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The CanCon Podcast is a weekly podcast covering important Canadian tech news, as well as some global tech topics from a Canadian perspective!
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CanCon Podcast Ep. 67: Is Vancouver Canada's next great tech hub?

1:12:36 | May 16th, 2017

The CanCon podcast heads to Vancouver to talk FinTech, Startup Visa, #Tractionconf, and the city's pitch to Seattle tech. Music clip (under fair dealing): "No Culture" by Mother Mother
2019 Canadian tech predictions | CanCon ep. 139

46:27 | Jan 27th

Patrick provides a recap of his first-ever Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and then the team dives into their 2019 tech predictions. The results may surprise you! Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Kids" by PUP Ad music: "Dreams"...Show More
Why Canadian developers are pissed at Facebook | CanCon ep. 138

58:11 | Jan 6th

Sage Franch (Crescendo) and Rohan Nair (Highline BETA) join to explain why the recent (and continual) Facebook revelations have the two developers so upset - and why they don't know what to do about it. A special conversation about developer ethics e...Show More
Your holiday tech wishlist | CanCon ep. 137

58:26 | Dec 16th, 2018

CanCon provides the top list of tech you should be asking for this holiday season... or giving to others, if that's your thing. Plus: Shopify takes a big slice out of Black Friday as Canadians transition away from Boxing Day shopping. Plus plus: D...Show More
Canadian tech is leaving money on the table | CanCon ep. 136

52:01 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Erin Bury lists the grants Canadian entrepreneurs could and should be using (with some pro tips). ScaleUP Ventures partner Matt Roberts joins to answer the question 'when is it wrong for an investor to ask a company to sell?' following BetaKit's excl...Show More
Why did 500 Canadians fly to Lisbon in November? | CanCon ep. 135

40:54 | Nov 20th, 2018

200 of those Canadians were part of a tech delegation to Web Summit. BetaKit tagged along. Hear from delegates from Jauntin', RBC, and the City of Toronto on why heading to Lisbon was so important, and what it means for Collision in Canada in 2019. ...Show More
Is wearable tech back? | CanCon ep. 134

1:15:52 | Nov 12th, 2018

Two Canadian wearable tech companies - InteraXon and Thalmic/North - have survived the tech hype cycle to release new products. Wearables expert Tom Emrich joins to explain why hardware startups are the hardest startups. Canadian Content music cli...Show More
Can Canada compete globally in food tech? | CanCon ep. 133

45:48 | Oct 29th, 2018

HelloFresh has acquired Chefs Plate. Ritual has raised the cash to go big-time. Can Canada compete at food tech? Urbery founder Mudit Rawat joins to answer the question. Plus: our favourite food apps! Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealin...Show More
Is Canada fine with being the world's tech branch plant? | CanCon ep. 132

47:44 | Oct 15th, 2018

USMCA is the new NAFTA, raising old concerns about Canadian tech as a 'branch plant' economy. Why is everyone angrily yelling in The Globe and Mail? We provide three reasons (no, it's not all about IP). Canadian Content music clip (under fair deal...Show More
Is your tech company slowly killing you? | CanCon ep. 131

49:09 | Sep 26th, 2018

Why everyone listening to this podcast should read James Wallace's story about how running his tech company almost killed him. Tech reporter Josh McConnell also joins to explain why people keep referencing our FOMO episode after Apple's new phone ann...Show More
Why smart cities need HEART | CanCon ep. 130

46:15 | Sep 17th, 2018

Futurist Nikolas Badminton joins to explain the elements required in the smart cities of the future, while evaluating the political and practical tensions surrounding the smart cities currently being built - like the Sidewalk Toronto Quayside project...Show More
Holiday Quick Hit: Parsing Apple leaks with Patrick | CanCon ep. 129

26:25 | Sep 4th, 2018

Patrick O'Rourke joins to walk through the latest Apple leaks ahead of the company's September event. We also break news about new animojis (not really). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Street Car" by Hayden Ad music: "Dreams" ...Show More
Tech productivity tips | CanCon ep. 128

52:36 | Aug 27th, 2018

Tech can't help you manage your productivity unless you're also managing yourself. Here's a bunch of tips to help you do both. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Old Man" by Neil Young Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud
Can coding education save Canada from tech brain drain? | CanCon ep. 127

56:41 | Aug 20th, 2018

It's a Canadian coding extravaganza! A special guest lineup joins to answer: - Can coding education stop tech brain drain? - Do 'top developer' lists contribute to toxic coding culture? Special guests: Melissa Sariffodeen (Canada Learning Code) ...Show More
Is tech FOMO fading away? | CanCon Ep. 126

46:54 | Aug 10th, 2018

Tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to discuss four types of tech where there is no longer a 'fear of missing out' on the latest and greatest. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Afraid Of Heights" by Billy Talent Ad music: "Dreams"...Show More
Tech summer reading list + best vacation apps | CanCon Ep. 125

53:08 | Jul 30th, 2018

The CanCon team provides its tech summer reading list and recommends a bunch of vacation and travel apps so you can get the most out of you summer. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams Ad music: "Dreams...Show More
The tech scooter bubble is coming to Canada | CanCon Ep. 124

47:25 | Jul 24th, 2018

Patrick explains how Lime and Bird ruined his last trip to SF right before they come to ruin Canadian cities; Erin commits to starting a Google doc and praises the federal government; Sarah Stockdale joins to discuss how Toronto can improve support f...Show More
Montréal's bet on OSMO + what Canada's VC numbers are lacking | CanCon Ep. 123

53:16 | Jul 17th, 2018

Live from Startupfest: Patrick Gagné joins to explain how OSMO and the Québec government plan to build a Communitech in Montréal; Lauren Robinson and Jill Earthy join to parse the recent Female Funders report on the lack of diversity in Canadian vent...Show More
The Canadian tech stories we don't talk about enough | CanCon Ep. 122

57:06 | Jul 5th, 2018

Communitech's Chris Plunkett joins to help give shine to the Canadian tech stories we don't often discuss: the great Canadian tech apps that rarely make the headlines; the dearth of Canadian tech reporting; an ecosystem more in love with its own narr...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 121: Paddy Cosgrave on bringing Collision to Canada

1:02:03 | Jun 26th, 2018

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave shares how the Prime Minister and a former diplomat convinced him to bring Collision to Canada; the team ponders how many lives CryptoKitties have left; is IGTV the new YouTube for the 'gram generation? Canadian C...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 120: Canadian tech's forgotten sector + Rob's upset at Apple

53:36 | Jun 19th, 2018

Patrick returns from E3 and WWDC to talk about the Canadian tech sector that never gets any love from Canadian tech; Erin digs deep into #SportsTwitter PR snafus; Rob is upset at Apple for its lack of innovation. Guest stars: Freelance tech reporters...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 119: 500 Startups is back in Canada + Microsoft bought GitHub

49:15 | Jun 12th, 2018

This week: 500 Startups is back in Canada - what does that mean for the ecosystem and is everyone cool with Dave McClure still (kinda) being involved? Why did Microsoft buy GitHub? Plus, Erin provides tech PR tips on when not to "have the D." Cana...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 118: BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman and Pando's Sarah Lacy at True North

1:07:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

CanCon interviews BuzzFeed fake news expert Craig Silverman, and Pando Media founder and CEO Sarah Lacy, at True North 2018. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "O Canada" by Calixa Lavallée (English words by Robert Stanley Weir) Ad...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 117: Should I unplug my Amazon Echo (and other tech questions)?

39:22 | May 28th, 2018

CanCon's Tech AMA returns, answering the questions: should I unplug my Amazon Echo? How should the government support the Canadian tech ecosystem? Why did the Essential Phone fail? Is wireless charging for real? Will automation replace your job? C...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 116: Why people are pissed about Wavefront + what's influencer marketing?

59:12 | May 20th, 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 (un...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 115: Shopify United + Google's crazy AI + everyone loves Canada

1:10:18 | May 15th, 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 Ca...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 114: Facebook matchmaker + what to expect from Google I/O

43:54 | May 6th, 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 fa...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 113: Do you stream, bro? Ninja does (and Drake, too)

1:00:53 | Apr 30th, 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): "...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 112: Why are app redesigns so hard? + Toronto's innovation narrative

1:04:48 | Apr 23rd, 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 ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 111: Collision is coming to Canada + special snowflake VCs

1:10:34 | Apr 16th, 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"...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 110: Apple history lessons + everything Facebook's done wrong

1:03:53 | Apr 9th, 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 ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 109: How BDC is spending your money + can tech disrupt mining?

1:06:43 | Apr 3rd, 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 (und...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 108: The $9 billion lie + why does Siri suck?

1:06:40 | Mar 19th, 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 musi...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 107: Budget 2018 boondoggles + Apple rumours

1:12:24 | Mar 13th, 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 bori...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 106: BetaKit's origin story + office hours to diversify tech

1:08:49 | Mar 5th, 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 bus...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 105: Shopify's e-cannabis play + Apple sucks now?

46:17 | Feb 20th, 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" b...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 104: Diversity in tech missteps + porn's fight for truth on the net

58:05 | Feb 13th, 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 Oug...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 103: Shaw sours, Zuckerberg's guilt cleanse + diversity (for white women)

1:07:05 | Feb 5th, 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): ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 102: Tim Cook's a "big fan" of Shopify + Bell's (second) hack

48:09 | Jan 28th, 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...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 101: One Google app you shouldn’t use + YouTube’s changed, man

47:46 | Jan 21st, 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 de...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 100: Best of Canadian Tech

1:23:21 | Jan 13th, 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
CanCon Podcast Ep. 99: Does tech make things better?

1:19:47 | Dec 24th, 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...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 98: What the hell is going on with cryptocurrency?

1:12:02 | Dec 17th, 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): "Mon...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 97: Canada's fight for net neutrality

1:05:11 | Dec 10th, 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 ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 96: Canada's tech billionaire + 'Harry Potter Go?'

48:27 | Dec 3rd, 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. Canadi...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 95: Startup PR fails + the Canadian dream for STEM immigrants

1:02:39 | Nov 25th, 2017

Startup bro entitlement almost derails 'Quiz Daddy' and his popular new trivia game. 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...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 94: New Amazon tech + killer AI petitions

48:27 | Nov 18th, 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 Attic...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 93: Animoji Karaoke + youth tech addiction

51:04 | Nov 12th, 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 He...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 92: Can a business be built solely with Canadian tech?

49:26 | Nov 3rd, 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 m...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 91: Regulating algorithms + innovative Canadian video games

1:01:30 | Oct 28th, 2017

Bloomberg tech/politics reporter Gerrit De Vynck joins to discuss whether global tech companies are too big to fail (or be regulated). Plus: Canadian video games are driving tech innovation. No, really! Canadian Content music clip (under fair deal...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 90: Begging for Amazon, building with Alphabet

1:01:15 | Oct 21st, 2017

Matt Roberts (SUV) and Chris Plunkett (Communitech) join to discuss the federal government's tax walk back, the boon of Alphabet investing in Toronto, and the shame of Canadian cities pitching for Amazon's HQ2. Plus: 3 tech questions with Patrick O'R...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 89: AI bias and embracing the Singularity

1:15:22 | Oct 16th, 2017

Exponential technology expert David Roberts explains his optimism for the future at the SingularityU Canada Summit, and the crew solves AI bias after pitching new Netflix shows. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Gimme Your Money P...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 88: Canadian sellouts and bad startup management

49:10 | Oct 9th, 2017

Raw Signal Group co-founder Johnathan Nightingale returns to talk about his newly co-written book, How F*cked Up Is Your Management? before the team discusses Tony Lacavera's new book and whether Canadian tech companies sell too quickly. Canadian ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 87: Bigger tweets, Netflix dollars + Canadian tech in China

55:04 | Sep 29th, 2017

This week the team wonders what Netflix's investment in Canadian content means, if Canadian entrepreneurs will choose China over the US, and if Twitter understands what its problem is. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Familiar Pa...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 86: New Apple hardware, Tesla software + IPO 2.0

59:15 | Sep 24th, 2017

This week, the team looks at problems tech wants to solve (IPOs, OTA updates for natural disaster relief) and problems we want tech to solve (bug bounties for ethical exploits), before riffing on the new Apple hardware. Canadian Content music clip...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 85: Tech nostalgia + Canada's Amazon bidding war

35:50 | Sep 15th, 2017

The CanCon team heads to Fireside Conference to disconnect, complain about tech nostalgia, and argue whether or not an Amazon HQ in Canada is a good thing.
CanCon Podcast Ep. 84: Bad taxes, free IoT, and deceptive bots

1:10:58 | Sep 9th, 2017

This week, the team evaluates the harmful effects of the federal government's proposed tax changes to Canadian tech, the helpful effects of free smart thermostats to fight climate change, and the pernicious effects of a bot-driven infowar. Canadian C...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 83: Apple & Google's AR battle + Uber's new CEO

1:01:42 | Sep 1st, 2017

This week, the team evaluates the AR offerings from two of the largest tech companies, and wonders what Uber's new CEO can accomplish. Plus: when signing code can send you to jail. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "The Hazards of ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 82: In defence of coding education + PoPo wants your crypto

1:08:59 | Aug 27th, 2017

This week, the team mounts a defence of coding education, debates the effect of a new CSA judgment on ICOs and cryptocurrency, and continues our evaluation of the hot new phones for the summer. Canadian Content music clip fair dealing): "If This D...Show More
CanCon Podcast 81: new iPhone rumours + employee "chipping" is now a thing

1:03:45 | Aug 20th, 2017

This week, CanCon catches up on some 'lighthearted' summer stories: new iPhone rumours (and competitors), employee "chipping", and Google's battle with the Supreme Court of Canada. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Soda" by Gob
CanCon Podcast Ep. 80: Canadian streaming complications + Google's diversity problem

1:03:27 | Aug 13th, 2017

This week, the team tackles Google's messy 3,000 word diversity/HR/freedom of speech problem, before lamenting Netflix price increases, and increasing streaming content competition (and complexity). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing)...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 79: 500 Canada falls apart. What's next?

1:02:33 | Aug 5th, 2017

Canada’s tech community have been waiting for another shoe to drop following the recent revelations of VC sexual harassment in the United States. This past Monday, it did.
CanCon Podcast Ep. 78: Supercluster clustercuss + our cheap tech talent

53:12 | Jul 29th, 2017

This week, the team unpacks the messy intersection of Canadian tech and Canadian politics, Montreal AI's wake-up call, and CCI's very public gaffe. Plus, our fastest growing tech cities (with cheap talent). Canadian Content music clip (under fair ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 77: Canada's women entrepreneurship scorecard + 5G is the future

39:10 | Jul 23rd, 2017

This week, the team evaluates where Canada's startup cities placed in Dell's women entrepreneurship scorecard, and special guest Rose Behar joins to explain why recent 5G trials in Vancouver will have an impact beyond our smartphones. Canadian Conten...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 76: Saadia Muzaffar, Harley Finkelstein, Bruce Croxon at BetaKit 150

1:14:38 | Jul 18th, 2017

This week features Saadia Muzaffar from TechGirls Canada, Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein, Elevate Toronto co-founder Razor Suleman, and former Dragon and current The Disruptors host, Bruce Croxon, talking about the future of Canadian innovation. All ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 75: Patent laws, Canada is open for business + your phone bill is going up

51:23 | Jul 8th, 2017

This week, AngelList's Alex Norman joins to discuss the launch of Intros for Canada, the team evaluates how a new patent ruling will affect global interest in Canada as a tech branch plant, and laments rising phone bill costs. Canadian Content music ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 74: 10 years of iPhone, Amazon's next 10 years + harassment in tech

54:34 | Jul 1st, 2017

The team reminisces about 10 years of iPhone, before discussing new offerings from Apple (iOS 11), Google (Google Home), and Amazon (Whole Foods). Dot Health CEO and founder Huda Idrees joins to remind us that the Valley's problems with diversity and...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 73: BetaKit 150 and your Canadian tech questions

29:38 | Jun 25th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team remembers a successful BetaKit 150 event, and answers your Canadian tech questions! Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Headlines" by Drake
CanCon Podcast Ep. 72: E3 + Uber fail + Canada's tech 'moment'

51:14 | Jun 17th, 2017

The CanCon team checks in on the latest gaming news from E3, gives Uber a one-star rating, and wonders if Canadian tech is having a 'moment' with Bloomberg's Gerrit De Vynck. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "North East South West" b...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 71: WWDC roundup + Apple and Google are changing the web (again)

1:09:53 | Jun 10th, 2017

The CanCon team evaluates the announcements from Apple's WWDC, and is joined by former VP of FireFox, Johnathan Nightingale, to discuss forthcoming changes to our web browsers. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Drinking in L.A." by B...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 70: Canada's supercluster competition + women VC frustrations

50:25 | Jun 4th, 2017

The CanCon team picks sides in the battle across Canada for the government's $950 million in supercluster funding, and discusses the recent shots fired by Dragon Arlene Dickinson. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "The Big Money" by R...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 69: Kik's cryptocurrency and Unicorns aren't Unicorns

52:59 | May 27th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team evaluates Kik's dramatic shift into cryptocurrency before saying a eulogy for all the unicorn companies that weren't actually unicorns. Plus: Rob calls in from New York! Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 68: Google I/O and democratized malware

1:00:15 | May 20th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team picks their favourite tech announcements from Google I/O, and wonders if Wannacry is the beginning of the malware wars. Canadian Content music clip: "Bad Guys Win" by Matthew Good
CanCon Podcast Ep. 66: Tech jobs are the best jobs + getting more women on boards

45:44 | May 5th, 2017

This week, Erin Bury takes over CanCon to discuss: the top 10 best jobs in Canada, getting more women on tech boards, and when entrepreneurship goes wrong at Fyre Festival. Music clip (under fair dealing): "Sorry" by Justin Bieber
CanCon Podcast Ep. 65: Apple slaps Uber + Tilt's VC-funded learning experience

56:21 | Apr 29th, 2017

This week, the CanCon team discusses the companies caught in the gravity of Uber's circling of the toilet bowl, and evaluates the results of Tilt's preference of 'culture' and growth over everything else. Music clip (under fair dealing): "Down in Fla...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 64: Shopify wants to eat your lunch, Facebook wants it all

48:40 | Apr 23rd, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team evaluates the latest announcements from Shopify Unite and Facebook's F8, before talking about keeping millennials engaged in the workplace. Music clip (under fair dealing): "Youth is wasted on the young" by Young Galaxy
CanCon Podcast Ep. 63: AI's Uncanny Valley plus the Internet of Ruining Everything

1:04:48 | Apr 16th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team explains why the Internet of Things will ruin everything, and argues whether AI's uncanny valley is aided at all by voice recognition. Music clip (under fair dealing): "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
CanCon Podcast Ep. 62: Good CEO/Bad CEO, and the RCMP is snooping your phone

59:31 | Apr 8th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team plays a game of Good CEO/Bad CEO, and discusses why we'll never have unlimited data plans in Canada. Canadian Content music clip: "The Sting" by Nick Diamonds
CanCon Podcast Ep. 61: BlackBerry/Bombardier boondoggles and women in STEM

56:06 | Apr 1st, 2017

This week, the CanCon team talks about potential BlackBerry/Bombardier boondoggles affecting the innovation agenda, whether smartphones are still cool, and if it's a bad idea to encourage women to enter STEM careers. Canadian Content music clip (unde...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 60: Will #Budget2017 spur Canada's Innovation Economy?

1:04:48 | Mar 26th, 2017

This week, CanCon features a power-packed guest panel ready to discuss the impact of #Budget2017 on Canada's tech ecosystem. Canadian Content music clips (under fair dealing): "Money City Maniacs" by Sloan "If I Had $1,000,000" by Barenaked Ladies
CanCon Podcast Ep. 59: Canada's smart cities and how not to hire employees

1:01:04 | Mar 18th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team takes a look at the process behind building a smart city, the ethics of coding, and the latest HR oopsie from a Canadian startup called Skip the Dishes. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "No Cars Go" by A...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 58: Why does Canadian tech celebrate IPOs but hate on acquisitions?

32:11 | Mar 15th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team fields your Canadian tech questions, including great women in tech, and the tension in Canada between exits and IPOs. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Highschool" by Flashing Lights
CanCon Podcast Ep. 57: Is Hootsuite a unicorn (and does it matter?) plus Uber's no good, very bad 2017

48:53 | Mar 4th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team continues to track Uber's very bad 2017, and talks about startup valuations and why they matter (to Hootsuite especially). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I was born (A Unicorn)" by The Unicorns
CanCon Podcast Ep. 56: Uber's culture problems and the rules of cyber warfare

47:09 | Feb 25th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team discusses Uber's culture problems and treatment of women, and if a Geneva Convention for cyber warfare would help. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Get Some Freedom" by Big Data (featuring Dragonette) A...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 55: Snap in the streets, eSports in the sheets

43:20 | Feb 18th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team discusses the new eSports channel coming to Canadian TV, and if Snap's upcoming IPO is something new or a second Twitter. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "REALiTi" by Grimes. Ad music: Catmosphere - Can...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 54: Shopify catching heat, Oculus taking L's

53:53 | Feb 10th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team asks what happens when ideas move companies (Oculus), and how CEOs should respond to public pressure (Shopify). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Legal Tender" by Handsome Furs Ad music: Catmosphere - Ca...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 53: Canadian tech comes together

55:09 | Feb 5th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team discusses the events leading up to the open letter written by the Canadian tech community, and its potential outcomes. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Citizens of Tomorrow" by Tokyo Police Club Ad musi...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 52: Info Wars and Canada's AI Obsession

44:15 | Jan 31st, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team can't escape talking AI in Canada, and wants to escape the coming Info Wars fought on our social media. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "We are being reduced" by Thrush Hermit Ad music: Catmosphere - Ca...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 51: Canadian tech optimism and even more superclusters

52:00 | Jan 21st, 2017

This week on CanCon, the catches up on the latest AI and supercluster news in Canada (again), and share reasons to be optimistic with tech. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Bit by Bit” by Mother Mother Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 50: Canada's AI supercluster and the right to disconnect

59:08 | Jan 13th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team evaluates the merits of a Canadian AI supercluster, the perils of unchecked AI, and the value of innovation infrastructure spending. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “A conversation between two robots” b...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 49: CRTC's broadband resolution & did Alexa win CES?

51:47 | Jan 6th, 2017

This week on CanCon, the team shares their tech resolutions for 2017, evaluates the latest from CES, and weighs the impact of the CRTC's new broadband decision. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Dark Days” by PUP Ad music: Catmospher...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 48: Answering your Canadian tech questions

32:06 | Dec 31st, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, we answer submitted questions on Canadian tech to ring in 2017. Music clip (under fair dealing): “In The New Year” by The Walkmen Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA Attribut...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 47: 2016 Canadian tech year in review

1:13:09 | Dec 20th, 2016

This week on CanCon, the team looks back on a weird and wild 2016, and makes terrible tech predictions for 2017. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “We're here for a good time (but not a long time)” by Trooper Ad music: Catmosphere - C...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 46 - Pebble is dead and robots are coming to take our jobs

55:57 | Dec 13th, 2016

This week on CanCon, the team provides a eulogy for Pebble, checks in on the Oculus update, and shops at Amazon's futuristic grocery store. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “That Don't Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain Ad music: Catmo...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 45: Does Canada need a SaaS conference?

1:02:48 | Dec 6th, 2016

The CanCon podcast heads to Ottawa for SaaS North, Canada's first-ever national SaaS conference. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing):  “Shake Your Boots” by StillNative
CanCon Podcast Ep. 44: Bad startup PR and the Canadian media landscape is crazy

1:10:31 | Nov 29th, 2016

This week on CanCon, the team evaluates bad startup PR (Equibit), and tries to untangle the tangled Canadian media landscape (CBC vs CRTC vs Netflix vs everybody). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Consequence Free” by Great Big Sea ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 43: Canada at Web Summit and video games have changed, man

46:10 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Rob Kenedi returns as the CanCon team discusses his travels to Web Summit and the weird state of video games.
CanCon Podcast Ep. 42: How does Canadian tech respond to Trump?

55:10 | Nov 14th, 2016

This week on CanCon, the team processes the results of the US election, debates the role Facebook played and its responsibilities, and spends some time Daydreaming. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen Ad ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 41: Mac vs. PC redux and the new fast-track work visa

1:12:15 | Nov 8th, 2016

This week on CanCon, the team revives the Mac vs. PC debate, and digs deep into the federal government's announcement of a fast-track permit for foreign workers. With Bloomberg's Gerrit De Vynck and Communitech's Chris Plunkett! Canadian Content musi...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 40: Toronto's got (tech) talent

1:00:16 | Oct 31st, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, TechTO's Alex Norman guest stars to explain how he brought AngelList Syndicates to Ontario, and the impact of tech on Toronto's economy. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Gravedigger” by Lynne Hanson Ad mus...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 39: Are Canadian healthtech startups doomed to fail?

50:49 | Oct 26th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team diagnoses the problem with healthtech in Canada, and apply for the Rogers CEO position. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “The Stranger” by Gord Downie Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, av...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 38: Where is the best place in Canada to build your tech company?

50:31 | Oct 17th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team evaluates Slack's newest competitor (Facebook) and decides where in Canada to build a tech startup. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “German Polka Medley” performed by Walter Ostanek Ad music: Catm...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 37: Can a Canadian VR company compete with Facebook and Google?

1:00:42 | Oct 11th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team analyzes Google's encroachment on Apple's corner, and stacks up the Canadian-made Sulon Q to the big name VR competition. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Informer" by Snow Ad music: Catmosphere -...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 36: What happens when Canadian tech doesn't try to compete?

46:10 | Oct 4th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team prepares a eulogy for Shomi and packs its gear for Mars to join Elon Musk. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "DVP" by PUP Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commo...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 35: What happens when big companies make big mistakes?

51:26 | Sep 26th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team gives Samsung and Yahoo PR advice and then tackle one of the biggest problems facing startups today: the exit. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette Ad music: Catmosphere -...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 34: Canadian Innovation Week

1:07:15 | Sep 20th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team compares notes from a busy Canadian Innovation Week, and talks about recent business decisions made by two major Canadian tech companies: Thalmic, and Hootsuite. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "T...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 33: Is the the future of wearables your ears?

1:00:58 | Sep 13th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team walks through the process of building a critically-acclaimed chatbot for TIFF, and evaluates all of Apple's recent tech announcements. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Easy Come Easy Go" by Great ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 32: Uber vs. Google vs. Everybody

58:42 | Sep 6th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team prepares for Apple's next tech release, dissects the forthcoming Google vs. Uber battle, and investigates 'shady' startups. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Mind Over Matter" by TUNS Ad music: Cat...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 31: Canada's startup scalability problem

44:46 | Aug 29th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team investigates the dark side of LegalTech, checks in with Apple's Home, and discusses scaling startups in Canada. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Patio Lanterns" by The Kim Mitchell Ad music: Catmo...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 30: How should Canada respond to cyber security threats?

53:09 | Aug 23rd, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team wonders how young is too young for Facebook, whether banks own your data, and if Canadians have thoughts on cyber security. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Bobcaygeon" by The Tragically Hip Ad mu...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 29: How will Facebook monetize bots?

53:57 | Aug 17th, 2016

On this episode of Cancon, the team wonders why people can't choose between paying for things or watching ads, and discusses the merits of a new fund powered by Canadian banks. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Ahead By a Century" by...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 28: Should Canada practice startup protectionism?

47:17 | Aug 9th, 2016

On this episode of Cancon, the team wonders if Canada should act a lot more like China, and discusses the merits of shorting startups. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "True Patriot Love" by Joel Plaskett Ad music: Catmosphere - Cand...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 27: Canada's tech GDP

53:34 | Aug 2nd, 2016

On this episode of Cancon, the team measures Canada's tech output, and evaluates two very different mobile players: Apple and Facebook. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "We Did It" by Born Ruffians Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Colou...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 26: OK fine, let's talk Pokémon Go

46:34 | Jul 25th, 2016

On this episode of Cancon, the team reunites to talk about two different phenoms: Pokémon Go and Elon Musk. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story" by The Dears Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 25: Startup Summer Camp

55:45 | Jul 21st, 2016

On this episode of Cancon, we hit the road to Montreal for Startupfest. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I'll Believe in Anything" by Wolf Parade Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA A...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 24: Is the media wrong about Tesla?

1:08:01 | Jul 11th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team checks the hype on automated driving and Canadian e-commerce. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Hype" by Drake Ad music: "Candy-Coloured Sky" by Catmosphere, available under a Creative Commons BY-S...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 23: Are we ready to cede control to automated driving?

57:32 | Jul 4th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team asks if VR is a drug and if automated driving is too dangerous (or too scary). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Reflektor" by Arcade Fire Ad music: Catmosphere - Candy-Coloured Sky, available unde...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 22: Canada's got (tech) talent?

1:02:38 | Jun 27th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team is joined by special guest Bruce Croxon to catch up on Apple's latest software-focused announcements, Canada's talent level, and discuss what not to do when your startup is in trouble. Canadian content clip (under ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 21: Will social bots 'break the Internet' or save it?

53:58 | Jun 22nd, 2016

This episode of CanCon features audio from our recent #SMWiTO panel: AI, Bots, and Social Media, Oh My. Canadian content clip (under fair dealing): "Citizens of Tomorrow" by Tokyo Police Club.
CanCon Podcast Ep. 20: Is there life on MaRS?

1:04:33 | Jun 13th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team discusses MaRS' forthcoming change at the top, BlackBerry's complicated relationship with law enforcement, and the conditions for a smart city. Canadian content clip (under fair dealing): "Fight the Good Fight" by ...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 19: Do Canadian entrepreneurs lack a sense of urgency?

47:15 | Jun 7th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team discusses Paul Singh's comments about Canadian entrepreneurs and compare our wish lists for Apple's WWDC. Canadian content clip (under fair dealing): "Working for the weekend" by Loverboy
CanCon Podcast Ep. 18: What can Canada learn from other tech countries?

57:30 | May 30th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team discusses what we can learn from Israel about entrepreneurship, the new Pebble lineup, and which Canadian billionaire will be the first to sue BetaKit. Canadian content clip (under fair dealing): "Vancouver Divorce...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 17: Do you give a whut about VR or is it all a Daydream?

59:32 | May 25th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team tackles the expansion of Apple Pay in Canada and major announcements from Google I/O, including Daydream and Google Home. Canadian content clip: "Money City Maniacs" by Sloan
CanCon Podcast Ep. 16: Startups get political on the Hill

58:28 | May 16th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, we take the podcast to the nation's capital to speak with MP Bardish Chagger and a host of Startup Canada Day on the Hill attendees. Canadian content clip: "Kill Count" by The Balconies (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 15: Let's talk startups and mental health

1:03:06 | May 5th, 2016

On this special edition of the CanCon podcast, we talk about the perils of entrepreneurship and mental health.
CanCon Podcast Ep. 14: What's the deal with IoT?

1:17:16 | May 2nd, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team is joined by a few special guests to tackle recent Telus reports on IoT in the home and business. Canadian content clip: "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" by Arcade Fire (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 13: Should the Canadian government pick winners?

1:22:37 | Apr 20th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team tackles the revelation of BlackBerry's role in RCMP investigations and discusses a recent study on Ontario's innovation investments. Canadian content clip: "Cause = Time" by Broken Social Scene (under fair dealing...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 12: Software can't solve everything

1:01:13 | Apr 11th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team looks for proactive remedies to Canada's tech diversity issue and discusses the outcome of recent Uber regulation recommendations. Canadian content clip: "Boy Problems" by Carly Rae Jepsen (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 11: We solve Canada's startup hiring problem

1:07:27 | Apr 6th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team discusses the current state of diversity in tech - and it's relation to Canada's hiring gap - and the future of bots, racist or otherwise. Canadian content clip: "Hand in My Pocket" by Alanis Morissette (under fai...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 10: The Maturation of Apple and Netflix

48:39 | Mar 28th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team evaluates the federal government's first budget, and the maturation of Apple and Netlfix's product offering. Canadian content clip: "The Lines You Amend" by Sloan (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 9: What is Canada's innovation strategy?

1:10:24 | Mar 22nd, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team evaluates the federal government's role in Canadian innovation and its capacity to succeed, which VR headset is most compelling, and if Kanye West and some VCs have ruined music. Canadian content clip: "Summer Six...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 8: Are we too Canadian for FinTech innovation?

1:05:03 | Mar 14th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team reunites to evaluate Canada's approach to FinTech, figure out 5G, and discuss VC Roger Chabra's Canadian entrepreneur checklist. Canadian content clip: "This sentence will ruin/save your life" by Born Ruffians (un...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 7: Canadian tech unicorn hype check

1:08:09 | Mar 7th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, Amber Mac joins to help evaluate Canada's tech unicorns, explain the appeal of Dx3, and the deal with mobile payments. Canadian content clip: "The Oaf" by Big Wreck (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 6: Is Canadian tech a "branch-plant economy?"

1:04:14 | Feb 29th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, Communitech's Chris Plunkett joins to talk about U.S. tech companies taking Canadian talent and paths to the Valley, MWC, startup living wages, and Yelp's PR mess in Talia Jane. Canadian content clip: "The Day we Hit the C...Show More
CanCon Podcast Episode 5: Privilege and Privacy

1:08:34 | Feb 22nd, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, special guest star Bruce Croxon joins us to talk about Apple's security fight with the FBI and how that affects Canadians, our current expectations of online privacy, and startup privilege. Canadian content clip: "Bad as T...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 4: The web is a Pokémon and how to save Twitter

1:03:50 | Feb 16th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team ponders comes up with ways to 'save' Twitter, and discusses the evolution of the web (currently in Raichu form). Canadian content clip: "Too Old to Die Young" by Timber Timbre (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 3: Is BlackBerry still a Canadian tech story?

58:37 | Feb 7th, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team ponders if BlackBerry is still a Canadian tech company, talks tech gentrification, and about all the new food delivery apps cropping up. Canadian content clip: "Amelia Earhart" by The Inbreds (under fair dealing)
CanCon Podcast Ep. 2: Is Winter Coming for Canadian tech?

50:35 | Feb 1st, 2016

On this episode of CanCon, the team ponders if Winter is Coming for Canadian tech and if Canadian companies can handle the cold. We also check in on developments with major American tech companies. Canadian content clip: "Violent Dreams" by Thrush H...Show More
CanCon Podcast Ep. 1: Hipster TV and our dollar sucks

1:03:01 | Jan 25th, 2016

On the first ever edition of the CanCon Podcast, Douglas Soltys, Erin Bury, Rob Kenedi, and Patrick O'Rourke discuss Netlfix, Showmi, CraveTV, and VR. Music clip: “Money City Maniacs” by Sloan