CanCon Podcast Ep. 72: Is Canadian tech having a moment?

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If you’ve been paying attention to tech news in the last few months, you may have noticed how Canada is starting to share in the spotlight. The government seems to be heeding the advice of the ecosystem, investors are showing confidence in Canadian startups, large corporations are looking to Canada for talent – the list goes on. Is this forward motion due to competence or coincidence and how can Canada keep the momentum going?

South of the border, Uber’s Travis Kalanick will be stepping away from his role as CEO for an undetermined amount of time. The decision followed the release of a report outlining the current status of Uber’s company culture. Is it possible that Uber will be able to rise from the ashes and begin anew after all of the scandals it has faced, or is the one-star rating permanent?

CanCon podcast regular, Patrick O’Rourke, is still in the States, spending his week at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as E3). He calls in to give a quick update on what is new and notable in the video game industry and whether Canadians are willing to spend $600 CAD for a 4K console.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight, Gerrit De Vynck, technology & telecom reporter at Bloomberg, Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – celebrates a Canadian tech’s “moment” in podcast form.

Have some hot takes on the topics that we covered? Maybe you want to suggest something 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 thoughts there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 72 (06/17/17)

Canadian Tech is on to something
Canadian Tech is having a moment, the trick is not to mess it up

E3: Welcome to New Donk City

The Xbox One X is impressive, but how many games will feature true 4k?
Sony’s keynote announcements

Is the Uber debacle finally over?
How not to end up like Uber’s Travis Kalanick
One way to fix Uber: Think twice before using it

BONUS: Erin met Justin Trudeau

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “North East South West” by Japandroids


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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