Canada has firmly arrived on the global tech stage. The success is anything but overnight, and its secret sauce — quality of life, deep talent pool, great governance — isn’t going away.
When the Covid-19 pandemic knocked the world online in March 2020, Greg Smith had an opportunity in front of him. He’d been quietly grinding away on Canada’s West Coast for eight years, building a platform to develop online course material. He had amassed a loyal following of users, assembled an excellent team, and developed a product that worked — allowing anyone to turn their special know-how, be it ballet or bookkeeping, into an online course.
Then the crisis happened and the world came knocking. Sign-ups skyrocketed, as out-of-work coaches, performers and teachers sought alternate revenue streams. The company recorded a 368% increase in new courses created just in the first two weeks of the pandemic. Smith’s technology, born in Canada, was suddenly in the global spotlight.
Read the complete article originally published in Techonomy.