The tech scooter bubble is coming to Canada (CanCon Podcast Ep. 124)

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Most tech trends, one way or another, eventually make their way to Canada. The latest, if recent investments by Uber and Google Ventures are any indication, is in electric scooter rentals – a craze currently sweeping across SF like a virus in an anti-vaxxer (the social antibodies are doing their best, however).

What’s the reason? Is it a deep-seeded hunger for “new modalities” covering that “last mile” of transportation? The continued embracing of trends led by Chinese entrepreneurs? Maybe it’s something more simple than that.

Take the ‘transit pod’, for example. It’s a new product in development by Lime – an enclosed, electric vehicle that would drive on city streets at up to 64 kilometres an hour. When is a car not a car? When it’s built to skirt a city’s laws, regulations, and good sense. True disruption!

Speaking of disruption, Dell (CanCon’s presenting sponsor!) recently hosted its annual DWEN conference in Canada for the first time. Along with it came a new report outlining how Toronto can disrupt the status quo and better support women entrepreneurs. Sarah Stockdale joins the CanCon crew to explain why We Need to Talk About This.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 124

Get your scooter off my lawn!
Uber’s next big thing is Lime scooters to get around town
Controversial scooter service LimeBike looks for a lane in Toronto
Scooter company Lime is planning to deploy ‘transit pods’
The Growing Scooter Graveyard
The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles
Swagtron Swagger 5 Scooter Review: Dreams come back alive

DWEN comes to Canada
New report outlines how Toronto can improve support for women entrepreneurs
New report indicates just 14 percent of Canadian VCs are women

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Know Yourself” by Drake
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.