CanCon Podcast Ep. 96: Canada’s tech billionaire

Shopify Tobias Lütke

Shopify’s 37-year-old German-born CEO, Tobias Lütke, is Canada’s newest tech billionaire (again). After losing the distinction following a short-selling attack on the Ottawa-based e-commerce giant, Lütke (and Shopify) bounced back after strong quarterly numbers and a $1 million-per-minute Black Friday. For better or worse, Lütke has become Canadian tech’s portrait of success, like Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie before him. Is Lütke prepared to handle the heat of the spotlight, or are we all just waiting for a few more billionaires to join him onstage? Bloomberg’s Gerrit De Vynck joins to discuss.

Speaking of the spotlight, Pokémon Go developer Niantic is preparing to jump back in with a new AR game based upon the Harry Potter universe. Can Niantic learn from past poké-mistakes and create an augmented reality experience with lasting impact?

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Gerrit De Vynck, tech, telecom and media report at Bloomberg; Sameer Chhabra, MobileSyrup Staff Reporter; Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Senior Editor and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – makes bad sports analogies before discussing the cultural import of Pacific Rim 2.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 96 (12/04/17)

Canadian tech’s Steve Nash (allow us to explain…)
Coder in Tweed Cap Is New Canada Billionaire, Shopify Soars
Shopify reports $1 million in sales per minute during Black Friday peak
Bruce Croxon says Shopify’s short-seller response falls short, but company’s metrics don’t
Shopify’s Tobi Lütke named chair of Canadian government’s digital industries table

Harry Potter Go is coming for your unlocked phone
Here’s everything you need to know about Canada’s unlocking fee ban
Developer behind Pokémon Go is working on an AR Harry Potter mobile game
Pokémon Go creator raises $200 million ahead of Harry Potter game launch

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “If I Had $1000000” by Barenaked Ladies

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.