Back in 2016, BetaKit was really bummed by the lack of podcast options focusing on Canadian tech, so we launched CanCon. Two whole years later, our plucky little pod has hit its 100th episode.
I would like to thank Erin Bury, Patrick O'Rourke, and Rob Kenedi for being co-hosts in crime since the beginning. Robyn Edgar for suffering my Creative Dictatorship and making our voices sound so sexy. Alexander Peh for letting me walk into his office with a pitch and walk out with our first presenting sponsor.
Varun MathurCongratulations to the team!
These are moments of reflection for local Big Co.s - why is it that we never hear about them partnering/engaging in M&As with local startups in their space. News I don't read enough is "Canadian big co. acquires or partners with innovative Canadian startup".
Brady BurkeCool stuff - Price comparison for financial products is big business in the UK and key part of customer journey unlike Canada. I work with a number of them (money super market’s competitors haha) on their ads strategy if you want to chat!
If you are late to the blockchain/crypto party like I am -- you might find my notes here useful..
We are in an era of "crypto-driven" business model disruption; liquidity events have inverted with ICOs ($ -> build value; from build value -> $); there has been almost a trillion $ in wealth created through cryptocurrencies; a lot of ups and downs.
In this I make the case for learning the key long-term lesson from bitcoin: design well-structured, self-supporting incentive system for your product/service. The concepts around how cryptography is used and decentralization are tangential to the underlying message.
Overall, blockchain is best used sparingly, and best used with reward tokens. It is an extremely inefficient system compared to a regular relational database and a huge distraction from building out the product's core value proposition.
Julie HachéI've been a member for a few years. I haven't found a place where I can be more productive than here. It's also great for meetings, but not being able to make calls could be a pain. I travel a lot so the multi-city membership is worth it for me.
Erin BuryI’m a member! I don’t use it like the cool kids (evenings & weekends) - I go for a lot of breakfast and lunch meetings. I find it’s worth it if you want a spot to take meetings/clients that’s a cool, with a good vibe and good drinks/food. It’s also a great place to work remotely (aside from not being able to take phone calls except in the halls/reception are). We’ve also hosted events there & they have great spaces to leverage. I actually know two companies who use Soho as their office - they get each employee a membership instead of paying office rent - employees are jazzed that they get a membership, and Soho likes it because they get more people in on weekdays (their slow time) - they can receive your mail, do printing/mailing/etc, and book spaces for boardrooms. They also do a ton of events, movie screenings, parties, etc. But I have to admit I don’t use it for that often. And I’ve been to NYC and Miami houses but that’s it - but only for parties, not for work. With a Toronto membership you get access to Chicago - otherwise you have to get the all-house membership (more expensive) - I don’t travel enough to need it, but I imagine it’s handy if you do travel a lot since most of the global houses have hotels attached to them. Hope this helps & happy to answer any more questions!!
Alex De BoldJulie Haché, Pete Forde, Erin Bury are 100% right. If you were in Miami just half a day longer I could have shown you Soho Beach house. It's our second year visiting and it really can't be beat. We were hanging out the pool or beach and a cool Cuban trio was playing during Sunday brunch. I've also been to NYC's Soho House which is 5x the size and impressive. Food is awesome, people are awesome. If it's about combing a great work space and a place to hang out with other like minded folks it can't be beat. Starbucks and Wework be dammed. It's kind of my unofficial mission to visit as many of the houses I can - Barcelona and Berlin are high on the list!
Swathi MohanDefinitely worth it. I travel a lot for work to the other cities with houses. Always feels like home.
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Andrew JenkinsI am an international member and have found it to be a more cost effective solution than paying for a co-working space if you don’t need meeting rooms. Great for hosting client and prospect meetings. Finally, I recoup much of the cost because of the free screenings on the weekends
Paul Jeffrey CroweThe savings on hotels in NYC, Chicago, London, Istanbul, etc is worth it alone. It’s tough to find an equal quality hotel at the same price in the same neighborhoods. I also travel solo a lot so having a friendly place to hang out and work, and a menu you know has a few familiar dishes is always appreciated by myself.
What are all the cool kids using to stay up to date on events in the Toronto and KWC area? I am subscribed to Startup Digest for those areas, but there is now radio silence there. The mailing lists no longer come and the calendars are blank. That said, they seemed to collbaorting with tech stars and have all these great reading lists they send now, but those aren’t about events. ... See MoreSee Less
Alexander NormanJoin our mailing list at TechToronto.org we will be starting to curate a list of events in Toronto/KW on a monthly basis and yes it will include events other than our own. Likewise if you want your event to be included in our list email as at [email protected]
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