How Canadian tech companies go public

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The last time I checked in with a podcast programming update, it was March of last year, I was self-isolating at home, and explaining to you why BetaKit had just relaunched its podcast to talk about COVID-19’s impact on Canadian tech.

Since then, we’ve released 52 episodes of Black Swan. While I think the quality of those episodes has consistently improved, you may have noticed that recent episodes have been a little less… Black Swan-y. Culminating in last week’s episode, which was downright optimistic about 2021!

“There’s an administrative burden to being a public company that I think most private companies don’t necessarily appreciate.”
 
 

Now, the pandemic sadly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And that means Black Swan’s dramatic music and my darkest timeline takes aren’t going away, either. But the truth is, there have been a bunch of interesting Canadian tech conversations we’ve avoided recently because they didn’t fit into the Black Swan format. So while Black Swan will be around for “as long as it needs to be,” you’re going to start seeing new content interspersed on the BetaKit podcast channel, and eventually, all those different shows we were planning before we ever heard the term COVID-19.

Like this episode, where we speak with Will Shaw, partner and leader of the Toronto Emerging Technology practice group at Fasken.

Now, disclosures: Will happens to be both BetaKit and our illustrious co-host Rob Kenedi’s lawyer. Nothing on this podcast should be considered legal advice, either. But we could think of no better person to answer our dumb questions about taking companies public, because Will has a lot of experience answering our dumb questions.

So, let’s learn how Canadian tech companies go public.


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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.