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The BetaKit Podcast Channel features weekly podcasts discussing both Canadian tech and innovation, as well as global tech from a Canadian perspective.

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The BetaKit Podcast Channel features weekly podcasts discussing both Canadian tech and innovation, as well as global tech from a Canadian perspective.

    Québec is executing its innovation plan. Will it pay off?

    Québec is executing its innovation plan. Will it pay off?

    “To be competitive with American startups—or Israeli startups, or European startups—we need that push. That push … comes with a bureaucratic cost, because the government wants to know what's happening with their money.” 
    MAIN Executive Director Louis-Felix Binette joins live from Startupfest in Montréal to discuss the state of tech entrepreneurship in the city and province, including Québec Tech’s new name and mission.
    Presented by Mantle: next-level equity management, powered by AI. Visit withmantle.com/betakit to get started with your first 12 months free.

    • 54 min
    Why Gen X and Gen Z both want keyboards on their smartphone

    Why Gen X and Gen Z both want keyboards on their smartphone

    "When we unveiled the company and the product to the world, the hope was 'people are going to be excited.' Or maybe we're completely wrong."
    Can a ragtag team of ex-BlackBerry employees and fanboys bring mobile keyboards back with Clicks? Clicks' Kevin Michaluk (CrackBerry) and Jeff Gadway (BlackBerry) join to explain what prompted them to build an iPhone keyboard in 2024. The answer may surprise you as much as the gadget's target customer.
    Presented by Float, co-hosts of In the Black: Building Enduring Businesses. Learn what’s top of mind for Canada’s fastest-growing companies, including Xanadu, Wealthsimple, and Float.

    • 58 min
    This deep tech PE firm was drawn to Canada by the data

    This deep tech PE firm was drawn to Canada by the data

    “In Canada today … if you look at the inventory of 20,000 great technology companies, 60 percent of those have never met an investor. Because they’re really busy at meeting customers.”
    Jolt Capital managing partner Jean Schmitt joins to discuss why he made Montréal his deep tech private equity firm's North American HQ, and the opportunities for investment he sees across Canada.
    Presented by AWS Startups: accelerate your innovative ideas with AWS credits of up to $100,000 through the AWS Activate program.
    The BetaKit Podcast is also sponsored by Float:  sign up for early access to Float's new Bill Pay and Reimbursements product by June 30, 2024, and you will be entered to win 2 tickets to see Taylor Swift live!

    • 43 min
    How Web Summit Vancouver came to be with Casey Lau

    How Web Summit Vancouver came to be with Casey Lau

    “Is this Collision, is this RISE, is this Web Summit? I’m very confused.”
    Web Summit co-host Casey Lau joins the podcast from the show floor of the last Collision to evaluate its impact, what Web Summit Vancouver will do for the city, and what the reimagined tech conference might look like when it arrives next year.
    Presented by Mantle: next-level equity management, powered by AI. Visit withmantle.com/betakit to get started with your first 12 months free.

    • 37 min
    WWDC: Did Apple just kill your AI company?

    WWDC: Did Apple just kill your AI company?

    "OpenAI has nothing to lose and Apple had to move. They are the last player in this space, they had to do something."
    The gang reviews the latest announcements from Apple’s WWDC event, including a major partnership with OpenAI, before handing out grades for Big Tech’s AI progress. Also evaluated: whether or not Apple killed any tech companies this week, 1Password included.
    Presented by Mantle: next-level equity management, powered by AI. Visit withmantle.com/betakit to get started with your first 12 months free.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Dax Dasilva plans to get Lightspeed to $1 billion in revenue

    How Dax Dasilva plans to get Lightspeed to $1 billion in revenue

    "Fiscal '25 is the year we turn 20, and it's the year we cross a billion in revenue and we become a profitability story."
    Once again back in the CEO chair, Lightspeed's Dax Dasilva discusses why he stepped down, then returned, as the company he founded approaches its 20th birthday.
    The BetaKit Podcast is presented by Innovate BC: a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia. Visit innovatebc.ca to learn more about Innovate BC’s programs, initiatives and ongoing work across British Columbia’s innovation ecosystem.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Hugo Wull ,

Great interviews and reporting.

I’m an American listener (found the podcast via following Dan Olson). I appreciate this podcast for the in-depth and well-informed conversations around tech, as well as the commentary that is measured and grounded in facts and experience. It’s cool to be able to get a perspective on tech from outside of the US, from people who really know what they’re talking about.

Ryan in the US ,

Canadians abroad - tune in!

Great resource for Canadians living abroad to keep up with latest news of the tech ecosystem back home

N_Jackson ,

Essential podcast for start-up entrepreneurs (or tech enthusiasts)!

This is definitely in my top 2 or 3 favourite podcasts. CanCon makes startup news that’s really digestible and relevant to the Canadian ecosystem, while still maintaining a global lens. Keep up the amazing work!

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