CanCon Podcast Ep. 24: What’s going on with Canadian e-commerce?

Shop.ca

This week’s episode of the CanCon podcast is all about checking the hype.
 

Following last week’s focus on Tesla’s responsibilities to the public, we discuss the traditional deterrent to innovation: regulation. Who should have final say on when new tech hits the streets?

We then bring the focus back to Toronto to talk about Shop.ca and its current financal issues. Was hype responsible for the company’s large sum of investment capital and subsequent decline, or were there problems more core to the business? Where does this leave the hype (or lack thereof) around Canadian e-commerce?

Tune in as the CanCon team – Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, Darrell Etherington, former BetaKit Senior Writer and current Senior Writer for TechCrunch, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – check the hype over tech.

Have some hot takes on our hot takes? Better yet, want to tell us how you pronounce ‘Tesla’? Email us, post a comment below, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your answer there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 24 (07/11/16)

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What happened to Shop.ca?
Shop.ca has filed for bankruptcy in a last ditch effort to find a buyer
Shop.ca lays off 30 employees in advance of potential sale

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Hype” by Drake
PayPal ad music: “Candy-Coloured Sky” by Catmosphere, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license.

Feature image courtesy sheblogs Canada

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.