Sean Silcoff explains how 2020 became the year of the Canadian tech IPO

Lightspeed - NYSE, September 11, 2020

Earlier this year, Globe and Mail Technology reporter Sean Silcoff wrote that “private is the new public” – in essence, that IPOs and public markets were not the first choice for tech companies looking to exit. Shopify and Lightspeed aside, Canadian tech IPOs were few and far between.

“We called it Canada’s lost tech IPO boom.”

Like most things in 2020, that changed. But why, and why so dramatically?

To try and get an answer, and to give him the opportunity to explain why he was so wrong earlier in the year, we invited Mr. Silcoff on the podcast. While some of this week’s episode might feel like inside baseball, we hope it provides a needed perspective on just how much COVID-19 has impacted the tech sector this year, up and downstream.

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Black Swan is a BetaKit podcast. Hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur. Sponsored by the #CIBCInnovationEconomy podcast. Produced with support from TWG.

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.