Tobi Lütke finally comes on the BetaKit Podcast

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Tobias Lütke, co-founder and CEO of Shopify, speaking with other attendees at the BetaKit Town Hall on May 7, 2024.
Shopify CEO discusses Canadian innovation, policy, courage, and ambition.

We did it! After years of asking, Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke is our guest on this week’s episode of The BetaKit Podcast.


You see, BetaKit just hosted its first-ever town hall with 500 members of Canadian tech at the University of Toronto and Mr. Lütke was our headline speaker.

“I think ambition is a problem … Canada is a go-for-bronze culture, and that sucks.”

Tobi Lütke
Shopify CEO

So what you’ll hear today is Tobi in conversation with BetaKit board chair and friend of the pod Satish Kanwar in a wide-ranging conversation, discussing the state of Canadian innovation, government and policy, and—importantly—what should come next. With special guests from CDL, Ada, Knix, and Version One Ventures.

The evening was incredible and there is a ton of more conversation from the BetaKit Town Hall you can check out using the links below, but for now, let’s get back to the fireside.

Even if you were in the room, I think you will get a lot out of re-listen because you know The BetaKit Podcast brings you that crispy audio.

So why is the CEO of Canada’s largest tech company asking for more courage and ambition? Let’s dig in.

Related town hall links:

Shopify CEO says Canada must overcome “go-for-bronze” culture at BetaKit Town Hall 

WATCH: Vantage points panel with four Canadian tech founders

Pulse check: BetaKit Town Hall attendees discuss the state of Canadian tech and where it needs to go 

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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.

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