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Episode 12 Founders Eva Lau and Cherry Rose Tan: The truth about mental health for entrepreneurs

Eva Lau is the co-founder of a venture capital firm. Cherry Rose Tan is a serial entrepreneur and executive coach. They're smart. They're ambitious. They're also intimately experienced with the problem of burnout and its effects on mental health.

In this final episode, both women dive into the realities of being the founder of a startup and the heavy price it can exact on the body and mind.


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Episode 11 Bunz CEO Sascha Mojtahedi: Cryptocurrency, dating and having skin in the game

What once was a secret Facebook group has now grown into a multi-platform, online-bartering movement. In this episode, the CEO of popular trading platform Bunz talks about the future of bartering and Bunz' new cryptocurrency BTZ.


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Episode 10 Spartan Bioscience’s Paul Lem: DNA testing, med school and Marvel comics

Your DNA holds the answer to every question you have about your body, but for the most part, those answers have been inaccessible because of cost and time. This Ottawa-based startup wants to revolutionize health care by giving providers and their patients access to affordable, on-demand DNA results. In this episode, Spartan’s CEO and founder talks about the secrets hiding in your DNA, his past career as a doctor and his love for comic books.


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Episode 9 Sightline Innovation's Mai Mavinkurve: Machine learning, motherhood and misconceptions

Mai Mavinkurve knows all about how artificial intelligence can make businesses more efficient. The founder and COO of Sightline Innovation talks about the misconceptions of AI, robots taking our jobs and how she juggles motherhood with entrepreneurship.


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Episode 8 Ritual’s Ray Reddy: Takeout, failure and leaving Silicon Valley

In an age of convenience, Ritual is revolutionizing the lunch rush. CEO Ray Reddy talks about the origins of his takeout app, coming to Canada as a teenager and looking at failure differently.


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Episode 7 Flytographer's Nicole Smith: Selfie sticks, logging off and seeing it to be it

Sometimes the awkward travel selfies just won’t cut it. Enter Flytographer − the company that matches travellers to professional photographers in big destination cities. CEO Nicole Smith talks about how she turned her idea into an international business, what she’s learned being the only woman in the room and how PayPal almost ended her business.


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Episode 6 Bruce Linton: Cannabis, partying with Snoop Dog and parenting

It seems like it’s been a long time coming, but cannabis is officially legal in Canada. In this episode we hear from Bruce Linton – the man behind one of Canada’s biggest cannabis companies, Canopy Growth. Bruce shares his experience at the forefront of a budding sector, what it’s like to party with Snoop Dog and his strange nighttime routine.


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Episode 5 Will Richman: Couch surfing, burnout and living with your coworkers

Every founder knows someone in the tech industry who has experienced burnout, but Will Richman isn’t afraid to talk about it. The CEO of AI-assisted sales-prospecting service GrowthGenius shares how he recognizes and tries to mitigate stress. He also gets candid about measuring up to the pressure of an incredibly entrepreneurial family and the pros and cons of living with your coworkers.


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Episode 4 Solon Angel: Racism, fraud and Star Trek

Solon Angel might live in Ottawa now, but his journey to get there was anything but average. The founder of MindBridge Ai opens up about his tumultuous childhood, his personal connection to fraud and his thoughts on Canada’s tech industry.


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Episode 3 Huda Idrees: Skydiving, Saudi Arabia and digital health care

She’s been building companies since she was 12-years-old in Saudi Arabia. Now, Huda Idrees is tackling Canada’s arcane health-care system with her latest company, Dot Health. The founder and CEO talks about immigrating to Canada, jumping out of planes and her journey as a woman in the tech industry.


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Episode 2 Cole Diamond: Fatherhood, forking and the cryptocurrency market

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple − it’s a complicated new world and Cole Diamond is in the middle of it. The CEO of digital currency trading platform Coinsquare shares his outlook on the market, and reveals how fatherhood changed him.


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Episode 1 Geordie Rose: Powerlifting, money and robots of the future

The robots are coming. In this episode, we hear from Geordie Rose, founder of Sanctuary AI – an artificial intelligence company attempting to make machines that are indistinguishable from humans. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion with a unique perspective on money, Geordie shares his hobbies, what life was like growing up, and why he isn’t afraid of a future where robots can do what we do now.


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Episode 0 Coming Soon: I'll Go First

What is it like to be the first startup in your industry? The first to disrupt? The first to see the problem and know that you can fix it? In this new podcast from The Globe and Mail, tech journalist Takara Small takes us on a journey to find out.


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Want a sneak peek of the first episode? We interviewed our first trailblazer Geordie Rose about his scarily lifelike robots here: Q&A: Tech visionary Geordie Rose is wired to build robots

Learn more about Takara:
Takara Small

Takara Small is a Toronto-based tech journalist and the founder of Venture Kids Canada, a non-profit organization that encourages children from underserved communities to pursue the skills they need to launch their own tech startups. Follow her on Twitter here.

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About I'll Go First

What is it like to be the first startup in your industry? The first to disrupt? The first to see the problem and know that you can fix it? I’ll Go First takes us on a journey to find out.

I'll Go First is hosted by Takara Small. The show is produced by Vocal Fry Studios, with editorial assistance from David Michaels. The show's executive producers are Kiran Rana and Katrina Bolak. Art was created by Jeanine Brito.

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