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Loblaw partners with Gatik to bring first autonomous delivery fleet to Canada (BETAKIT)

Loblaw Companies Limited has signed a deal with Palo Alto-based startup Gatik to launch what it claims is Canada’s first autonomous delivery fleet.


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Pivoting for Greater Success with 7shifts Founder Jordan Boesch

Not many startups would have the nerve to walk away from two-thirds of their customers. But 7shifts founder Jordan Boesch realized the secret to greater success is focusing on who you’re solving a pain point for.

On the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast series, we learn how he turned a chaotic restaurant scheduling system of Post-It Notes and white-out into one of the most successful human resources software systems in the world.


Can Shopify compete with Amazon without becoming Amazon? (NEW YORK TIMES)

If the key to Amazon’s success has been to put the customer first, for Shopify the key has been to put the merchant first.


BC venture deal volume dropped to new low in Q3, but total funding shows a healthy ecosystem (BETAKIT)

Startups in the BC region raised a total of $287 million over Q3 2020, a 26 percent decrease from the previous quarter.


Inabuggy, McEwan launch virtual grocery store (DIGITAL.)

Customers can virtually tour the Toronto store’s shoppable grocery store aisles.


Toronto venture funding in Q3 rebounds following disappointing first half of 2020 (BETAKIT)

The GTA, which lagged behind several ecosystems and failed to contribute much to Canada’s record funding Q2 2020, showed signs of a rebound in Q3 2020.


Secret Amazon reports expose the company’s surveillance of labor and environmental groups (VICE)

Dozens of leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center reveal the company’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on warehouse workers and the extensive monitoring of labor unions, environmental activists, and other social movements.


Expensify CEO David Barrett on why startup founders should ignore the ‘experts’ (BETAKIT)

Expensify CEO David Barrett explained why he ignored experts to build his company for profit, not venture capital growth, on the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast.


Comedian Kevin Hart invests in Vancouver’s Brüush (TECHCOUVER)

Hart will play an active role within Brüush, bringing his talent to campaigns, content and social media – shaking up the all-too-often humorless, ignorable oral care category.


Applications open for new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (BETAKIT)

Applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) officially opened as of Monday, November 23.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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