CanCon Podcast Ep. 115: Shopify’s Harley Finkelstein on Canadian swagger and enabling entrepreneurship

Harley Finkelstein

Shopify held its Unite developer conference last week, the first one hosted in Canada. The Prime Minister was there, so naturally, the conversation turned to Canadian innovation and the capacity of our tech companies to lead on the global stage.

Shopify had some things to say on the matter, preaching the value of enabling global entrepreneurship, while warning of the perils if commerce around the world is controlled by only a few tech companies and platforms. Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein joins the podcast to talk Canadian swagger, and the story the company wants to tell coming out of Unite.

Speaking of Canada, everyone seems to love it, from Paddy Cosgrave, to Brad Feld, to Fred Wilson. We’ve been critical of foreign tech powers using Canada as a counterpoint to their own narratives, but this time feels different. David Crow, founder of Danger Capital and someone who will probably tell you to get off his lawn, joins to offer a tough but fair evaluation of the Canadian tech ecosystem.

Join us as the CanCon crew – Josh McConnell, freelance tech reporter; Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Managing Editor; David Crow, old curmudgeon; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – also debates the value of AI prank calls after a freaky Google I/O.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 115 (05/15/18)

Shopify United
New physical space, services marketplace lead flurry of Shopify Unite announcements
Shopify woos subscribers with new features and a bricks-and-mortar location

Interlude: A dumb Google story and a scary Google story
Google cozies up to journalists to ensure they keep producing vibrant, local news, but industry not impressed
Here are the 6 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018

Everybody loves Canada
Confirmed: Collision conference relocating to Toronto in 2019
Amazon to add 3,000 Vancouver tech jobs via Hub expansion
Fred Wilson on Canada
Brad Feld: Canada Is Going To Be The Next, Great, Entrepreneurial Tech Country
Peter Misek on the lack of new Canadian startups
David Crow on the scarcity of early-stage financing

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Trust Issues” by Drake
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.