Now playing: 25 podcast episodes with insights from BC tech leaders
For a crash course on topics like scaling and ecosystem building, check out our curated library of episodes that feature local innovators, investors and entrepreneurs.
Earlier this year, we shared our picks for the smartest 20 business tech podcasts in Vancouver. At the time, we acknowledged that podcasts have never been bigger (“a $9.28 billion (USD) industry”) and that Vancouver’s pod-economy has high-performers in show producers JAR Audio and Pacific Content.
Now, as daily commutes and long-distance travel makes a comeback, we have some new recommendations ready—but not shows. Today, we’re pointing you to specific episodes with the goal of helping you level up in a few key topic areas like scaling, ecosystem building, disruption and innovation. For a crash course in these areas and more, check out our curated library below that features local innovators, investors and entrepreneurs. Happy listening.
Scaling your startup
Michael Cheng, Lumen5’s co-founder and CEO, joined the Afternoon “T” podcast to discuss growing his online video creation platform to over 750,000 users worldwide.
Alex Popa, co-founder of BOAST.ai, joined the Founder Journeys podcast to discuss his beginnings, how he got into R&D Tax and how he raised an impressive $30 million with one investor.
Commit co-founder and CTO Beier Cai joined the Unleashed Podcast to discuss growing his company, a remote-first community for software engineers.
Venture capital and investing
Brenda Irwin, managing partner at Relentless Venture Fund, joined the National Pharmaceutical Congress podcast to discuss venture capital and angel investing in the life sciences, disrupting the standard of care status quo, and preventive health venture funds.
DH Kim, founder and CEO of the digital securities marketplace Finhaven, joined Rob Tétrault to discuss trends in capital markets.
Leah Nguyen, Investment Director for the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, was a guest on Canada’s Podcast to discuss social impact investing.
Maria Pacella, managing partner at Pender Ventures, joined the Afternoon “T” podcast to discuss investing in the next leaders of tech.
Pacella was joined by Stephanie Andrew, founding partner of Women’s Equity Lab, on the latest Pender Ventures Podcast.
Hirad Motamed, CTO and Co-founder of Dr. Bill, joined the Founder Journeys podcast to discuss pivoting and dealing with high-pressure situations as an entrepreneur.
Vivian Chan, global head of digital sales for NexTech AR Solutions, joined the Everything VR & AR podcast to discuss her vision for a future that is enabled and improved through the power of virtual and augmented reality.
Tony Bevilacqua, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Cognitive 3D joined the VRAR Association Podcast to discuss the power of utilizing metrics in AR/VR.
Cleantech and life sciences
Hydra Energy CEO Jessica Verhagen joined The Tech Talks Daily Podcast to discuss her company’s innovation that converts trucks to run on hydrogen.
Matidor.com co-founders Sean Huang and Vincent Lam joined the Energy ScaleUps podcast to discuss their product, which can help clients reduce their environmental footprint.
Dr. Carl Hansen, CEO of AbCellera, joined John Stackhouse on the Disruptors podcast to discuss the road ahead for Canada’s burgeoning biotech industry.
Bill Tam, co-founder and COO of the Digital Technology Supercluster, joined the Mark Hunt Podcast to discuss demand-driven innovation ecosystems.
Vivian Chan, operations manager at Yell Canada, joined the Unleashed Podcast to discuss building relationships and networks within the startup ecosystem.
Jill Tipping, president and CEO of BC Tech Association, joined the From The Trenches Podcast to discuss the ScaleUp BC initiative, the sector’s need for senior leadership and local success stories.
Disruption and innovation
Boris Wertz, founding partner at Version One Ventures, joined the Med Faber Show to discuss marketplaces, NFTs and a golden age for technology.
Kim Kaplan, founder and CEO of Snack, joined Chris Hobbs on the Afternoon “T” podcast to discuss disrupting the dating industry and being a video-first app that caters to Gen Z.
Clio CEO Jack Newton joined the Digital Digital podcast to discuss Transforming the Legal Industry.
Andrew Mosawi, president of iATS Payments, joined Kenndal McArdle on the Pender Ventures podcast to discuss crypto, innovation and the future of money.
Marketing and growth
Brittany Hull, vice president of marketing at Earth's Own Food Company, joined the What's Working in Marketing podcast by RightMetric to discuss her views on innovation and how marketers can properly utilize this tactic within their digital strategy.
Quietly CEO Sean Tyson joined the Marketing News Canada podcast to discuss advertising strategy and thinking with an editorial mindset.
Keela CEO Nejeed Kassam joined Andrew Mosawi on the Contributions podcast to discuss how nonprofits are beholden to unfair metrics for results and how important it is for them to advocate for tracking the right metrics to allow for innovation and growth.
Identity and security
Trulioo COO Zac Cohen joined the PayPod: The Payments and Fintech Podcast to discuss identity verification tools.
Anna Sainsbury, chairwoman of GeoComply, joined the Afternoon "T" Podcast to discuss her company, which specializes in geolocation security.
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