CanCon Podcast Ep. 46: What can Canadian entrepreneurs learn from Pebble’s demise?

Pebble Time

Pebble is dead. Last week it was announced that Fitbit would be acquiring Pebble, one of the first manufacturers to release a smartwatch, for a less-than-impressive $40 million USD. Seeing as just last year, Pebble was being offered $740 million by the watchmaker Citizen, the CanCon crew can’t help but wonder how the Canadian hardware company fell so far, so fast.

The team then turns to Patrick O’Rourke for his take on another type of wearable, the Oculus Rift with Touch. Is Oculus still the leader in the VR space? And when is VR ready for consumers?

Finally, the CanCon crew discusses the newly announced Amazon Go store in Seattle, Washington. According to the video released advertising the store, users will no longer need to go through a checkout of any kind. Instead, an app will track what you’ve picked up or put back and as you exit the store, your Amazon account will be charged. The CanCon team wants to know what this type of technology development will mean for the job market, and if tech leaders have a responsibility to consider the economic impact of their innovations.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – provides a eulogy for Pebble, and shops in the future.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 46 (12/13/16)

R.I.Pebble
Fitbit deal is done, Pebble is insolvent, founder Eric Migicovsky will reportedly join Y Combinator
Pebble to cancel Pebble Time 2 and Core following Fitbit acquisition
Pebble’s closure is gutting but I just ordered one anyway

Oculus Rift with Touch
Oculus Rift with Touch: Review

Amazon Go and the future of groceries
Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience
Amazon Go and the Future of Work
Amazon Go – not coming to a neighbourhood near you… yet

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.