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Startupville

By Innovation Place
Startupville features interviews with successful small-city tech founders on what it’s like to start and grow a tech startup in a smaller city away from the major hubs of Silicon Valley and Toronto, and how that has shaped their business. At Startupville, we challenge the notion that the next big thing can only be made in Silicon Valley.

Startupville is produced in partnership by Innovation Place and Martin Charlton Communications.
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Ep 73 - Inspiration meets Innovation
A special episode in celebration of Canadian Innovation Week & Women Entrepreneurs' Week May 16-20 is Canadian Innovation Week and Women Entrepreneurs' Week and, for the first time ever, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed this week as Saskatchewan Innovation Week. To celebrate, we collaborated with Innovation Saskatchewan and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) to highlight and celebrate the hard work of our local entrepreneurs. While the technology sector in Saskatchewan is experiencing significant growth, women and Indigenous people continue to be underrepresented in the tech labour market. To address this gap, Innovation Saskatchewan collaborates with various partners to deliver programs centred around skills training and capacity building in underrepresented groups, including partnering with WESK on the Founders Table program, which increase access to funding resources, networks, mentorship, and business advising to women-led tech and tech-enabled companies. We spoke with Josie Fries, Marketing Advisor at WESK about their work in the community and the WESK Summit Gala next week and three finalists of the Innovation Award: Kayla Kozan from PEAK Wellness, Dr. Christine Beck from Waggle Mail, and Alicia Soulier from SalonScale. The finalists talked about their creative process, community impact and the innovative entrepreneurs making Saskatchewan proud! This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “You just have to act extremely quick because efficiency is really what’s going to make you succeed in this game. You’ve got to get really comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Alicia Soulier, Founder & CEO of SalonScale.
49:48
May 19, 2022
Ep 72 Drafted to the Big League w/ Tanner Goetz
Have you ever kicked yourself for missing one of your child’s hockey games? Well, you’ll never have to do that again with HomeTeam Live’s streaming software that provides broadcast quality video streaming for amateur sports leagues. This service allows for parents, family, coaches, athletes and even scouts to log in and stream games from anywhere in the world. Co-Founders, Logan Fraser and Tanner Goetz, had worked in the sports marketing industry for ten years prior and knew that there was a major gap in this area, faced by many. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, they realized this problem would grow with limited travel ability for sports lovers across the globe. Join us as we talk with Tanner about his serial-entrepreneurship, how he transitioned into the tech startup biz, and how their technology allows for anyone in the world to connect and grow local sports in their community with HomeTeam Live. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “It really kicks off talking about the value proposition and discussing the amount of athletes in their venue, their specific needs per sport, how many cameras there might need to be in one venue, or they might have multiple venues.” – Tanner Goetz, HomeTeam Live
20:19
March 23, 2022
#71 - To Infinity, and Beyond!
In the mid-late 60’s, the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan launched their Space Engineering Division, mandated to design and build rocket instrumentation for upper atmospheric studies. After the department’s success and revenue gain, they branched out to become their own entity, SED Systems. SED Systems grew to eventually be acquired in 1990 by Calian, another Canadian firm known for space engineering, satellite exploration, defense, and aerospace technology. Patrick and his team continue to reach for the stars and grow within Calian to this day. Join us as we talk with Patrick Thera, President of Calian, Advanced Technologies and Mike Rennie, Director of Operations of Calian Composites, about extremely large antennas, specialty composites, what the appeal is for operating out of Saskatchewan, and all things from talent and how to get involved with this exciting company if you’re interested in space, tech and engineering. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “Antennas can take on many shapes, forms, and guises. From little whip antennas that are part of a cellphone, to the large parabolic antennas that you see as Calian’s flagship antenna products where we have deep space antennas at 35 meters, full-motion tracking, antennas that we use to communicate with space probes.” – Patrick Thera, Calian, Advanced Technologies
28:55
February 16, 2022
# 70 Viva la Ag-Revolution
Precision AI is an artificial intelligence (AI) robotics company that’s focused on solving the key food security challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Dan began his career with entrepreneurship and startups in the fin-tech world, but after his partner got their doctorate in AI, they decided to switch gears and focus on changing the future. Initially focused in a different sector, Dan quickly realized there was a huge gap in the agriculture field for automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. After switching gears, their plans to change the world of farming became a reality. We talked with Dan about his entrepreneurial past, how he accidentally stumbled upon the creation of Precision AI and how this Saskatchewan startup can change the world of food security with their technology. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “You've never seen the benefits of AI and automation and robots that can come and do work in your field before. So from an economics and sustainability standpoint, its high time to bring the AI revolution  to the way we produce our food.” – Dan McCann, CEO of Precision AI
26:52
January 19, 2022
#69 Bringing home the bacon
The Startup TnT Fall Investment Summit launched in September of 2021 in Saskatchewan for the first time ever. We talk with Jesse Wiebe, the new local ambassador for Startup TnT about bringing the Thursday Night Tradition to his home province of Saskatchewan after being inspired by co-founders Zach Storms and Tim Lynn. We talk about the summit process, working with founders and investors to build an ecosystem of support, as well as all of the excitement that went down at Boffins Event Center at Innovation Place on Finale Night. This episode features an exclusive interview with the top winner from the Finale, Store To Door CEO and Founder, Scott Love. We talk with Scott about his first steps in entrepreneurship at the young age of 18, how Store To Door came to be (hint, it was a New Year’s Eve special!) as well as his experience with the program and startup community. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications  “We worked our way to understand that we need to get this off the ground while COVID was happening because it was so relevant. People needed help, businesses needed help, and we were super concerned that we were going to see this mass closure of brick and mortar retail if we didn’t come along and help them.” – Scott Love, CEO & Founder of Store To Door
30:28
December 15, 2021
#68 Reduce, Reuse, Robotize w/ Sam Dietrich
We talked with Sam Dietrich of Prairie Robotics. Sam was inspired to create change in the world to make recycling simpler so that we can individually make a positive environmental impact. After entering a competition to find out how technology can be used to monitor the amount of solid waste generated and disposed of in Saskatchewan, Prairie Robotics used Artificial Intelligence to estimate the weight of the waste entering landfills to capture data in real time to automatically generate waste reports. This wasn’t enough, so they developed the ability to use AI at the source to resolve issues at the household level. We talked with Sam about the importance of recycling, how we can change the future now, and what’s in store for Prairie Robotics. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “9 out of 10 people in North America find recycling more confusing than investing in the stock market, filing their taxes or assembling Ikea furniture.” – Sam Dietrich, CEO of Prairie Robotics
19:32
November 24, 2021
Global Biotech Week 2021
Global Biotech Week started 18 years ago right here in Canada, and has since gone global, raising awareness for the significant role biotech plays in the world today. So, to celebrate Global Biotech Week, we’ve interviewed three leaders in the biotech sector, to learn more about what they do, and what makes biotech different from the typical startup experience. We talked with Jay Robinson of Ag-West Bio and the GAAP Accelerator, Conrad Nixon, Co-founder of Back to Your Roots, and Rob Henderson, President and CEO of Biotalent Canada. We talked with Jay about the GAAP Accelerator, a new organization created to support early stage and rapid growth stage companies in all areas of agriculture and food Back to Your Roots is a food startup specializing in raw fermented food products, hand crafted using minimal ingredients. BioTalent Canada is a national non-profit that supports the people behind life-changing Science. This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications “There’s an adage that I’ve followed through my career, is that you can have great technology and a terrible team, or a great team and terrible technology, and the great team will win every time.”  – Jay Robinson, Ag West Bio, GAAP
51:12
September 29, 2021
Special – Uniting the Prairies 2021 – Calgary, Alberta
Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community. Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Check out the three previous episodes on Saskatoon and Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Regina, and today we’re featuring Calgary, Alberta We talked with Nicolas Beique, founder and CEO of Helcim, Alitta Tait, Head of Partnerships at Harvest Builders, and Patrick Lor Managing Partner of Panache Ventures This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications Special thanks to Uniting the Prairies and Co.Labs
40:06
June 16, 2021
Special – Uniting the Prairies 2021 – Regina, Saskatchewan
Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community. Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Check out the three previous episodes on Saskatoon and Edmonton, and Winnipeg, and today we’re featuring Regina, Saskatchewan We talked with Matt Fahlman, Co-founder and CEO of Offstreet, Trevor Phenix, Managing Partner of Broad Street Bulls, and Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Chief Economic Growth Officer of Economic Development Regina Subscribe and don’t miss the final upcoming episodes highlighting Calgary! This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications Special thanks to Uniting the Prairies and Co.Labs
32:09
June 09, 2021
Special – Uniting the Prairies 2021 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community. Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Check out the two previous episodes on Saskatoon and Edmonton, and today we’re featuring Winnipeg, Manitoba We talked with Catherine Metrycki Founder and CEO of Callia Flowers, Michael Legary, Chairman of Radar Ventures, and Joelle Foster, CEO of NorthForge Subscribe and don’t miss upcoming episodes highlighting Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary! This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications Special thanks to Uniting the Prairies and Co.Labs
30:11
June 02, 2021
Special – Uniting the Prairies 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta
Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community. Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Last week our home city of Saskatoon, and today we’re traveling northwest to Edmonton Alberta, home to an amazing startup ecosystem and our three guests today. First, we talked with Zack Storms, founder of Startup TNT, and Kristina Milke, Managing Partner of Sprout Fund. Thanks to a few quick messages and the well-connected ecosystem that is the Edmonton startup scene, we also had an impromptu visit for the second half of the interview from Edmonton founder Sophie Gray of DiveThru. A true testament to how fast you can network in the Canadian prairies. Subscribe and don’t miss upcoming episodes highlighting Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary! This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications Special thanks to Uniting the Prairies and Co.Labs
25:41
May 26, 2021
Special – Uniting the Prairies 2021 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.    The Canadian prairies are on a tear, with five cities rapidly growing their tech sectors, and this conference is a chance for each of them to put their collective energy together to drive things forward even more.    Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.  We’re kicking off this series with the city where the UP Conference started just two years ago, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.    We talked with Matt Stefan, The Executive Director of Co.Labs, Saskatoon’s tech incubator and organizers of the UP Conference, along with Wanda Hunchak, Executive Vice President of venture firm Westcap Management, and Serese Selanders founder and CEO of the fast growing startup, SolusGuard about where the Saskatoon tech ecosystem is today, and where it’s headed. Subscribe and don’t miss upcoming episodes highlighting Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary!   “I think what’s really unique about Saskatoon [and] Saskatchewan as a whole is just the collaboration aspect. And the fact that, I never feel like, and I think my fellow entrepreneurs don’t feel like we’re competing against each other. I think we feel like we’re doing this together, we’re in it together“ – Serese Selanders This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications Special thanks to Uniting the Prairies and Co.Labs
29:50
May 19, 2021
#61 Immigration Nation w/ Dirk Propp
We talked with with Dirk Propp of Immigrate Software. Dirk spent 15 years helping people immigrate to Canada as an immigration consultant. And, with a business growing rapidly through positive referrals, he identified ways to automate parts of his business, while still delivering the same level of referral-worthy service. Now, Dirk isn’t just helping his business, but the whole Canadian immigration industry, with his startup Immigrate helping people pursue their dream of living in Canada faster, at a lower cost. We talked with Dirk about how he started the company, a recent rebrand that changed everything, and his plans for massive growth in the near future.
19:59
April 28, 2021
#60 Making Memories w/ Jessica McNaughton
We talked with Jessica McNaughton of MemoryKPR. After years as a successful executive leader, Jessica ventured off on her own to try and solve a problem near and dear to her heart. Keeping peoples’ stories alive. Jessica started MemoryKPR to fill in the gaps that social media and digitization has left in our lives. Thanks to digitization, we all create our stories in entirely different ways, and Jessica identified a need for creative solutions for how we keep and pass on these stories. We talked with Jessica about the mission of MemoryKPR, and how they’re marching forward to change the way we create and keep our memories.
30:16
April 14, 2021
#59 - Blood in the Water w/ Neil Anderson
We talked with Neil Anderson of SkillShark.   The best ideas often come from lived experience. As a softball coach, Neil experienced firsthand the long, tedious process of athlete evaluations which still involved pen and paper, and mountains of unreliable data that weren’t being used to their full potential.    So, he took matters into his own hands, and what started as a complex excel spreadsheet is now a user-friendly digital platform that’s revolutionizing how athletes are being evaluated around the world. From youth sports’ young rising stars, to professional, and even Olympic athletes, With most coaches around the world still using pen and paper, there’s blood in the water for SkillShark.
27:01
March 31, 2021
#58 An Impactful Partnership w/ Thomas Benjoe & Denis Carignan
In 2015, PLATO Testing identified software testing, a service primarily outsourced to other countries, as an opportunity to help bring more Indigenous people into the ICT industry. Since then, they have trained more than 150 Indigenous people, many of whom still work for the company today.” “In 2019, they partnered with FHQ Developments, the economic development corporation for the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in Saskatchewan. Through this partnership, they created PLATO Sask, a Saskatchewan-based, Indigenous-owned software testing business that offers training and employment for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. The partnership has been a great success, both in continuing to grow the booming Saskatchewan tech industry, and in providing a path into the sector for people who previously had limited access to the opportunities and resources needed to do so. So we wanted to chat with Thomas and Denis to learn more about their story, and what they’ve learned that can help others in the tech sector increase access to opportunity and build more inclusive companies.
39:27
March 17, 2021
#57 It’s now or never w/ Jared Fedorchuk
We talked with Jared Fedorchuk, CEO and Partner of Levis Tech about their journey as a company. How they started life as a digital agency, and followed their expertise, and the market to change their business They’ve even started to dive into the startup world, spinning off some of their proprietary tech into products of their own, moving some of their business from a service-based model, to a Software-as-a-service product-based model. We talked with Jared about the factors that led to their recent pivots, and where Levis is headed into the future.
18:44
March 10, 2021
#56 Building a Foundation for Building Games w/ Darcy McLane
We talked with Darcy McLane, Executive Director of SaskInteractive. Darcy was on the show last April to talk about the Labour Market and Economic Impact study that quantified the massive growth of the Saskatchewan tech sector in the years prior. The study was a good barometer of where the Saskatchewan tech sector sat heading into the pandemic, so we caught up with Darcy about where things are at today after nearly a year. But, SaskInteractive does a lot more than measure the Saskatchewan tech sector, and we wanted to talk about what they’re doing to help kickstart the Saskatchewan game development community. While there might not be many big game companies in the province, there are tons of people making games who are desperate for a community of support. We talked with Darcy about how he and SaskInteractive are helping to bring those people together and build a strong foundation to grow the video game sector in the province.
27:57
February 17, 2021
#55 Filling Big Shoes w/ Matt Stefan
We talked with Matt Stefan, the new Executive Director of Co.Labs, Saskatoon’s tech incubator. In under four years, Co.Labs has already left a lasting legacy on the Saskatchewan tech community, thanks in no small part to its recently departed co-founders Jordan Dutchak and Alex Shimla. They’ve left two pairs of big shoes to fill, and if anybody is up to the task, it’s Matt Stefan. A Saskatchewan native, Matt is returning to the province from the Toronto tech scene to lead Co.Labs into its next chapter. We talked with Matt about making the move back to his home-province, and his vision for Co.Labs moving forward.
28:35
February 03, 2021
#54 Community is Currency w/ David Crossman
We talked with David Crossman, Co-Founder and CTO of Citrus, and Founder of HackRegina. Much has changed in David’s life over the last year. He went from a solo founder spinning his tires to a Co-founder speeding down the track, and the tech community he helped build was thrown headfirst into a global pandemic. So we talked with David about his journey of perseverance as an entrepreneur, and where Citrus and the Regina tech scene as a whole is heading into the future.
36:07
January 20, 2021
Global Biotech Week 2020 w/ Shawn Ritchie, Masood Rizvi, and Brent Zettl
We’re excited to partner with Ag-West bio and present a special episode for Global Biotech Week 2020! To celebrate Global Biotech Week, we’ve interviewed three biotech entrepreneurs, based here in Saskatchewan, to learn more about what they do, and what makes biotech different from the typical startup experience. First in today’s episode, we talked with Shawn Ritchie, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of Med-Life Discoveries, a leader in developing novel treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, MS, and more. Next up is Masood Rizvi, Head of Genomics at NRGene Canada, a biotech startup that’s optimizing crop production through genomic AI solutions. Last but not least, we talked with Brent Zettl, a pioneer in the Canadian medical cannabis industry, having co-founded CanniMed Therapeutics that was acquired for 1.2 billion dollars, who has since started his new venture, ZYUS, harnessing the power of cannabinoids to develop treatments that improve quality of life and well-being for patients. For more information on Global Biotech Week and the amazing virtual events from Ag-West, visit http://www.globalbiotechweeksask.ca/
37:57
September 23, 2020
The Ultimate Pivot w/ Kirk Morrison & Gillian Delgaty
We talked with Kirk Morrison and Gillian Delgaty of Krugo. As you might remember, Kirk joined us on the show earlier this year just prior to the world as we knew it shutting down, including everything Krugo had been working on up to that point as a travel and entertainment app that helps people find unique, in-person experiences.    It would have been easy to throw in the towel, as an early-stage travel startup facing up to a year or even longer without recreational travel and large in-person experiences. Instead, Kirk, Gillian, and their team drilled down to the core of why Krugo exists in the first place, helping people find unique experiences wherever they go.   So, they made the ultimate COVID pivot to launch KrugoFest, a unique music festival using hotel balconies for the perfect socially distant staycation experience.    We talked with Kirk and Gillian about why a tech startup would organize a music festival, how they pulled it off in a matter of weeks, and what made it    We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
26:43
September 02, 2020
Helping Restaurants Survive & Succeed w/ Justin Holmes
We talked with Justin Holmes, VP of Growth with 7shifts, one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech startups helping restaurants to be more efficient, and better engage their workforce. What do you do when your entire customer base is forced to shut down? In the face of a global pandemic, restaurants everywhere had to pivot their businesses like they never had before, so we talked with Justin about the many ways in which the industry has been impacted, and how 7shifts has stepped up to help their customers keep moving forward during unprecedented times. We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
35:48
August 19, 2020
Startupville Trailer - COVID Talks
The world is now in the process of going through one of its largest pivots many of us have seen in our lifetimes. So in true startup fashion, we've pivoted our podcast! We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
01:26
August 11, 2020
Safety First w/ Ryan Quiring
We talked with Ryan Quiring, co-founder and CEO of SafetyTek, a platform that helps companies create accountability and engage their workforce around safety. Safetytek has been through a lot since we last talked with them in our first season. So we talked with Ryan about their experience in Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, refining their sales funnel, and how they’re helping their customers return to work safely in the wake of COVID-19. We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
57:10
August 05, 2020
Building a Better Cart w/ Melanie Morrison
We talked with Melanie Morrison, founder and CEO of Bettercart, an app that helps save consumers the most money at the grocery store.    Melanie has a very unique founder’s story. So we talked with her about what drove her to start Bettercart, and she’s encouraging others to take the leap.    We also dove deep into her startup, and how she’s working with her team to try and make a big wave in the grocery industry, a notoriously competitive market.   We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
44:14
July 23, 2020
A United Front w/ SalonScale
We talked with Alicia Soulier of SalonScale. This time, she’s joined by her new co-founders, COO Kim Badiuk, and CTO Tyler Gatehouse.  Since we last talked with Alicia in Season 3 of the show, they have been a startup powerhouse, successfully raising their first major round of funding and fueling massive growth. This includes growing by 101% since March of this year, when most salons in North America were forced to temporarily shut down.    We talked with the three of them about how they have managed to sustain this rapid growth during what is perhaps the hardest time in the history of their industry, by streamlining their efforts and doubling down on their commitment to help salon owners succeed.    We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
29:39
July 09, 2020
Protecting Local w/ Jeff Tomlin
We talked with Jeff Tomlin, the Chief Marketing Officer of Vendasta. Vendasta is a platform for selling digital solutions for local businesses and is one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies.   Last summer, Vendasta closed a $40 million dollar round of fundraising, the largest venture capital raise in the history of Saskatchewan tech. So needless to say, they were on a tear, fueling massive growth coming into 2020.    And then a global economic crisis happened. So we talked with Jeff about how this impacted the Vendasta rocketship, and how they’ve positioned themselves to continue growing. Vendasta sells digital solutions to small businesses in an age where small businesses are moving online faster than ever. So Jeff shared some incredible insights from their team on some of the trends that will emerge from the pandemic, and how they are working hard to help small businesses not only survive but thrive in 2020.    We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.
34:22
June 25, 2020
Special: A Golden Age of Innovation w/ Jeff Dyck
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.    We talked with Jeff Dyck, Director of Engineering with Mentor, a Siemens Company. He was involved in the largest tech acquisition in province history when their startup Solido was acquired by Mentor in late 2017, and since then they have continued to grow their team. Jeff has been an invaluable mentor and thought leader for early-stage startups in the Saskatchewan tech community.    We had a great conversation with Jeff about many things. Like breaking down the last half year from pre-pandemic, to the massive shift to working from home in March, and on to what he describes as a new “golden age” of tech and innovation, spurred on by the pandemic. We also talked about some local examples of startups that have stepped up to the challenge, and he gave his thoughts on how the acceleration toward more globalized, decentralized workforces can impact both employees and employers.
40:14
June 10, 2020
Special: Ready, Set, Andgo w/ Tom Ross
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. We talked with Tom Ross, CEO of Andgo Systems, who make smart absence management software, creating efficiencies and improving the lives of everyone involved. Andgo is focused on helping essential industries like healthcare manage their staff scheduling in a time where this is more important than ever. So we talked more about how they’ve adapted to serve an industry moving headlong toward digital transformation, and what this has meant for their own strategic direction. We also talked about their recent decision to invest in re-branding and positioning the company for success moving forward.
31:51
June 04, 2020
Special: This Ain’t Her First Rodeo w/ Monique Simair
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. Today we’re talking with Monique Simair, Founder & CEO of Maven Water and Environment, her second clean-tech startup in Saskatoon that’s applying the best of modern technology to water treatment in industrial sectors. We talked with Monique about her journey in founding, building, and selling her first startup, and how she’s taken everything she’s learned into building her next company. Monique has flipped conventional norms on their head multiple times, so we talked more about her thoughts on disruption, how she’s has brought her innovations to market, and how her team has been working through the new normal to continue their growth.
34:49
May 27, 2020
Special: Closing the Training Gap w/ Pablo Listingart of ComIT
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators.    Today we talked with Pablo Listingart, Founder and Executive Director of ComIT, a charity that is helping solve the tech labour gap by teaching the software development and soft skills that are needed by Canada’s growing tech sector, at no cost to the student.    We talked with Pablo about his journey to start ComIT to help improve access to careers in tech in South America, and how he has grown their programs both in South America, and now in eight Canadian cities. We also talked about how the COVID crisis has impacted the employment market, and how Pablo and ComIT are working to help give more people access to successful careers in tech, where talent is still in high demand.
30:53
May 20, 2020
Special: Tech That’s Increasing Access to Healthcare w/ Shawn Hazen of Lumeca Health
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. Today we talked with Shawn Hazen, Founder and CEO of Lumeca a virtual healthcare startup based in Regina. In the face of the COVID crisis, Lumeca made a bold pivot to alleviate strain on the healthcare system and provide people with safe and convenient access to care. We talked with Shawn about how Lumeca is playing this crucial role during the COVID crisis, and how virtual healthcare can serve an important role in the overall healthcare system moving forward. We also talked about how they have built a solid foundation for their startup, assembling an impressive team of healthcare professionals, as well as seasoned tech veterans.
28:09
May 13, 2020
Special: Cultivating Early-stage Startups w/ Jordan McFarlen of the Cultivator
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. Today we talked with Jordan McFarlen, Business Incubator Manager with the Cultivator tech incubator in Regina. The Cultivator’s mission is to help founders launch, grow, and scale innovative high-growth companies in the province of Saskatchewan, and it has quickly become a major hub of activity in the burgeoning Regina tech scene. We talked with Jordan about the challenges the sector is facing, and how they’re continuing to support tech startups through the crisis, including running a fully virtual program, complete with the large startup events that the Saskatchewan tech scene is known for.
33:21
May 07, 2020
Special: Quantifying growth & measuring the recovery w/ Darcy McLane of SaskInteractive
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. Today we talked with Darcy McLane, Executive Director of SaskInteractive, an industry association that represents the interactive and digital media sectors, a big part of the overall tech sector. SaskInteractive recently completed a Labour Market and Economic Impact study, in order to quantify the recent growth in the Saskatchewan tech sector, and set a baseline measurement for future growth. The study’s results will be officially released very soon, so we talked about some of the implications of this information, and how the tech sector can continue to move forward in the months ahead. Stay home, stay safe, and stay connected.
37:27
April 29, 2020
Special: The Tech Behind Our Resilient Food Supply w/ Ag West Bio
We’re having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. Today, we talked with Karen Churchill, Bev Stangeland, and Brad Bly of Ag West Bio, Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association and bioeconomy catalyst. In their role helping to move research to market and growing biobusiness in the province, they have a close connection to the bioscience startup community. We talked with them about how the COVID crisis has impacted the bioscience and agri-food sectors, and how investment in bioscience over the decades has helped build the resilient food supply chain that has been largely unaffected through all of this. Stay home, stay safe, and stay connected.
24:24
April 17, 2020
Special: Breaking it all down w/ Jordan Dutchak of Co.Labs
The world is now in the process of going through one of its largest pivots many of us have seen in our lifetimes. So in true startup fashion, we’re going to pivot right along with it. In the coming weeks, instead of our normal interview format, we’ll be having conversations with tech leaders on how they’re facing the COVID-19 crisis head-on, how startups and tech companies can approach the challenges ahead, and how the world changing before our eyes will present unique opportunities for startups and innovators. We’ll be posting these conversations the day after they’re recorded, so they will be up-to-date with a world that is changing daily Today, we’re talking with Jordan Dutchak from Co.Labs, Saskatoon’s tech incubator, about the implications of the new paradigm we’re now entering, and the opportunities that presents.
34:14
April 08, 2020
#37 Driving More Sales w/ Regan Hinchcliffe of sMedia
In this episode, Dan talks with Regan Hinchcliffe, Co-founder of sMedia, one of Canada’s fastest growing startups disrupting the auto dealer industry. Data is king in automotive sales. But when Regan and his co-founders were working to help car dealerships with their digital advertising, they found that most dealers were being drawn to bad data in the form of vanity metrics that made their ad agencies look great. Unfortunately, vanity metrics don’t result in real customers walking through the door. Leveraging the power of AI, sMedia has been able to find a stronger link between online behaviour and real customers, and now over 650 car dealerships everywhere are selling more cars because of it. Dan chats with Regan about their path toward discovering product market fit, building and scaling a diverse remote team, and thinking forward to how they can continue to disrupt the auto industry. Did we mention that sMedia is a FROG? No, not that kind of frog, but a "fully remote organization." Working remotely is a hot topic with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and sMedia has been successfully growing remotely before it was a necessity. Hear Regan talk more about how they're able to make this work while scaling one of Canada's fastest-growing companies.
30:29
March 18, 2020
#36 Where Will Your Krugo? w/ Kirk Morrison of Krugo
Dan talks with Kirk Morrison, Co-founder & CEO of Krugo, a travel app built in Regina that helps you discover concerts, sports, and shows wherever you’re travelling next. The travel-tech space is a crowded one, with juggernauts like Expedia, Trivago, and Booking.com, with enough new entrants to fill a Boeing 747. So we talk with Kirk about how Krugo has been differentiating themselves amongst the crowd with a more brand-focused approach than most prairie tech startups. Krugo has leveraged a lot to their advantage by starting and growing their team in the medium-sized city of Regina. But playing in the consumer travel space can have its challenges when you’re outside of major hubs, so Dan and Kirk dive deep into how Krugo is tackling major partnerships and setting up to make big waves from a landlocked province.
35:11
March 11, 2020
#35 Capital Migration w/ Sean O’Connor of Conexus Venture Capital
Dan talks with Sean O’Connor, Fund Manager for the Conexus Venture Capital Fund about moving from the major tech hub of Vancouver to prairie Canada to run a brand new fund that invests in their booming tech ecosystem. Conexus Credit Union is just that, a local credit union. In 2019, they did what no other credit union in North America had ever done before and started a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage tech startups. As the tech ecosystem had started booming in Saskatchewan, more capital had started to migrate to the region from Silicon Valley and other major hubs like Toronto. However, Conexus noticed a gap in access to early-stage capital for startups. So they tapped Sean O’Connor, from the Vancouver fintech startup darling Grow Technologies. Sean, like a lot of capital these days, migrated to the prairies to blaze new trails in what’s becoming one of Canada’s hottest startup markets.
34:43
March 04, 2020
UP Conference #7 – Small Cities
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference talking about why secondary markets are becoming some of the hottest tech hubs in North America. At Startupville, we reject the notion that the next big thing can only come from Silicon Valley. Secondary markets like the Canadian prairies, the Colorado Rockies, and many more have exploded into vibrant tech hubs in recent years. Startups and investors have started to notice the benefits that smaller centres present, like lower operation costs, high employee retention, and diverse ideas outside the bubble of Silicon Valley hype cycles. At UP Conference, there was no ignoring the energy of the Canadian prairie tech region. Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
18:30
October 16, 2019
UP Conference #6 - Management Insights
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference sharing management tips, and what they’ve learned as leaders of top startups. Transitioning from a scrappy startup founder to an inspiring leader isn’t always smooth sailing. So in this episode, we’ve featured insights from some of the best captains on the sea to help you be a better leader at your startup. Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
32:01
October 02, 2019
UP Conference #5 - Product
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference sharing their tips for building a product that customers can’t live without. Learn from some of Canada and Silicon Valley’s top product experts about building a truly engaging product by listening to your customers and putting that data to work. Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
30:27
September 18, 2019
UP Conference #4 – Team
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference sharing their tips for building culture and attracting top talent to your team. With top leaders from billion dollar unicorns, major multinationals and the scrappiest of high-growth startups, this episode is packed full with amazing insights to help you attract and retain top talent! Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
24:01
September 04, 2019
UP Conference #3 - Raising Capital
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference sharing their tips for raising capital for your startup, from when, to how and everything in between.  Amazing fundraising tips from the best in the business, including Neal Dempsey, one of Starbucks' early investors, Debbie Landa, founder of the Grow Conference, and more! Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
28:54
August 20, 2019
UP Conference #2 - Customers
This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the UP Conference sharing their tips for nailing your sales funnel and refining your customer journey.  Get great customer acquisition and retention tips from top leaders at Loblaw Digital, Jobber, Vendasta and more! Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.
32:27
August 07, 2019
UP Conference #1 - Early Stage Tips & Startup Stories
Uniting the Prairies, or UP, is a new conference in Saskatoon brings together the top prairie Canada startups, VCs and angels, prairie expats, and tech leaders to come together and share knowledge and experience with startups, elevating the prairie tech community.  UP was an electric conference that featured dozens of amazing speakers from companies like Shopify, Eventbrite, SingularityU and many more. We've distilled the best of UP into a seven part series giving you the best tips from the best in the business on how to build your tech startup, whether you're in the Canadian prairies, or from a small region anywhere in the world.  This episode is a compilation of clips from speakers at the conference sharing their tips for early-stage founders, and some great startup stories from their lives in the trenches. 
33:18
July 24, 2019
#27 Startupville Live with Versa Bank
We hosted a special live event at Innovation Place in Saskatoon, interviewing VersaBank’s David Taylor and Gurpreet Sahota in front of a live audience.  VersaBank is a fully digital, branchless bank and FinTech company with offices in Saskatoon and London, Ontario that was founded in 1979 by David Taylor. David has a long history in banking, and has taken multiple companies to IPO, including VersaBank. They recently hired Gurpreet Sahota as their Chief Architect, Cyber Security, who most recently worked at Blackberry leading their cyber security team.  David discusses the history of VersaBank, and why they have chosen to build and keep their company in the small regions of Saskatoon and London. Gurpreet shares some of the exciting new tech they’re working on, and how they’re starting to shake up the FinTech industry. 
42:09
May 07, 2019
#26 Coming Home w/ Ryan Dumonceaux & Jon Lovering
Dan interviews Ryan Dumonceaux and Jon Lovering of Deloitte’s Innovation Incentives team, which helps tech startups and firms access government incentives that allow them to limit risk and grow faster.  Ryan and Jon have both repatriated their hometown after working in top tech ecosystems like Kanata and Silicon Valley. Ryan cut his teeth with Nortel during the late-90’s tech boom, and Jon has over a decade’s experience building hardware products for Apple, Google, Amazon, and Lytro.  Ryan and Jon chat with Dan about what drew them back to their home province, and the many things they’ve learned over the years. They also talk about how smaller regions can learn from Silicon Valley and other tech hubs to apply best practices while taking advantages of the strengths your region presents. 
48:41
May 01, 2019
#25 New in Town w/ Zaid AlShadaddi
Dan interviews Zaid AlShaddadi, a recent immigrant to Saskatchewan from Saudi Arabia, who made the decision to move across the world for the opportunities in Canadian tech.  Zaid has worked over a decade in tech, most recently from Oracle in a senior sales role. So Dan and Zaid talk about his experience moving to Canada for the opportunities in the growing tech industry, and his first impressions of Saskatchewan’s small but bustling ecosystem.  Zaid is one of many people who have, and will immigrate to the province to grow the tech talent pool, so we get his feedback on how Canadian tech companies can effectively recruit and hire internationally. Plus, with over a decade in tech sales, Zaid shared with us some of his tips and tricks for selling tech to enterprise. 
21:04
April 24, 2019
#24 Canada's Hottest New Tech Accelerator w/ Hyon, Autumn, & Filtr Trade
Co.Launch is Canada’s hottest new accelerator for pre-seed tech startups. Dan talks with the winners of the most recent accelerator cohort, Kristy Ehman of Hyon Consignment, Nelson Wani of Autumn, and Alisha Esmail of Filtr Trade.  Dan and company chat about the crash-course that is the Co.Launch program, and how their experience has shaped their startups moving forward. They each won a cash prize, but more importantly gained a valuable network of mentors, investors and colleagues along the way, which led to many insights that have propelled them forward to the next step.  Co.Launch accepts startups from the idea stage to prototype, so the group discusses what led them to apply for the program, and advice for early founders and others who are dipping their toes in to the world of tech entrepreneurship. 
25:34
April 17, 2019
#23 Blockchain Buzz w/ Kai Charette of Alttra
Dan talks with Kai Charette of Alttra Solutions. In this episode, they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of blockchain technology, and how to cut through the buzz to provide meaningful solutions to problems.  Blockchain is a polarizing technology. With some saying its the future of the internet and others saying it’s an flash in the pan, it can be hard to cut through the jargon and address real problems. Regina’s Alttra Solutions is setting out to do just that, by working with companies to address problems that blockchain is uniquely suited to solve.  Wherever you fall in the debate on blockchain as an underlying tech, its sparked discussion and large existential questions around the world, can make for very interesting conversations. Alttra is making the bet that this will be the case for years to come. 
26:50
April 10, 2019
#22 Game On w/ Jordan Schidlowsky of Noodlecake Games
Dan talks with Jordan Schidlowsky of Noodlecake Games. In this episode, they discuss growing a globally competitive game development and publishing company Jordan talks about the early days of Noodlecake releasing their first game, and how the mobile gaming market, the broader industry, and Noodlecake as a company has changed since 2011. Since releasing their first game Super Stickman Golf, they’ve become one of the most notable mobile publishers, having published or developed over 100 games on mobile platforms.  In 2017, Noodlecake was majority acquired by the Chinese gaming company ZPlay. Dan and Jordan discuss the process of being acquired and becoming a part of a larger global company while continuing to grow in Saskatoon. 
32:59
April 03, 2019
#21 Grow Anywhere w/ Chad Fischl of Farm Boys
Dan talks with Chad Fischl of Farm Boys Design Corp. In this episode, they discuss how Farm Boys is working to bring locally grown, sustainable food anywhere in the world regardless of climate and growing conditions.  Farm Boys has built a fully automated, self-contained system for growing high-value crops anywhere in the world. The demand for leafy greens and other small crops like tomatoes is high around the world, but unfortunately there are only a few regions on earth where these crops are able to grow. Chad talks more about how their system enables these crops to be grown easily and affordably anywhere in the world.  As a serial entrepreneur, Chad’s path toward solving one of the world’s largest problems is an interesting one. Dan and Chad talk more about how he got where he is today, and where they’re headed in the future. 
30:13
March 27, 2019
#20 Scaling with a Scale, w/ Alicia Soulier of SalonScale
Dan talks with Alicia Soulier of SalonScale. In this episode, Alicia shares her story of how she went from salon owner, to tech entrepreneur scaling her business internationally (pun intended).  As an experienced entrepreneur and salon owner, Alicia discovered a problem that is core to the success or failure of a salon business. Her deep knowledge of an industry problem was the secret to building a simple and user-friendly solution that solves a problem that costs salon owners thousands, and sometimes is make-or-break for their business.  Alicia shares how she started SalonScale with no background in tech, and how she is working to save one salon at a time by “scaling” up her company. 
29:28
March 20, 2019
#19 Techstars Update from Townfolio w/ Ryley Iverson & Davie Lee
In the first episode to kick off Season 3, Dan talks with Riley Iverson and Davie Lee of Townfolio. In our first season, we talked with Riley in the episode “The $500 Startup,” and learned about their startup story and how they were disrupting economic development.  Since then, Townfolio was accepted into one of the world’s most respected tech accelerators, Techstars in their Kansas City location. Riley and Davie went through their intensive program through the summer, and they’re back to share their experience on the whole rollercoaster ride.  In this episode, we go into detail on what it’s like to go through a Techstars accelerator, how it has impacted Townfolio moving forward, and what’s next for their growing startup. 
55:28
March 13, 2019
#18 Whiteboard With Me w/ Krystian Olszanski & Kevin Pierce
In the final episode of Season 2, Dan talks with Krystian Olszanski of Viamo, and Kevin Pierce of Eventbrite. Both Krystian and Kevin are seasoned developers who have been working in tech for a long time and are now in management roles in their specific companies. Viamo is a social enterprise solving communications problems in developing countries, and Picatic is a consumer facing event ticketing platform, and the two talk about how making the lives of your users better is core to success no matter who that user is.  As seasoned developers in management roles, Krystian and Kevin also chat about growing and managing technical teams. From onboarding new employees to making strategic decisions and energizing team members, the two have no shortage of wisdom to share. 
35:34
January 16, 2019
#17 Killer Product w/ Brett Park & Phil Corson
Dan talks with Brett Park, COO & CTO of Shiverware, and Phil Corson, Product Manager with GasBuddy. In this episode, Brett and Phil talk about product management, and some of the cool products they’ve been cooking up at their respective companies. They chat more about their individual approaches product design and how they see an idea through development into a shipped product.  The two also talk about a rising tide of energy in the Regina tech scene and how the city can capitalize on some of that momentum moving forward. 
31:58
January 09, 2019
#16 From Executive to Entrepreneur w/ Serese Selanders & David Squires
Dan talks with Serese Selanders, Founder & CEO of ORA, and David Squires, her Silicon Valley mentor. In this episode, Serese and David talk about how they originally met, and how David ended up becoming one of her key mentors as she builds her company. Coming from an executive background in the financial industry, Serese had a lot to learn about hardware startups when she started ORA. From negotiating deals with contractors to planning out the hardware architecture, David has been an invaluable resource along the way. Serese talks more about her journey as a non-technical founder of a tech company, and transitioning important skillsets from the corporate world to a startup. The two also discuss how they manage their mentor-mentee relationship remotely in an effective way.
26:01
December 19, 2018
#15 Healthy Growth w/ Mike Wesolowski & Kyle Drever
*Episode note* - we experienced some feedback in the audio in this episode, please accept our apologies! Dan talks with Mike Wesolowski, Founder & CEO of Luxsonic, and Kyle Drever of NC Smart Call. In this episode, Mike and Kyle talk about the complicated landscape of the building and selling tech to the healthcare sector, and what makes that different from other enterprise customers. Mike also shares more about his history in academia, and how that was just the start of a path that led him to start his company, which is using virtual reality (VR) to empower healthcare practitioners with better training and diagnostic tools. Kyle shares more about the story of NC Smart Call and how they are changing the way staff schedules are organized in hospitals.
40:26
December 12, 2018
#14 Let’s Do It Here w/ Jeff Wandzura & Jamie Finney
Dan talks with Jeff Wandzura, Co-founder serial entrepreneur and angel investor, and Jamie Finney, Co-founder of Kokopelli Capital and Western Regional Director of Startup Colorado. In this episode, Jeff and Jamie share their stories and the many startup lessons they’ve learned, the role of universities and other institutional supports in a startup ecosystem, and the challenges and benefits of building in a small region. Jamie shares more about the Colorado tech ecosystem centered around the medium-sized hub of Boulder. From some of the early success stories, to major landmark wins like the a Techstars accelerator in Boulder, a Denver-based Slack office and more. Jeff brings back the knowledge he’s gained for larger cities from his experience in a New York based accelerator and time spent in the Toronto angel investor scene.
32:15
December 05, 2018
#13 Taking on the World w/ Kyle Smyth & Jordan McFarlen
Dan talks with Kyle Smyth, CTO of Offstreet, and Jordan McFarlen, Business Incubator Manager at Conexus. Regina is the southward sister-city of Saskatoon, where many of our guests are from. As you’ve heard previous guests discuss, Saskatoon’s tech scene is growing rapidly, and Regina isn’t far behind with exciting scene of its own taking root in the provinces capital. Jordan and Conexus have started Regina’s first business incubator to address the needs of an up-and-coming market. Dan, Jordan, and Kyle discuss starting up in Saskatchewan, and how the two major cities can feed off each other taking a region-wide approach to taking on the world and building a startup ecosystem. Kyle also shares the Offstreet story, how they started, and where they are today.
35:32
November 28, 2018
#12 Picture Perfect w/ Dan Jimenez of Chatbooks
Dan talks with Dan Jimenez, COO of Chatbooks. If you’re not from the area, you might not think of Provo Utah when listing America’s hottest startup hubs. But in recent years the region has been taking off, and is home to one of the country’s fastest growing startups, Chatbooks. Dan talks about the growth in the Utah tech scene, and dives deeper into how Chatbooks pivoted from being a family social network app to becoming the world’s easiest photobook. He also talks about how Chatbooks competes in a small-but-mighty talent market, and how they’ve taken advantage of Provo’s strengths in culture and education to accelerate their growth.
28:57
November 21, 2018
#11 Plugging In w/ Will Topping & Trevor Burgess
Dan talks with Will Topping, Founder & CEO of Brand X Tech, and Trevor Burgess, CEO of Voltsafe. The wall outlet is one of the most ubiquitous technologies in the world, and it has existed largely unchanged for over a hundred years. A Canadian company with roots in two cities is poised to completely re-invent this century-old tech in a way that could change homes, buildings, and technology around the world. Will also talks about his new venture into Internet-of-Things tech, the two reminisce about the early days of Voltsafe (before it was called Voltsafe), and the lessons they’ve learned about entrepreneurship along the way.
29:50
November 13, 2018
#10 Used Car Salesmen w/ Alex Cruder & Daren McLean
Dan talks with Alex Cruder, Co-founder & CEO of Curbie, and Daren McLean, CEO of Territorial and Advisor to Curbie. Nobody likes used car dealerships, whether it’s the suit-wearing salesman giving you the high-pressure upsell, or all the mystery associated with buying a car with an unknown history. It’s a stressful, risky experience, which is why most people avoid them all together if they can. Curbie is a Saskatoon-based tech startup reinventing the used car dealership by selling cars online like Amazon sells books. They’ve also found an invaluable partner and investor with one of their first service providers, Territorial. In this episode, we discuss Curbie’s journey so far, the relationship between startup, investor and advisor, and what is on the horizon for both.
33:22
November 06, 2018
Startupville Live! - Wrap & Teaser Episode
We hosted a live episode at Innovation Place in Saskatoon to celebrate Season 1 of Startupville! Dan and Mike bring back some of the guests from the first season to talk more about small-city startups and more! Remember Ryan Quiring from SafetyTek and Episode 3 of the show? Well his band, Tickle Trunk was the entertainment at our wrap party. So stick around until the end of the show to hear a teaser of what's to come for Season 2, and a special Startupville performance from them!
20:28
July 17, 2018
#9 Risk & Reward w/ Katrina German & Greg Sutton
Dan talks with Katrina German, CEO of KatrinaGerman.com, and Greg Sutton, CEO & Co-founder of TinyEye. Managing risk is a tricky business. Every entrepreneur has their own motivations for what they do, and they have to balance their "why" with all the risks involved in building a startup. Gaining a better understanding of what drives you will allow you to take calculated risks, and align your startup in a way that's the best fit for your goals. For founders who can master the art of managing risk, even failure can be a step forward that propels you to new hights.
34:59
June 05, 2018
#8 Feeding the Future w/ Wilf Keller & Blaine Chartrand
Dan talks with Wilf Keller, President & CEO of Ag-West Bio Inc, and Blaine Chartrand, Program Head of Bioscience Technology at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The global population is expected to grow by over a billion people in the next ten years. Food production has changed in many ways, and technology is becoming a big part of how we are able to feed an ever-increasing amount of people. Coming from a hotbed of biotechnology and agriculture innovation, Wilf and Blaine discuss how tech is an integral part of growing more (and more healthy) food into the future. Combined, with over a half century in communicating bioscience and Wilf since the 1970's, they discuss some of the communication mistakes that were made from early innovators that have changed the public discussion around food innovation.
24:30
May 29, 2018
#7 A Valley State of Mind w/ Jordan Boesch & Leejay Schmitt
Dan talks with Jordan Boesch, CEO of 7shifts, and Leejay Schmitt, Co-founder and CEO of Skylite Labs. There’s no denying that Silicon Valley is the startup capital of the world. There’s a critical mass of experienced talent, capital, and mentorship, and the culture of hustle is unmatched. It all combines to create the perfect storm help startups scale. Is it possible for startup founders to take advantage of the opportunities smaller cities present, and still have access to the wealth of knowledge and support The Valley can provide? And how can they inject that Silicon Valley energy into their own communities to compete on a global stage?
44:35
May 23, 2018
#6 Mad Science w/ Jeff Cutler & Kennedy Mangera
Dan talks with Jeff Cutler, Chief Strategic Relations Officer at Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada's synchrotron research facility and one of only a few in the world, and Kennedy Mangera, formerly of Canadian Isotope Innovations, a startup using technology gained from the CLS to solve the global shortage of medical isotope supply. Not all technology is ready for market when it's first discovered or invented, sometimes it can take decades for a breakthrough to reach its potential. Some of the most revolutionary ideas take years of long-term research and investment for it to ever see the light of day. In this episode, our guests discuss how important it is for an ecosystem to invest in hard science that can pay dividends for society (and shareholders) if you're patient enough to see it through.
38:13
May 15, 2018
#5 Degrees of Separation w/ Ian Meier & Alix Hayden
*Episode note* - Due to an echo-prone recording location (and some enthusiastic table tapping), there is some extra background noise in this episode. Please accept our apologies! Dan talks with Ian Meier, Co-founder & CEO of Agrimatics, and Alix Hayden, Associate Director of Innovation Enterprise. In a small city, you’re only ever a few degrees of separation from the next great piece of advice or support that can save you months of headaches. What can you do in the early stages of your startup to learn from the mistakes of those who came before you? And does starting in a small city reduce your access to mentorship and support, or can you take advantage a smaller, more connected ecosystem in a way you never could in a city of millions?
40:06
May 09, 2018
#4 The $500 Startup w/ Ryley Iverson & DonnaLyn Thorsteinson
Dan talks with Ryley Iverson, Co-founder & CEO of Townfolio, and DonnaLyn Thorsteinson, Director of Programs & Operations with the Saskatoon & Region Economic Development Authority and SquareOne. All cities and towns have an economic development office looking to grow activity in their region. Townfolio's software helps economic developers attract more investment, and they themselves are helping the local economy by growing their tech startup. SREDA, like many other economic development agencies, has embraced the power of tech entrepreneurship, because tech can scale faster than any other industry. This provides an opportunity for the local economies to skyrocket on the backs of a strong tech ecosystem, but there are many pieces of the puzzle to make this work successfully.
27:23
May 01, 2018
#3 It Takes a Village w/ Katherine Regnier & Ryan Quiring
Dan talks with Katherine Regnier, Co-founder & CEO of Coconut Software and Ryan Quiring, Co-founder & CEO of SafetyTek Software. It takes a village to raise a startup. Building a startup is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s so important for founders to surround themselves with the right people to help push them through it all. Whether it is getting advice from an experienced veteran, commiserating over shared struggles with other founders, or having those closest to you keeping you grounded as you think you’ve reached your limit. Nobody has ever built a successful startup alone. It comes in many shapes and sizes, and we all need to find our village to keep us moving forward.
33:32
April 24, 2018
#2 Little Sibling City w/ Jacqueline Cook & Conrad Neufeldt
Dan talks with Jacqueline Cook, Chief Strategy Officer with Vendasta, and Conrad Neufeldt, Co-founder & CEO of Kasper. Smaller cities have something of a little sibling syndrome. Can they get over their inferiority complex and play in the big leagues? It can take years for startup founders from off the beaten path to realize their potential and the hidden potential of a diamond in the rough. And there’s nothing like a good surprise to catch the eyes of talent and investment. Can big things come in small packages?
31:33
April 17, 2018
#1 Chicken & Egg w/ Mentor Graphics & Co.Labs
Dan interviews Jeff Dyck of Mentor, a Siemens Company, and Jordan Dutchak of the tech incubator Co.Labs. Mentor (formerly Solido) was the largest tech acquisition in the history of their home province when they were acquired by one of the world's largest tech companies. Co.Labs is the provinces first tech incubator, taking startups from 1 to 1000. In this episode, they discuss the chicken and egg problem that all unestablished tech hubs face, and how Saskatoon is fighting the odds to build a vibrant, meaningful tech ecosystem thanks to continued involvement from the established veterans and small upstarts in the region.
33:18
April 16, 2018
Startupville Preview!
Startupville is hosted by Dan Gold, formerly of The Economist Group in London, UK and some of the world's largest media campaigns. Dan interviews successful small-city tech founders on what it’s like to start and grow a tech startup in a smaller center away from the major hubs like Silicon Valley and Toronto. At Startupville, we challenge the notion that the next big thing can only be made in Silicon Valley.
03:43
April 11, 2018