CanCon Podcast Ep. 90: Begging for Amazon, building with Alphabet

Bear punch

Would your city fight a bear for Amazon? Or is your city more likely to upgrade its infrastructure with Alphabet? Do you buy into the federal government’s new, entrepreneurship-friendly tax approach?

These are some of the questions posed this week on the CanCon podcast, as Canadian tech continues to intersect with Canadian politics, and our nation’s tech hubs continue to flaunt and fawn over attention from global tech giants. We brought in experts from Communitech and ScaleUP Ventures to push through the politics and press spin to evaluate the policy.

Other burning questions? We have three of them this week for MobileSyrup’s Patrick O’Rouke. And if you think the SNES Classic is not a burning tech question, you’re probably not a Gen X’er.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor; Chris Plunkett, Managing VP External Relations at Communitech; Matt Roberts, Partner at ScaleUP Ventures; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – try to remember old West Wing quotes.

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 90 (10/23/17)

The big tax walk back
Gov’t nixes proposed tax change targeting capital gains, will restrict income sprinkling
Finance Minister says gov’t will work with angel and VC community to build Tax Fairness Plan
Federal gov’t sets $50,000 a year threshold on taxing passive investments

3 burning tech questions
Is the Pixel 2 fire or a garbage fire?
Why can’t Douglas get an SNES Classic?
What’s up with the new MacBook keyboard?

Would you rather have an Amazon or an Alphabet?
Calgary will fight a bear, Toronto offers monetary savings in Amazon HQ2 showdown
Alphabet investing $62 million in Sidewalk Labs Toronto site

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Killbear” by Hayden

Feature image courtesy Sharp Shirter.

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.

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