It's International Startup Festival Week

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • My buddy, Rob Kemp is sitting in for Terry who is off for vacation.
  • Very exciting week for digital media. We have International Startup Festival happening again. Philippe Telio (a Montrealer) wants Montreal to be as interesting for startup culture as Silicon Valley is, and this is his baby since launching it in 2011. It’s happening July 15 – 18th, and it really is a festival. Not just talks, but celebrations, contests and even a family day! Over 2000 people are expected to take part. I’ll be giving a 7 minute presentation on disruptions, but the event will also feature people from companies like David’s Tea, Travelocity, Google, Fast Company, and a ton of venture capitalists. So, if you have a startup or thinking about going out on your own, this will be the most networked place to be! It’s all happening at Le Jardin des Ecluses in Old Montreal.
  • I’ll be speaking at International Startup Festival this Thursday at 11:25 (for about ten minutes) on the subject of Disruption, Disruption Everywhere
  • This week will also see Amazon‘s first-ever Prime Day. Offering members of its Amazon Prime family deals that will be more significant than Black Friday (or Boxing Day in Canada). They’re doing this on the day before their 20th anniversary. Apparently, the deals will be insane and, if you’re not a member, Amazon is also offering free 30-day Prime memberships for non-members who want to take advantage of the one-day deal. Amazon Prime normally costs $99 per year and includes free shipping. This is also significant as Prime Members in certain cities are now getting same-day shipping… and via drones too… soon ;) 
  • Comic Con San Diego had some great Star Wars stuff.
  • Scott Galloway talks about the winners and losers in the digital age.
  • App of the week: Touchnote.

Listen here…