Canadian startup news of the week (3/14/21)

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Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week


Women leaders at Shopify launch new angel group to invest in women and non-binary founders

Called Backbone Angels, the group consists of 10 angel investors who have held various management-level roles at Shopify.


Wealthsimple launches peer-to-peer payment Cash app nationwide

Similar to Venmo, Wealthsimple Cash is currently a peer-to-peer payment app that allows users to send, receive, and request cash instantly.


Telehealth startup Dialogue to go public on Toronto Stock Exchange, targets $100 million IPO

The startup reported its revenues grew by 187 percent, compared to 2019, with $60 million of annual recurring revenue as of the end of January.


Lightspeed to acquire Vend for $350 million

In a statement, Lightspeed noted the proposed deal is intended to strengthen Lightspeed’s global retail base, particularly in the Asia-Pacific.


Koho secures $70 million Series C to scale adoption of its digital banking services

CEO Dan Eberhard told BetaKit the round also included secondary financing on top of the $70 million but declined to disclose the amount.


Six mistakes to avoid during your final interview

A senior recruiter shares interview tips and slip-ups to avoid to ensure you get the job offer you deserve.


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InteraXon founder Ariel Garten joins to share insights gained from reading people’s (anonymized) brainwaves during a pandemic.


CAN NEW TECH MAKE BUYING A HOME LESS TERRIBLE?

Bōde Canada CEO Robert Price joins to explain how COVID-19 and the shift to remote work made some Canadian real estate markets red hot and others ice cold.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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