Carl Viel is the CEO of Québec International, the economic development agency in Québec City's region. The agency contributes to the economic development in the Quebec City metropolitan region and enhance its international status. It fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talent and investment to the region.
Originally from Quebec City, Carl Viel received his bachelor's degree in economics and a corporate governance certificate from Laval University. He also completed training programs in entrepreneurship (MIT), leadership (NTL Institute) and coaching (Niagara Institute). After nearly 20 years in the private sector, he held managerial positions with various economic organizations, including as vice-president of Montreal International and general manager of Montreal InVivo, prior to joining Québec International as CEO in 2008.
On this episode you'll learn:
Is there a single event or catalyst you can point to that has driven the biggest change in the ecosystem?
Quebec has been great at capturing economic data on their ecosystem, what methodologies or advice does Carl have on economic reporting and strategic monitoring?
What are Quebec's strongest tech verticals?
What's the best resource to stay up to date on the Quebec ecosystem?
Alice Schutt is the General Manager for Metta. Metta was created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, with the purpose of driving knowledge sharing, innovation, and business. After working for Goodyear Tires in Shanghai for two years, Alice left the corporate world and began working in the F&B industry, managing boutique restaurants and events in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. She particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurial energy she found in this competitive and engaging environment. She later joined a Hong Kong fintech SME, marketing financial analysis tools for two years, before moving to TIE, a global non-profit, which organizes mentorship programmes for start-ups.
Host Andrew Berkowitz reflects on 2 years of traveling around the world meeting with and interviewing startup ecosystem leaders. Andrew also announces his upcoming travel schedule which includes Quebec, Lagos, New Orleans, and more!
Luis Cuende returns to the show to give us an update on Aragon. Aragon is everything you need to run your company on Ethereum. This includes cap table, governance, fundraising, payroll, accounting, bylaws, and more. Aragon companies are extremely customizable, and you get everything in a unified, beautiful interface. Aragon was born to disintermediate the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures. They are inspired by Nobel prize Ronald Coase and his paper "The Nature of the Firm" and Yochai Benkler's "Linux and the Nature of the Firm." Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. He previously cofounded the blockchain startup Stampery. What does the concept of about the concept of governance mean in a decentralized, blockchain world? Can Luis break down some of the different organizational governance models that would function best on the Aragon platform? How does Aragon's decentralized court system that utilizes peer to peer conflict resolution work? What does Aragon's tech stack and partnerships look like? What are the most pressing solutions needed when it comes to the basic tools for developers in the Ethereum ecosystem?