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Is Canada the next global leader in tech? Yes.

Some of today’s biggest game-changing startups call Canada home these days. This includes local high-growth companies  like Shopify, WattPad and Element A.I., which secured an eye-watering $135 million investment earlier this year.Even America’s top tech companies have pivoted north in recent years; lured by Canada’s thriving tech scene. Google, Uber and Microsoft have launched new satellite offices this year, while Amazon — the godfather of e-commerce — is considering Toronto for its new North American headquarters.

Canada on the world stage

 
These new developments may come as a surprise to some, but it really shouldn’t. Canada has one of the most liberal immigration policies in the world and some of the top tech incubators — which churn our new talent and companies every day — are located in the city. However, Toronto’s greatest strength lies in its talent base. Tech innovators attracted by our world-class institutions that include Google’s artificial intelligence lab and million-dollar Vector Institute bring with them investors and venture capitalists that help transform the city.

Of course, Canada’s quickly maturing tech landscape can be confusing. Enter: The DMZ. The startup incubator’s new podcast entitled BusinessCast powered by the DMZ tackles the latest in tech news and innovation.

The first episode in the series investigates Canada’s winning tech streak. Chartered accountant and host Robert Gold chats with DMZ Executive Director Abdullah Snobar about the state of tech entrepreneurship and, more importantly, why the world should care about Canadian startups.

Make sure to check out previous BusinessCast podcasts here. 

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Atomic expands Waterloo Region talent play under new brand ‘Terminal’

Atomic’s Waterloo Region talent experiment has proven so successful that it has decided to scale, using its Kitchener operation as a template for similar offices in Montreal, Vancouver and beyond.
The venture is called Terminal, and it officially launched Monday, with details described in a blog entry on Medium by Joe Lonsdale and Jack Abraham. Lonsdale is the founding partner of 8VC; Abraham is one of the founding partners at Atomic, a startup studio and investment firm headquartered in San Francisco.
Both will be on hand in Kitchener Wednesday night for a launch party being held at Terminal’s office, the former Vidyard headquarters on King Street.
Terminal aims to help technology companies find talent and establish a footprint outside the border of their own headquarters. It locates and hires talented people, establishes them in an office that is shared by Terminal’s staff, takes care of payroll process, and outfits the office with creature comforts, in exchange for a fee from client companies.
“We provide great real estate, we provide deep local knowledge in the recruiting and staffing areas, and we do all the back-office process, so as an employee or employer you’re able to build a team or become part of a team and

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How A Fitness Visionary Is Smashing Stereotypes One Prison Workout At A Time

No doubt you’ve heard the age-old saying:“starting from small beginnings.” Well, Coss Marte takes that adage to a whole new level with his success story, which he wowed audiences with at PSFK 2017—so much so that he got a standing ovation from the crowd. Sit back and prepare to hear a story that will remind you that people deserve a second chance and that if you have the drive and perseverance, nothing can stop you from turning your life around.

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How A Fitness Visionary Is Smashing Stereotypes One Prison Workout At A Time

No doubt you’ve heard the age-old saying:“starting from small beginnings.” Well, Coss Marte takes that adage to a whole new level with his success story, which he wowed audiences with at PSFK 2017—so much so that he got a standing ovation from the crowd. Sit back and prepare to hear a story that will remind you that people deserve a second chance and that if you have the drive and perseverance, nothing can stop you from turning your life around.

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The top 4 money podcasts every startup should listen to

Cash. Dough. Moolah. Money.

No matter what you call it, everyone wants it or is desperately trying to find a way to hold on to it. For entrepreneurs, a hefty serving of money can be the thin line that separates success from abject failure. Unfortunately getting (and staying) rich isn’t so easy and something people have been desperately trying to figure out for years.

Here’s a list of the best business podcasts that focus on money. They cover everything from money management to investor relations and the ins and outs of proper budgeting, so entrepreneurs can keep their company financially healthy.

Mostly Money With Preet Banerjee

The title says it all. This podcast will teach you everything you need to know about basic financial literacy. Whether it’s the best ways to organize expenses or budget for day-to-day finances, this program has it all.

If the name Banerjee seems familiar to you it’s because you’ve probably seen his name in print before. The TEDx speaker is a financial columnist for the Globe and Mail, money expert for the W Network and best-selling author behind a series of self-help books. If you’re interested in a money podcast that covers a wide range of issues then this show is for you. Head over here for the all the latest episodes.

Being Boss

Being Boss is a podcast designed with women entrepreneurs in mind. The show looks at ways entrepreneurs not only how to create great products, but continue “making bank” while doing it. The brainchildren behind this show — Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon — cover a wide range of topics like personal finance and money management. Although, not everything is strictly money-related. The duo cover other related topics, like the best strategies entrepreneurs can employ for finding new hires.

Bonus: These bosses put an emphasis on interviewing female innovators, so you’re sure to hear from some of the best women in the industry. Grab a coffee and listen to every episode on iTunes right now.

BusinessCast

Running a successful company is about more than just attracting the right investors. Robert Gold — a chartered accountant and host of BusinessCast — knows that better than most. Gold has spent three years interviewing some of Canada’s most innovative and successful entrepreneurs about their secrets for success. This program is more than just a look at run-of-the-mill finance problems. It also examines how companies should deal with the competition in a crowded tech market.

Engaging guests detail their struggles, journey to success and what it takes to maintain a competitive edge. With podcasts being on average only 15 minutes, it’s an easy, commitment-free way to learn something new while on the go. Check them out online here.

Entrepreneur on Fire

Entrepreneur on Fire is a must-listen for founders looking for fast and dirty tales about money pitfalls and successes. In every episode host John Lee Dumas features one new guest who details their money woes or wins and shares advice about what they’ve learned.

While sometimes their tips are a little too U.S.-focused there’s still great overall lessons to be learned. Listen to it here.

 

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Hacking the blockchain: ETHWaterloo crowns eight finalists at CIGI

Utilizing the template from Hack the North, organizers, judges and more than 400 developers and coders from around the world pushed the boundaries of blockchain technology over the weekend and then put a wrap on ETHWaterloo, billed as the world’s largest-to-date Ethereum hackathon.
Eight teams emerged as co-finalists at the 36-hour event, which took place at Shopify and CIGI, the Centre for International Governance Innovation. It attracted some of the biggest names in the rapidly emerging Ethereum sphere, including Russian-Canadian and former University of Waterloo student Vitalik Buterin and Canadian Joseph Lubin, who are credited with being two of the co-founders of the Ethereum concept.
“I’m very happy,” said the ETHWaterloo co-founder, Liam Horne, a former Buterin classmate at University of Waterloo who also is a co-founder of Hack the North, the annual student hackathon held at UW, the latest edition of which took place last month.
“We took the playbook from Hack the North, the community around Ethereum and community of Waterloo (Region) and pushed them all together and created what so far has turned out to be the greatest Ethereum developer event that I’ve ever seen,” said Horne.
“It’s been a dream come true, to be honest. I hope that it has

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The decentralized Internet: A Q&A with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin, born in born in Kolomna, Russia, moved to Toronto with his family in 1999, just before his sixth birthday. In 2013, at age 19, the former University of Waterloo student wrote what is known as the Ethereum white paper. Three-and-a-half years later Ethereum and its cyrptocurrency token payment system known as Ether, were worth US$7 billion and Buterin was being celebrated as its co-founder and one of the architects of Web 3.0.
Buterin was back in Waterloo this weekend where he delivered the keynote address and served as a judge at ETHWaterloo, billed as the world’s largest Ethereum hackathon.
Communitech News caught up with Buterin for a few minutes just before ETHWaterloo’s closing ceremony Sunday. He addressed his sudden fame, the future of blockchain, and the role that Waterloo can play in its development:
Q – Tell me about the weekend. What did you think?
A – It was great. I was happy to see so many people here and so much interest and attention.
Q – It must be good to be back in Waterloo …
A – It definitely is.
Q – You’ve achieved a great deal of fame very quickly. The Financial Post late last June called you the “cryptocurrency prophet.” What is it like

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ETHWaterloo set for 36-hour marathon of Ethereum-based hacking

More than 400 hackers from 32 countries take up position in Waterloo this weekend to launch the world’s largest Ethereum hackathon – ETHWaterloo.
Ethereum is the open-source, blockchain-based platform co-founded by Russian-Canadian Vitalik Buterin, a former University of Waterloo student who has been called a “cryptocurrency prophet.”
And Buterin himself will be in attendance at the ETHWaterloo: He’ll deliver the keynote address during the event’s opening ceremonies on Friday evening at CIGI, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and additionally take part in a panel discussion Saturday afternoon.
Buterin will also serve as one of the judges on Sunday as participants unveil their projects, which will be judged on creativity, technical difficulty, design and usefulness. The top 10 projects will be showcased on stage during the closing ceremonies.
“This hackathon is about Ethereum the technology and the decentralized applications that can be built on top of it,” said Liam Horne, one of the event’s co-founders, and a former Buterin classmate at University of Waterloo. “We think that these decentralized applications will [one] day surpass the world’s largest software corporations in utility, user-base, and network valuation due to their superior incentivization structure, flexibility, transparency, resiliency, and distributed nature.”
Proponents of blockchain and its decentralized nature call it

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Communitech@20: Moving the needle on women in tech

Carol Leaman is one of the lucky few who’ll tell you – quite honestly – that she’s never had an issue with being a woman in tech.
“I have confidence which allows me to behave in a way that men don’t see as vulnerable,” says the 25-year industry veteran and CEO of e-learning software company Axonify. But Leaman is an outlier in an industry where there’s a significant shortage of women in senior positions, a dearth of advancement opportunities and a still-very-strong old boys’ club.
As with other corporate cultures, challenges for women can feel woven into the fabric of the
tech sector: Women comprise only three per cent of Canadian tech CEOs and less than a quarter of Canada’s tech sector is populated by women. Just five per cent of Canadian female founders get funding, according to MaRS Discovery District’s Ilse Treurnicht and AceTech Ontario’s Jodi Kovitz, who presented at a MaRS-hosted series on women in tech called Moving the Dial earlier this year.
Canadian universities are seeing classes of 39 per cent women graduate from their STEM programs (with the University of Waterloo graduating only about 20 per cent, according to Communitech), but these women are not sticking around once they get jobs in the

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M-Theory: Technology and the steady commoditization of people

Have you ever noticed that in movies set in the future, it’s invariably a world of zero privacy? The government knows everything about you. In public you’re stalked by hyper-personalized advertising. Your devices and home automation are basically your brain cloned and stuffed into brushed metal casing.
With the exception of works set in post-apocalyptic dystopias, perhaps. No power grid, no internet, and “advertising” is half-buried, rusty signs denoting irony or nostalgia.
So that’s our choice? Either your entire existence becomes a database entry to be mined and sold at will … or we blow civilization to smithereens and no one knows your favourite kind of nail polish or political leanings unless you discuss it.
Has it really never occurred to anyone that we could make different choices? Or do we realize that the powers that be just wouldn’t care if we tried? But then, we’re already being groomed for the first future I mentioned. One little thing at a time commoditizes us.
For example, from time to time I still see people express surprise when the Google Doodle is a personalized image and message to them on their birthdays. Seriously? That’s the least of what they know about you.
Or when several folks

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