How Justin Trudeau and a former diplomat convinced Paddy Cosgrave to bring Collision to Canada (CanCon Podcast Ep. 121)

Paddy Cosgrave

Collision was the talk of Toronto this week, as founder Paddy Cosgrave was in town to prep for the massive tech conference’s inaugural event north of the border next year.

Despite a hectic schedule, Cosgrave made time to talk to BetaKit and share the process for exactly how Toronto beat out every other North American city for the honour. The Collision founder was direct in attributing the decision to the persistent pestering of a small cadre of Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory and his Web Summit delegation (Cosgrave’s other massive tech conference), and former diplomat Sunil Sharma (now Techstars Toronto Managing Director).

Cosgrave was also clear in articulating the opportunity for Toronto and Canadian tech if Collision sticks the landing outside the United States. It’s both a promise and warning: Collision could come and go like it has with past locations, or it could stay well beyond the currently signed three-year term. The implication from Cosgrave is that the decision lies more in our hands than his.

To hear the interview (and Cosgrave’s plans to have Drake lead a pub crawl around the city), you’ll first have to get through the standard CanCon crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; Josh McConnell, freelance tech reporter; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – pondering how many lives CryptoKitties have left, and if IGTV the new YouTube for the ‘gram generation. It’s worth it.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 121

CryptoKitties is dead, long live CryptoKitties
Top investors gambled $12 million on the blockchain equivalent of Beanie Babies. Now, sales are plummeting.
CryptoKitties sudden lack of popularity is a bad omen for blockchain businesses
How to play CryptoKitties, the insanely popular crypto game
CryptoKitties launches KittyVerse to attract more third-party developers

IGTV is the new Snap is the new YouTube is…
Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos
David Pierce on IGTV’s position in the market

Paddy Cosgrave interview
Collision event at MaRS builds anticipation for Toronto and 2019
Confirmed: Collision conference relocating to Toronto in 2019
Bet on Collision coming to Toronto in 2019

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “The Cat Came Back” by Fred Penner
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

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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