Tech talks

Talks on topics that matter

Communitech Tech Talks are exclusive and timely conversations about growth and prosperity. In true Communitech fashion, they bring together key players and perspectives on issues impacting Canadians, our communities, our companies, our workforce and our economy.

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Report: Scaling Up in a Recession

Strategies for optimizing growth

Report by Charles Plant, entrepreneur, academic and innovation consultant.

As we face a global economic crisis, companies need a strategy to conserve cash, optimize growth and produce a plan that will provide value for both customers and investors.

In this report, Plant provides guidance on making key decisions and taking a structured approach to cash flow and strategic issues in the time of COVID-19.

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Survive Then Thrive

How to leverage the power of collaboration during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s economic landscape, and those companies and CEOs who can’t change with it face extinction. In this video conversation, Steve Blank, Martha van Berkel, Debbie Gamble and Ian McDonald discuss the new world order for startups, scale-ups, large corporations and their investors.

Featuring

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley veteran, author, professor at Stanford University
  • Martha van Berkel, CEO and co-founder, Schema App
  • Debbie Gamble, Chief Officer, Interac Labs and New Ventures
  • Ian McDonald, Chief Customer Officer, Communitech

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s economic landscape, and those companies and CEOs who can’t change with it face extinction. In this video conversation, Steve Blank, Martha van Berkel, Debbie Gamble and Ian McDonald discuss the new world order for startups, scale-ups, large corporations and their investors.

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Should you fish or cut bait?

Innovation spending in a recession 

Fireside chat with and report by Charles Plant, entrepreneur, academic and innovation consultant

When an economic storm blows in, corporate leaders are tempted to batten down the spending hatches. But past recessions have shown that companies that kept innovating during the storm came out ahead once the skies cleared.

In this virtual fireside chat, Charles Plant talks about how companies can stay the innovation course as the COVID-19 pandemic rocks the global economy.

In his report, Plant explores lessons of the past and unveils the pattern of successful firms through previous recessions.