Hashtag Trending May 30th-JPMorgan, Apple and Paypal top list of companies that customers say protect their information “well”; RedHat’s CTO says its LLMs are curated, unlike ChatGPT; Can you power a car using milk?

Are the big investments in security products paying off? Generative AI sets a new standard for user interfaces and a lawyer cites bogus cases manufactured by ChatGPT in legal court filings.   These top tech news stories and more for Tuesday, May 30th , I’m your host Jim Love, CIO of IT World Canada, and […]

Ericsson whistleblower hits jackpot with US$279M payout

Additional activity relating to the resolved bribery case with Swedish telecommunications firm Ericsson and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) occurred last week, with news the whistleblower involved is now an extremely wealthy individual. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) paid out a staggering US$279 million, […]

Redwood launches soft-skills simulation platform

E-learning platform and software company Redwood Performance Group has released a new interactive workplace simulation called GradForce Skills. It aims to help new hires with soft skill learning, such as writing emails, dealing with workplace conflict, critical thinking skills, and more. GradForce Skills was based on a successful collaboration between Redwood and Toronto Finance International […]

Saskatoon startups SolusGuard, BetterCart win a combined $75,000 at Uniting the Prairies 2023

Two startups based in Saskatoon won a combined $75,000 in investment prizes at this year’s Uniting the Prairies (UP) conference. At UP’s pitch competitions last week, SolusGuard took home $50,000 from The Firehood, an angel group dedicated to women-led tech innovations. BetterCart received $25,000 from the UP angel syndicate, which is powered by Alberta-based tech […]

FreshBooks survey predicts increasing use of generative AI in small businesses

Approximately 1000 small business owners in the U.S. and Canada were recently polled by accounting software company FreshBooks about their current and future use of generative AI. Of the small business owners polled, the majority of whom have between two and five employees, two out of three will try generative AI technology in the next […]

Picketa raises $1.4 million CAD to help farmers analyze plant tissue in real time

Fredericton agtech startup Picketa Systems, which develops technology for plant tissue analysis, has raised a $1.4-million seed round. The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, an independent non-profit, led the funding, with contributions from a number of investors that focus on the agricultural sector such as Tall Grass Ventures, Emmertech, and Koan Capital. Desjardins Group, as well […]

F|T: The FinTech Times – Now in Canada: Hiive’s VC secondary trading platform

Welcome to the FinTech Times, a weekly newsletter covering the biggest FinTech news from around the globe. If you want to read F|T before anyone else, make sure to subscribe using the form at the bottom of this page. With regulatory approval, Hiive launches VC secondary trading platform in Canada (BETAKIT) Vancouver-based FinTech startup Hiive […]

Canadian startup news of the week (5/28/23)

Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page. Top Stories of the Week […]

A wake for BuzzFeed, Gawker, Vice with CANADALAND’s Jonathan Goldsbie

Digital media publications are dropping left and right these days. BuzzFeed News is gone, Gawker died for the second time, and Vice just filed for bankruptcy. Now, this isn’t tech news specifically, but it is impacted by tech, with new media startups adopting tech’s VC-fuelled approach to rapid scaling (as well as its batting average […]