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A wake for BuzzFeed, Gawker, Vice with CANADALAND’s Jonathan Goldsbie
“That is a deeply unhealthy way to live and to work and it’s ultimately not a successful way to sustain a publication.” CANADALAND news editor Jonathan Goldsbie joins to discuss the rampant demise of digital media publications launched in the 2000s and how they compare to the slow death of traditional media. Advice for aspiring young journalists comes mixed with an investigation of the ideal media business model in 2023. Sponsored by Goodlawyer, your one-stop shop for all your corporate, commercial, and IP legal needs.
What's next for Shopify?
"This announcement communicated two things: this thing we're getting rid of isn't primary to our mission—it's a side quest, we don't actually care about this; and we have a cultural problem at our company with who we've hired and what they're focused on." Madeline Stone, retail and e-commerce writer for Business Insider, joins to discuss the future of Shopify's "main quest" after cutting staff and selling off its logistics division. Co-hosts Rob & Doug then take over to discuss whether or not Shopify is the victim of Canada's tall poppy syndrome. Sponsored by Goodlawyer, your one-stop shop for all your corporate, commercial, and IP legal needs.
Do the feds have an innovation strategy? (AMA episode)
"I don't necessarily know if the government understands what an innovation strategy is." Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) president Ben Bergen joins to answer listener-submitted questions about: the Canada Innovation Corporation, open banking, SR&ED reform, and why the feds are so behind on so many innovation files. Warning: listening to this podcast could be hazardous to your health while playing any "innovation policy" drinking games. Sponsored by Goodlawyer, your one-stop shop for all your corporate, commercial, and IP legal needs.
YouTuber Dan Olson (Folding Ideas) on internet grifts and how he hunts them
"We have industrialized grift in a way that is kind of unprecedented in human history." Canadian YouTuber Dan Olson (Folding Ideas) explains his battle against internet grifts, how his career changed after a viral video on NFTs, why Bill C-11 is a "legislative mess" and the future is a dead mall. Sponsored by Goodlawyer.
Revisiting BlackBerry's extraordinary rise and spectacular fall
"Once Apple showed up, BlackBerry had to do everything right and get on it on the double. And they did everything wrong." "And for whatever reason we thought, oh, there's something to this story that feels funny to us." Losing the Signal co-author Sean Silcoff and BlackBerry producer and co-writer Matthew Miller join to discuss Canada's former tech darling ahead of the forthcoming major motion picture release. Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Read the Deal Points Report: Venture Capital Financings.