CanCon Podcast Ep. 29: Would a bank-backed fund help Canadian startups?

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This week the CanCon podcast asks why no one wants to pay for anything.

Facebook has found a way around adblocking programs. As an end user, you may find Facebook ads annoying, but as the CanCon team brings up on this week’s podcast, without ads, users risk service such as Facebook not longer being offered for free.

Unless, of course, social media sites start developing other revenue generating streams. Chatty McChatface is a chatbot connecting Kik and Facebook users in the 13-17 age demographic to people that are looking to chat. Will revenue follow the jump in engagement?

Speaking of cash, the Bank of Canada is trying to help startups and small businesses in the Canadian ecosystem access money more easily.

Tune in as the CanCon team – Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – wonders why people can’t choose between paying for things or watching ads, and discusses the merits of a new fund powered by Canadian banks.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 29 (08/17/16)

“Show me the money!”
Facebook has found a way around your adblocker
Why Facebook and Kik are fighting over bots while investors watch
The Bank of Canada is trying to help small businesses in Canada

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip

PayPal ad music: Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA Attribution-Share Alike license.


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.

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