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Spark Chats

Spark Chats

By Brightspark Ventures
Tech is eating the world. 🌎 Venture capital veterans discuss some of society’s most universal concepts (such as travel, food, and communities) and how they relate to the world of tech startups. New episodes every other week.
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Big Tech: Regulations and control (Part 3)
For the final episode in our Big Tech podcast series, Mark and Jacques discuss problematic implications of the business models of tech giants on a societal level, and what kind of regulations we can expect in the future.
December 21, 2020
Big Tech and the Canadian startup ecosystem (Part 2)
What positive impact can Big Tech have on the Canadian startup ecosystem? In Part 2 of our Big Tech podcast series, Mark Skapinker and Jacques Perreault take a closer look at their influence and potential to feed Canadian growth.
November 18, 2020
Big Tech: Break them up or let them grow? (Part 1)
Big Tech continues to grow, especially during the pandemic, and the call to break them up is getting louder. But the right answer isn’t always clear. In this episode, Mark Skapinker and Jacques Perreault debate whether to let Big Tech grow as they discuss their impact on the startup ecosystem, the marketplace, and the user experience.
October 28, 2020
Networking during the pandemic - are we there yet?
Some of the most interesting conversations and meetings we’ve ever had were informal, unplanned, or in the context of casual networking. While technology has helped us easily work from home during the pandemic, it has not replaced a crucial part of our jobs: networking. In this episode, Mark Skapinker and Jacques Perreault discuss what it’s been like to network with fellow VCs and entrepreneurs during the pandemic, and question what can help fill in the gaps.
October 16, 2020
3 tech opportunities for the future of remote work
Depending on who you ask, working from home can be a comfort or a challenge. But one thing is for sure: many of us have started to rethink what work and productivity will look like in the future. In this episode, Mark and Éléonore predict 3 tech opportunities for the future of work.
October 01, 2020
Who is going to be the winner of groceries and food delivery?
Mark Skapinker poses the question: who is going to come out as the winner in the grocery and food delivery world? Mark and Sophie discuss some of the challenges that food retailers face, and how technology can fill in the gaps.
September 15, 2020
Travel tech in a post-pandemic world
Sophie Forest, tech travel investor for 20+ years, talks about what tech travel companies need to do to outlast the current crisis, and what market opportunities might exist post-pandemic for those who survive.
August 20, 2020