100 episodes

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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    • 4.6, 98 Ratings

The CanCon Podcast is a weekly podcast covering important Canadian tech news, as well as some global tech topics from a Canadian perspective!

    Black Swan - Summer Telehealth check-up

    Black Swan - Summer Telehealth check-up

    "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 TWGTWG.

    This episode originally aired May 2nd, 2020.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Black Swan #17: Summer Camp is Cancelled

    Black Swan #17: Summer Camp is Cancelled

    “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.

    • 38 min
    Black Swan #16: Minister Bains explains the feds' COVID-19 response

    Black Swan #16: Minister Bains explains the feds' COVID-19 response

    "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.

    • 37 min
    Black Swan - Building the Canadian Shield

    Black Swan - Building the Canadian Shield

    "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.

    • 28 min
    Black Swan #15: The evolving business of preparing for death

    Black Swan #15: The evolving business of preparing for death

    "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.

    • 29 min
    Black Swan #14: Disrupting startup culture & why Canadian FinTechs are pissed (listener questions)

    Black Swan #14: Disrupting startup culture & why Canadian FinTechs are pissed (listener questions)

    "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.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Alivey1 ,

A “must listen” for startups & tech companies

Fantastic content - info that keeps me up-to-date on tech in Canada and worldwide. A fun cast of characters - keeps it fun every week!

Candidor15 ,

Great CANADIAN Content

I am so happy that I (finally)have found a tech podcast from a Canadian perspective. I was getting tired of all the US bull****. CanCon has great guest speakers who know what they are talking about and really help explain the different schools of thought regarding forms of technology. Love it!

LeBaron LeBlanc ,

More NinSwitch Reviews!!!

Loving this show. I’ve now got a bookshelf full of books to try and apps to read.

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