CanCon Podcast Ep. 7: Canadian unicorn hype check

Hootsuite lobby

There was a time in Canadian tech when we celebrated the existence of any unicorn. Now, with a growing list of Canadian startups at or above the magical $1 billion valuation mark, we can be a bit more discerning. Slack, Hootsuite, Shopify, Kik, and Vision Critical have all been in the news recently – on this week’s episode of the CanCon podcast, we give each of them a hype check.

Tune in as the CanCon podcast team – Erin Bury, Managing Director of 88 Creative (and former BetaKit Managing Editor), Patrick O’Rourke, Senior Editor of MobileSyrup, and special guest Amber Mac (!!) – also discusses the big news from Dx3 (including our fear/love of sassy robots) and ask what the deal is with mobile payments.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 7 (03/07/16)

Comparing Canada’s Unicorns/Narwhals
Today in Canadian Unicorns: Hootsuite written down, Slack raising at $4B USD valuation
Shopify revenue hits $70.2 million USD in Q4, 99% YoY growth
Vision Critical sells its Research Consulting division, CEO addresses possible IPO this year

Dx3 Catchup
#Dx32016: Pepper the sassy robot dreams of changing retail
#Dx32016: How Kik will use chat bots to sell products to teens (and everyone else)

What’s the deal with mobile payments?
#Dx32016: Playing with Samsung Pay, coming to Canada this year
TD Canada Trust’s new mobile payments solution beats Apple and Samsung to the punch in Canada
Apple Pay to reportedly support MasterCard in Canada later this year

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “The Oaf” by Big Wreck
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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.