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While we don't live in igloos and put maple syrup on everything, we sure can build some of the world's finest technology-based companies. Who would've thought? Powered by you, fuelled with timmies, join us as we unpack bombs of industry knowledge from Canada's leading startup founders, CEO's, investors and others involved in growing the startup ecosystem up North! Whether you have your own startup, work at one or interested in Canada's growing tech scene, join us every week for new episodes.

Latest Episodes

Dr. Santa Ono (President of UBC) on British Columbia's Digital Technology Supercluster

Dr. Ono served as the 28thPresidentof theUniversity of Cincinnatiand is currently the 15th President andVice Chancellorof theUniversity of British Columbia. Tune in to learn more about: -Dr. Ono's experience in the State of Ohio as the President of UC and working with local leaders to move the needle for the state, and similarities to his position as President of UBC; -his view on British Columbia's rapidly growing tech scene and the challenges that come with establishing and fostering a global supercluster; -BC’s ability to position itself as a world-class innovation ecosystem by leveraging its unique talent/expertise inquantum computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mixed and augmented reality; -The impact Bill Gates has had on Dr. Ono If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this page. For more information on Dr. Santa Ono and the University of British Columbia, please visit www.president.ubc.c...

26 min2017 NOV 14
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Dr. Santa Ono (President of UBC) on British Columbia's Digital Technology Supercluster

Amy Rae (Principal @ Vanedge Capital) on her Path to Venture Capital

EAmy Rae is a Principal at Vanedge Capital and is focused on investing in SaaS businesses and Digital Media technologies. Prior to joining Vanedge, Amy was a Vice President with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsiblefor the development of their local search apps and new product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages Canada. At both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses. Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an Associate with JLA Venture Partners and as an Analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector. Amy’s career has been entirely focussed on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Amy is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the Canadian startup community. She is a Board member of the Vancouver Enterprise F...

27 min2017 SEP 8
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Amy Rae (Principal @ Vanedge Capital) on her Path to Venture Capital

Lisa Shields (Founder/CEO @FI.SPAN) on her Startup War Stories!

Lisa Shields is the Founder ofHyperwalletSystems Inc. Lisa guided Hyperwalletfrom a technology startup to the leading international payments processor for business to consumer mass payouts.Prior to founding Hyperwallet, Lisa managed payments acceptance and risk management technology teams for high-volume online merchants.She holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Engineering from MIT and was a founding director of the Wireless Innovation Society of British Columbia.A firm believer in inclusive commerce and digital payments, Lisa is driven by the social and economic imperatives that shape global payment technologies. She speaks frequently and passionately on the importance of low-cost, compliant cross-border payment methods and is constantly looking for new ways to effectively and efficiently service the world’s underbanked population. Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media b...

25 min2017 AUG 18
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Lisa Shields (Founder/CEO @FI.SPAN) on her Startup War Stories!

Boris Wertz (Partner @ Version One Ventures) on the Rise of Decentralized Marketplaces

Boris is one of the top tech early stage investors in North America. He’s the founding partner of Version One Ventures and is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz. Before making the jump to venture capital, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com which was ultimately acquired by Amazon in 2008. In This Episode You Will Learn: how marketplace models have changed over time; the similaritiesand differences in evaluating cryptocurrencies versus traditional startups; whether it's necessary to have operating experience to be successful in venture capital; and insight into the main differences between the operator and investor mindset. Resources Mentioned: Definition of Success: "Being happy with what you have achieved and the goals you had set beforehand" Most Valuable Book:Tools of Titans byTimothy Ferriss Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this page. F...

25 min2017 AUG 10
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Boris Wertz (Partner @ Version One Ventures) on the Rise of Decentralized Marketplaces

Hussein Hallak (GM @Launch Academy) on Branding Vancouver as a Top Tech Hub

EHussein Hallak is the General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy which is one of Western Canada’s leading incubator and accelerator. Since 2012, they’ve had more than 500 startups incubated, over $100 million dollars raised, and over 1000 entrepreneurs mentored and trained. Outside of Launch Academy, Hussein is an Executive Director at The Indus Entrepreneurs Vancouver, Instructor at Capilano University, and a Technology Panelist on Roundhouse Radio. He has been featured in Forbes, BBC, DailyHive, and other outlets. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why entrepreneurs make horrible employees; the most common mistake entrepreneurs make and how they can get ahead; Vancouver's path to being a top 10 tech hub; and Launch Academy's hairy audacious goal on mentoring over 100,000 entrepreneurs to grow their businesses! Resources Mentioned: Definition of Success: "Peace of mind knowing that you've given it all" Most Valuable Book: Great by Choice - Jim Collins Thanks for listening! If...

20 min2017 JUL 27
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Hussein Hallak (GM @Launch Academy) on Branding Vancouver as a Top Tech Hub

Blair Simonite (Director - e@UBC) on the University's Role in Kickstarting Businesses

Blair Simoniteis a technology industry executive with over 30 years of operational and financial management experience building growth foundations for firms ranging from tech startups to multinationals. He is the Program Director for Entrepreneurship at UBC (e@UBC) and is an instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business within the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track. e@UBC aims to help innovative UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni to create viable commercial and impact ventures. In This Episode You Will Learn: Blair’s role in creating a repeatable model for coupling science-based ventures with a solid business foundation; Why university incubators are an important addition to for-credit courses to help get ideas/ventures off the ground; What it takes to get Seed funding and the things the program looks for specifically in ventures; and Why Blair would start a company if he could go back to his twenties! Resources Mentioned: Most Valuable Book: Value Proposition Design One ...

19 min2017 JUL 13
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Blair Simonite (Director - e@UBC) on the University's Role in Kickstarting Businesses

Sean Burke (COO @FrontFundr) on Investment Crowdfunding's Place in the Private Markets!

Sean Burke is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at a Vancouver-based FinTech startup called FrontFundr. The company strives to make it easier for early-stage ventures to raise money by giving them access to the sources of capital, the investors. Prior to joining FrontFundr, Sean was at Pricewaterhousecoopers for five years he won numerous awards before getting the startup bug! In This Episode You Will Learn: How Sean made the transition from PWC to jumping into a startup and the key learnings from that; What basketball has taught Sean and allowed him to be successful away from the court; The challenges associated with bringing an unconventional model to the market; Tips on the best approaches for the dreaded fundraising process; and Why expectation setting is so important, especially for near-graduating millennials! Resources Mentioned: Most Valuable Book: The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom lis...

21 min2017 JUL 6
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Sean Burke (COO @FrontFundr) on Investment Crowdfunding's Place in the Private Markets!

Lewis Gelmon (President/CEO @ Johnny Rockets Canada) on the Importance of Making HR Your Competitive Advantage!

If you’re a fan of pizza in Canada then Lewis may have had a hand in it, as he was instrumental in expanding Domino’s Pizza in the 1990s across Canada in a big way. Now, Lewis Gelmon is looking to do the same thing with Johnny Rockets! Lewis is the President and CEO of JR Canada Restaurant Group which is the master franchisee for Johnny Rockets Canada. The team has raised $6.7 million dollars as a way to fuel jumpstart their 100 store expansion efforts. Prior to this, Lewis was introduced to and assisted Johnny Rockets’ corporate stores and franchisees across the United States with their leasing needs. It was through his close working relationship with senior management and love of the brand that Lewis sought the rights to bring Johnny Rockets to Canada! In This Episode You Will Learn:How Lewis’ experience with bringing Domino’s to Canada taught him the importance of preserving the Americana of the brand but to do it with a Canadian management style; Why Lewis and the team deci...

19 min2017 JUN 29
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Lewis Gelmon (President/CEO @ Johnny Rockets Canada) on the Importance of Making HR Your Competitive Advantage!

Mark Proudfoot (Director @CDL-West) on CDL's Success in Helping Ventures Create More than 1 billion in Equity Value!

Mark Proudfoot is a reformed management consultant and serves as the Director of Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)-West, a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science based ventures! Since inception at the University of Toronto in 2012, ventures who have gone through the program have gone on to create over $1bn in equity value! Prior to joining the lab, Mark founded and operated a successful e-commerce venture, held a senior management role in a Fintech startup, and obtained an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Mark specializes in building, operating, and advising early stage companies. In This Episode You Will Learn: The powerful and undeniable benefits that the Creative Destruction Lab network provides early-stage ventures; What Mark and the CDL team looks for in early-stage ventures in order to grant admission into the program; The process innovators take to discovering product-market fit for the technology they have built; and How ...

18 min2017 JUN 22
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Mark Proudfoot (Director @CDL-West) on CDL's Success in Helping Ventures Create More than 1 billion in Equity Value!

Melissa Kwan (CEO @Spacio) on the Real Estate Tech Market and Why Entrepreneurs Make Horrible Employees!

Melissa Kwan is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Spacio, a real estate tech company that is disrupting the real estate market with a simple and easy-to-use solution for automating visitor registration. The company has a number of established clients in the space including the Corcoran Group, Sutton Group, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. In This Episode You Will Learn:How Melissa made the transition from SAP to starting her first real estate tech company; Why entrepreneurs make horrible employees!; The challenges and obstacles Melissa faces as Spacio looks to scale in a relatively slowly-evolving industry; Why undying persistence is absolutely critical in the lonely journey of a startup founder; and Reasons for considering starting a career in a traditional corporate environment before making the jump to start-up land Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this...

18 min2017 JUN 15
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Melissa Kwan (CEO @Spacio) on the Real Estate Tech Market and Why Entrepreneurs Make Horrible Employees!
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Latest Episodes

Dr. Santa Ono (President of UBC) on British Columbia's Digital Technology Supercluster

Dr. Ono served as the 28thPresidentof theUniversity of Cincinnatiand is currently the 15th President andVice Chancellorof theUniversity of British Columbia. Tune in to learn more about: -Dr. Ono's experience in the State of Ohio as the President of UC and working with local leaders to move the needle for the state, and similarities to his position as President of UBC; -his view on British Columbia's rapidly growing tech scene and the challenges that come with establishing and fostering a global supercluster; -BC’s ability to position itself as a world-class innovation ecosystem by leveraging its unique talent/expertise inquantum computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mixed and augmented reality; -The impact Bill Gates has had on Dr. Ono If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this page. For more information on Dr. Santa Ono and the University of British Columbia, please visit www.president.ubc.c...

26 min2017 NOV 14
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Dr. Santa Ono (President of UBC) on British Columbia's Digital Technology Supercluster

Amy Rae (Principal @ Vanedge Capital) on her Path to Venture Capital

EAmy Rae is a Principal at Vanedge Capital and is focused on investing in SaaS businesses and Digital Media technologies. Prior to joining Vanedge, Amy was a Vice President with Ziplocal (USA) where she was responsiblefor the development of their local search apps and new product rollout. Prior to that, she held the position of Director of Business Development at Canpages Canada. At both companies, she leveraged her deal-making and relationship building skills to attract and broker new partnerships to enhance their online local search businesses. Amy’s previous venture capital experience was as an Associate with JLA Venture Partners and as an Analyst with Latitude Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm focused on the technology sector. Amy’s career has been entirely focussed on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Amy is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and supporting the Canadian startup community. She is a Board member of the Vancouver Enterprise F...

27 min2017 SEP 8
Comments
Amy Rae (Principal @ Vanedge Capital) on her Path to Venture Capital

Lisa Shields (Founder/CEO @FI.SPAN) on her Startup War Stories!

Lisa Shields is the Founder ofHyperwalletSystems Inc. Lisa guided Hyperwalletfrom a technology startup to the leading international payments processor for business to consumer mass payouts.Prior to founding Hyperwallet, Lisa managed payments acceptance and risk management technology teams for high-volume online merchants.She holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Engineering from MIT and was a founding director of the Wireless Innovation Society of British Columbia.A firm believer in inclusive commerce and digital payments, Lisa is driven by the social and economic imperatives that shape global payment technologies. She speaks frequently and passionately on the importance of low-cost, compliant cross-border payment methods and is constantly looking for new ways to effectively and efficiently service the world’s underbanked population. Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media b...

25 min2017 AUG 18
Comments
Lisa Shields (Founder/CEO @FI.SPAN) on her Startup War Stories!

Boris Wertz (Partner @ Version One Ventures) on the Rise of Decentralized Marketplaces

Boris is one of the top tech early stage investors in North America. He’s the founding partner of Version One Ventures and is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz. Before making the jump to venture capital, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com which was ultimately acquired by Amazon in 2008. In This Episode You Will Learn: how marketplace models have changed over time; the similaritiesand differences in evaluating cryptocurrencies versus traditional startups; whether it's necessary to have operating experience to be successful in venture capital; and insight into the main differences between the operator and investor mindset. Resources Mentioned: Definition of Success: "Being happy with what you have achieved and the goals you had set beforehand" Most Valuable Book:Tools of Titans byTimothy Ferriss Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this page. F...

25 min2017 AUG 10
Comments
Boris Wertz (Partner @ Version One Ventures) on the Rise of Decentralized Marketplaces

Hussein Hallak (GM @Launch Academy) on Branding Vancouver as a Top Tech Hub

EHussein Hallak is the General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy which is one of Western Canada’s leading incubator and accelerator. Since 2012, they’ve had more than 500 startups incubated, over $100 million dollars raised, and over 1000 entrepreneurs mentored and trained. Outside of Launch Academy, Hussein is an Executive Director at The Indus Entrepreneurs Vancouver, Instructor at Capilano University, and a Technology Panelist on Roundhouse Radio. He has been featured in Forbes, BBC, DailyHive, and other outlets. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why entrepreneurs make horrible employees; the most common mistake entrepreneurs make and how they can get ahead; Vancouver's path to being a top 10 tech hub; and Launch Academy's hairy audacious goal on mentoring over 100,000 entrepreneurs to grow their businesses! Resources Mentioned: Definition of Success: "Peace of mind knowing that you've given it all" Most Valuable Book: Great by Choice - Jim Collins Thanks for listening! If...

20 min2017 JUL 27
Comments
Hussein Hallak (GM @Launch Academy) on Branding Vancouver as a Top Tech Hub

Blair Simonite (Director - e@UBC) on the University's Role in Kickstarting Businesses

Blair Simoniteis a technology industry executive with over 30 years of operational and financial management experience building growth foundations for firms ranging from tech startups to multinationals. He is the Program Director for Entrepreneurship at UBC (e@UBC) and is an instructor at the UBC Sauder School of Business within the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track. e@UBC aims to help innovative UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni to create viable commercial and impact ventures. In This Episode You Will Learn: Blair’s role in creating a repeatable model for coupling science-based ventures with a solid business foundation; Why university incubators are an important addition to for-credit courses to help get ideas/ventures off the ground; What it takes to get Seed funding and the things the program looks for specifically in ventures; and Why Blair would start a company if he could go back to his twenties! Resources Mentioned: Most Valuable Book: Value Proposition Design One ...

19 min2017 JUL 13
Comments
Blair Simonite (Director - e@UBC) on the University's Role in Kickstarting Businesses

Sean Burke (COO @FrontFundr) on Investment Crowdfunding's Place in the Private Markets!

Sean Burke is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at a Vancouver-based FinTech startup called FrontFundr. The company strives to make it easier for early-stage ventures to raise money by giving them access to the sources of capital, the investors. Prior to joining FrontFundr, Sean was at Pricewaterhousecoopers for five years he won numerous awards before getting the startup bug! In This Episode You Will Learn: How Sean made the transition from PWC to jumping into a startup and the key learnings from that; What basketball has taught Sean and allowed him to be successful away from the court; The challenges associated with bringing an unconventional model to the market; Tips on the best approaches for the dreaded fundraising process; and Why expectation setting is so important, especially for near-graduating millennials! Resources Mentioned: Most Valuable Book: The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom lis...

21 min2017 JUL 6
Comments
Sean Burke (COO @FrontFundr) on Investment Crowdfunding's Place in the Private Markets!

Lewis Gelmon (President/CEO @ Johnny Rockets Canada) on the Importance of Making HR Your Competitive Advantage!

If you’re a fan of pizza in Canada then Lewis may have had a hand in it, as he was instrumental in expanding Domino’s Pizza in the 1990s across Canada in a big way. Now, Lewis Gelmon is looking to do the same thing with Johnny Rockets! Lewis is the President and CEO of JR Canada Restaurant Group which is the master franchisee for Johnny Rockets Canada. The team has raised $6.7 million dollars as a way to fuel jumpstart their 100 store expansion efforts. Prior to this, Lewis was introduced to and assisted Johnny Rockets’ corporate stores and franchisees across the United States with their leasing needs. It was through his close working relationship with senior management and love of the brand that Lewis sought the rights to bring Johnny Rockets to Canada! In This Episode You Will Learn:How Lewis’ experience with bringing Domino’s to Canada taught him the importance of preserving the Americana of the brand but to do it with a Canadian management style; Why Lewis and the team deci...

19 min2017 JUN 29
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Lewis Gelmon (President/CEO @ Johnny Rockets Canada) on the Importance of Making HR Your Competitive Advantage!

Mark Proudfoot (Director @CDL-West) on CDL's Success in Helping Ventures Create More than 1 billion in Equity Value!

Mark Proudfoot is a reformed management consultant and serves as the Director of Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)-West, a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science based ventures! Since inception at the University of Toronto in 2012, ventures who have gone through the program have gone on to create over $1bn in equity value! Prior to joining the lab, Mark founded and operated a successful e-commerce venture, held a senior management role in a Fintech startup, and obtained an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Mark specializes in building, operating, and advising early stage companies. In This Episode You Will Learn: The powerful and undeniable benefits that the Creative Destruction Lab network provides early-stage ventures; What Mark and the CDL team looks for in early-stage ventures in order to grant admission into the program; The process innovators take to discovering product-market fit for the technology they have built; and How ...

18 min2017 JUN 22
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Mark Proudfoot (Director @CDL-West) on CDL's Success in Helping Ventures Create More than 1 billion in Equity Value!

Melissa Kwan (CEO @Spacio) on the Real Estate Tech Market and Why Entrepreneurs Make Horrible Employees!

Melissa Kwan is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Spacio, a real estate tech company that is disrupting the real estate market with a simple and easy-to-use solution for automating visitor registration. The company has a number of established clients in the space including the Corcoran Group, Sutton Group, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. In This Episode You Will Learn:How Melissa made the transition from SAP to starting her first real estate tech company; Why entrepreneurs make horrible employees!; The challenges and obstacles Melissa faces as Spacio looks to scale in a relatively slowly-evolving industry; Why undying persistence is absolutely critical in the lonely journey of a startup founder; and Reasons for considering starting a career in a traditional corporate environment before making the jump to start-up land Thanks for listening! If youenjoyed this episode and think that others could benefitfrom listening, pleaseshare itusing the social media buttons on this...

18 min2017 JUN 15
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Melissa Kwan (CEO @Spacio) on the Real Estate Tech Market and Why Entrepreneurs Make Horrible Employees!
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