CanCon Podcast Ep. 32: How to tell if your startup is shady


This week, the CanCon podcast shines a light on the shady side of startups.

A recent Medium post has exposed a Silicon Valley startup for scamming its employees. The startup community response following the post has been a combination of shared experiences and messages of support – so is the behaviour outlined in the article common or a bad actor outlier?

Territory wars are brewing among some of the world’s best-known tech giants, as Google gears up to compete with Uber. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Google will be starting a ride-sharing service of its own, running off the company’s Waze app with the intention of connecting commuters going in the same direction for carpooling. How loyal will people be to Uber when there are serious alternatives on the market? How serious is Google about ridesharing?

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 – prepares for Apple’s next tech release, discusses Google’s foray into the rideshare market, and talks about how many warning signs it should take before you realize your startup is up to no good.

Have some hot takes on our hot takes? Maybe you want to suggest a topic for a future podcast! Perhaps you have a burning question about something you read in tech news that we didn’t cover. Email us, post a comment below with the answer or question, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your answer there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 32 (09/6/16)

Google heard you like Uber, so it put some Uber in your Waze
Google said to undercut Uber with expanded ride-share service in San Francisco

What’s next for Apple?
Here’s what to expect from Apple’s September 7th iPhone keynote

How to spot a shady startup
I got scammed by a Silicon Valley startup
Privilege, illegal interviews, and burning curiosity

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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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