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The CanCon Podcast is a weekly podcast covering important Canadian tech news, as well as some global tech topics from a Canadian perspective!

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Can coding education save Canada from tech brain drain? | CanCon ep. 127

It's a Canadian coding extravaganza! A special guest lineup joins to answer two questions: - Can coding education save Canada from tech brain drain? - Do 'top developer' lists contribute to toxic coding culture? Special guests: Melissa Sariffodeen - co-founder/CEO, Canada Learning Code Jeremy Shaki - co-founder, Lighthouse Labs Rohan Nair - Senior Technology Director, Highline BETA Sage Franch - co-founder, Crescendo Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Give It Up" by The Beaches Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

56mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 118: BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman and Pando's Sarah Lacy at True North

CanCon interviews BuzzFeed fake news expert Craig Silverman, and Pando Media founder and CEO Sarah Lacy, at True North 2018. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "O Canada" by Calixa Lavallée (English words by Robert Stanley Weir) Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

1hr 7mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 120: Canadian tech's forgotten sector + Rob's upset at Apple

Patrick returns from E3 and WWDC to talk about the Canadian tech sector that never gets any love from Canadian tech; Erin digs deep into #SportsTwitter PR snafus; Rob is upset at Apple for its lack of innovation. Guest stars: Freelance tech reporters Josh McConnell; the Premier of Bermuda (wait for it). Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I'm upset" by Drake Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

53mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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Can Canada compete globally in food tech? | CanCon ep. 133

HelloFresh has acquired Chefs Plate. Ritual has raised the cash to go big-time. Can Canada compete at food tech? Urbery founder Mudit Rawat joins to answer the question. Plus: our favourite food apps! Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "A Thousand Ways" by Steve St. Pierre Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

45mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Is your tech company slowly killing you? | CanCon ep. 131

Why everyone listening to this podcast should read James Wallace's story about how running his tech company almost killed him. Tech reporter Josh McConnell also joins to explain why people keep referencing our FOMO episode after Apple's new phone announcements. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "The Silence Came After" by Claude Munson Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

49mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Why Canadian developers are pissed at Facebook | CanCon ep. 138

Sage Franch (Crescendo) and Rohan Nair (Highline BETA) join to explain why the recent (and continual) Facebook revelations have the two developers so upset - and why they don't know what to do about it. A special conversation about developer ethics ensues. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Everything You've Done Wrong" by Sloan Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

58mins

6 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Montréal's bet on OSMO + what Canada's VC numbers are lacking | CanCon Ep. 123

Live from Startupfest: Patrick Gagné joins to explain how OSMO and the Québec government plan to build a Communitech in Montréal; Lauren Robinson and Jill Earthy join to parse the recent Female Funders report on the lack of diversity in Canadian venture capital. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Gathering Storm" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

53mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 116: Why people are pissed about Wavefront + what's influencer marketing?

This week: Wavefront goes under, requiring a history lesson on CAIP and government tech funding; Erin lectures on influencer marketing; Matt Roberts of SUV joins to talk with Rob about the 'Canadian Series A round'. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "I will remember you" by Sarah McLachlan Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

59mins

20 May 2018

Rank #8

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The Canadian tech stories we don't talk about enough | CanCon Ep. 122

Communitech's Chris Plunkett joins to help give shine to the Canadian tech stories we don't often discuss: the great Canadian tech apps that rarely make the headlines; the dearth of Canadian tech reporting; an ecosystem more in love with its own narrative than winning. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Tokyo Summer" by Mounties Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

57mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Canadian tech is leaving money on the table | CanCon ep. 136

Erin Bury lists the grants Canadian entrepreneurs could and should be using (with some pro tips). ScaleUP Ventures partner Matt Roberts joins to answer the question 'when is it wrong for an investor to ask a company to sell?' following BetaKit's exclusive on the curfuffle around EVP and Uken Games. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Canada in my Pocket" by Michael Mitchell / "Coins" by Tri Angels Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

52mins

3 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 121: Paddy Cosgrave on bringing Collision to Canada

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave shares how the Prime Minister and a former diplomat convinced him to bring Collision to Canada; the team ponders how many lives the CryptoKitties have left; is IGTV the new YouTube for the 'gram generation? Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "The Cat Came Back" by Fred Penner Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

1hr 2mins

26 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 113: Do you stream, bro? Ninja does (and Drake, too)

Josh McConnell and Repable co-founder Heather Anne Ritchie join for a special episode dedicated to understanding the explosion of video game streaming and the toxic culture that might destroy it. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Hotline Bling" by Drake Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

1hr

30 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 119: 500 Startups is back in Canada + Microsoft bought GitHub

This week: 500 Startups is back in Canada - what does that mean for the ecosystem and is everyone cool with Dave McClure still (kinda) being involved? Why did Microsoft buy GitHub? Plus, Erin provides tech PR tips on when not to "have the D." Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Spokane" by The Tourist Company Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

49mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 114: Facebook matchmaker + what to expect from Google I/O

This week: evaluating Facebook's f8 announcements from boring (more video chat!) to creepy (VR dating?); what might happen at the forthcoming Google I/O, including a streamlined roadmap for its messaging mess. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Nice to Luv You" by 54-40 Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

43mins

6 May 2018

Rank #14

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 115: Shopify United + Google's crazy AI + everyone loves Canada

Harley Finkelstein, Shopify's COO, joins to talk about the company's Unite developer conference. Freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to freak out about Google's Duplex AI demo; old curmudgeon David Crow joins to share his optimism for the Canadian tech ecosystem. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Trust Issues" by Drake Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

1hr 10mins

15 May 2018

Rank #15

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Why did 500 Canadians fly to Lisbon in November? | CanCon ep. 135

200 of those Canadians were part of a tech delegation to Web Summit. BetaKit tagged along. Hear from delegates from Jauntin', RBC, and the City of Toronto on why heading to Lisbon was so important, and what it means for Collision in Canada in 2019. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Flying" by Bryan Adams Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

40mins

20 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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The tech scooter bubble is coming to Canada | CanCon Ep. 124

Patrick explains how Lime and Bird ruined his last trip to SF right before they come to ruin Canadian cities; Erin commits to starting a Google doc and praises the federal government; Sarah Stockdale joins to discuss how Toronto can improve support for women entrepreneurs; Douglas says goodbye to his adopted son. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Know Yourself" by Drake Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

47mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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CanCon Podcast Ep. 117: Should I unplug my Amazon Echo (and other tech questions)?

CanCon's Tech AMA returns, answering the questions: should I unplug my Amazon Echo? How should the government support the Canadian tech ecosystem? Why did the Essential Phone fail? Is wireless charging for real? Will automation replace your job? Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Money City Maniacs" by Sloan Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

39mins

28 May 2018

Rank #18

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Tech productivity tips | CanCon ep. 128

Tech can't help you manage your productivity unless you're also managing yourself. Here's a bunch of tips to help you do both. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Old Man" by Neil Young Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

52mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Why smart cities need HEART | CanCon ep. 130

Futurist Nikolas Badminton joins to explain the elements required in the smart cities of the future, while evaluating the political and practical tensions surrounding the smart cities currently being built - like the Sidewalk Toronto Quayside project. Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): "Modern World" by Wolf Parade Ad music: "Dreams" by Joakim Karud

46mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #20