian tech luminaries try to make sense of a crazy year in this compilation of interviews recorded live at SAAS NORTH.

Featuring: Laura Lenz (OMERS Ventures), Leo Lax (L-SPARK), Louis Têtu (Coveo), Ria Bhavnani (Shopify), Peter Housley (Unbounce), Natalie Archibald (Clio), and Sean Silcoff (Globe & Mail).

Sponsored by Caravel Law.

Nov 18, 2022

"Are we willing to let companies die in Canadian tech?" "Yes."

VC Matt Roberts joins for a special episode of the BetaKit Podcast recorded live at SAAS NORTH, answering attendee and speaker questions about the impacts of the current tech downturn, the FTX clustercuss, and Canada's next BlackBerry.

Sponsored by Caravel Law.

Nov 10, 2022

"If any AI startup comes to you and says, 'we found how to evaluate truth,' you should hold a reasonable doubt. I don't think we're close to this."

Ex-Googler and former Element AI co-founder Philippe Beaudoin joins to explain why the internet is broken and pitch his new company, Waverly, which hopes to fix it. We hold his feet to the fire.

Sponsored by Caravel Law.

Oct 29, 2022

"If Canadian VCs weren't allowed to talk to journalists anonymously, they would never say anything."

The BetaKit Podcast's monthly AMA episode answers listener questions about what the future holds for Shopify, Wealthsimple, venture funding, and tech in the 2020s.

Oct 21, 2022

"One of the things that's funniest in tech is the complete and utter lack of self-awareness."

Comedian and podcaster Alexis Gay joins to share her transition from working in tech to creating content that perfectly articulates the absurdities of working in tech.

Sponsored by HardTech, Canada’s biggest hardware event, taking place November 9th.

Oct 14, 2022

"I think it's hard to beat the optimist out of a VC."

The Globe and Mail's Sean Silcoff joins to discuss whether or not the Canadian tech boom is fizzling out. Public policy expert Vass Bednar joins to discuss which Canadian companies are quietly adopting and emulating big-tech strategies to their benefit.

Sponsored by HardTech, Canada’s biggest hardware event, taking place November 9th.

Oct 7, 2022

"There's a direct relationship between the mental health of the entrepreneur and the performance of the company."

Econa founder Dr. Michael Freeman returns to discuss how the current tech winter is impacting founder mental health, and how that is impacting company performance.

Sponsored by GSoft and SAAS NORTH.

Sep 30, 2022

"Essentially, Amazon has failed to make this company profitable. It doesn’t make money."

Streamer, YouTuber, and Novo CEO Devin Nash joins to explain the myriad ways Amazon's experiment with Twitch is failing to make money or anyone happy.

Sponsored by GSoft and SAAS NORTH.

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).

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