CanCon Podcast Ep. 31: Canada’s startup scalability problem

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This week the CanCon podcast asks if LegalTech is innovating, or just disrupting bank accounts.

Following a Hulk Hogan lawsuit bankrolled by Peter Thiel, Gawker Media has officially shut down. Meanwhile, Thiel-backed startup Legalist has jumped on the bandwagon, determining which lawsuits to fund based on its likelihood of a positive outcome. Disruption or capitalizing on a broken system?

Back on the Canadian home front, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) released its 2016 fiscal report, which showed $253.1 million CAD in venture capital investments, up from $185.4 million CAD last year. The TMX group also announced that it is funding an independent working group to find ways for Canadian businesses to access growth funds beyond the early stages. Is more money need or is there another element to Canada’s scalability problem?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – investigates the dark side of LegalTech, checks in with Apple’s Home, and discusses scaling startups in Canada.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 31 (08/29/16)

Lobbing Law Bombs
A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets
Legalist will fund your lawsuit if it thinks you have a good shot at winning

How smart is your home?
Apple’s iOS 10 features an updated HomeKit, allowing you to improve your home’s IQ

Scaling Canada’s startups
TMX launches a roundtable to solve the scalability issues facing Canadian businesses
BDC made 253.1 million CAD in venture capital investments for fiscal 2016

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Patio Lanterns” by Kim Mitchell

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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