In Innovation, It’s David vs Goliath

By John Stackhouse
Published May 15, 2020 | 30 min listen

Canada’s economy has been put on notice. Leading into the COVID crisis, the biggest powers were throwing around their weight, and the world’s smaller countries were beginning to feel it. . In a post-COVID economy, small nations will need the savvy of the shrewdest start-ups, and their start-ups will need to be even more on their game. It’s the only way a small country of relatively small businesses can excel in a big world dominated by big platforms.

David Skok has a front row seat for this new competition for scale. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Logic, he’s running Canada’s digital publication focused on the innovation economy, covering companies and creators who are in a race against time. Just like his media start-up.

In this episode we discuss:


1. Can the media succeed in Canada without subsidies?

2. What do we need to create ten Shopify's?

3. Is Sidewalk Labs’ exit a victory or defeat for Canadian innovators?


About RBCDisruptors

RBCDisruptors is an ongoing speaker series hosted by the Office of the CEO and moderated by SVP John Stackhouse. The series is designed to bring leading thinkers into RBC to talk about major shifts in the world around us. Featuring thought-provoking sessions on digital technology, changing workplaces and big shifts in consumer behaviour, RBCDisruptors helps RBC, its clients and partners better understand these changes and stimulate conversation on how we can seize related opportunities.

John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse
Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada