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Kevin Wright on Bridging Brands to Esports Communities | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black chats with Kevin Wright, President of GameSquare Esports Inc. (CSE:GSQ) to discuss the company’s unique focus on the agency vertical in esports and how they are bridging the gap between global brands and growing gaming communities.

Here’s an overview of what James and Kevin cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Kevin Wright and GameSquare
1:50 – The state of esports in 2021
4:55 – The role of physical infrastructure in esports
8:30 – The GameSquare business model – backed by Code Red and GCN
12:45 – Describing “brand safety”
13:55 – Why non-endemic brands are getting involved in esports 17:45 – Following the playbook from “traditional” professional sports
22:15 – Ninja and Apex Legends
23:30 – Kevin’s background in programming and banking
27:30 – The wrap

About GameSquare Esports

GameSquare Esports Inc. is an international gaming and esports company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company is seeking to acquire additional assets and entities serving the gaming and esports markets and, more broadly, in sports and entertainment.

The acquisition of Code Red Esports Ltd. (“Code Red”), an esports talent agency, provided an initial foothold in Europe through its UK operations. Code Red represents leading on-screen talent, players and influencers and works with leading global brands to develop influencer campaigns and esports marketing strategies. GameSquare’s second acquisition of Reciprocity Corp. provides access to Asia, Latin America and North America.

Its gaming and esports assets include: a CrossFire franchise in China that it owns with its partner LGD Gaming, a 40% interest in a League of Legends team that competes in Latin America, and, its wholly owned subsidiary corporation, GCN, a digital media company focusing on the gaming and esports audience based in Los Angeles, USA.

Learn more about GameSquare Esports at https://thecse.com/en/listings/technology/gamesquare-esports-inc

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Mark Binns on Facilitating the Next Stage of Crypto Adoption | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black chats with Mark Binns, CEO of BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE:BIGG) to discuss the company’s commitment to delivering “compliance-first crypto” through their Netcoins and Blockchain Intelligence Group businesses. Mark also shares his thoughts on the current state (and price) of bitcoin and how his company is preparing for the influx of institutions moving into crypto currencies.

Here’s an overview of what James and Mark cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Mark Binns and BIGG Digital Assets (CSE:BIGG)
0:50 – The institutional influence on crypto and bitcoin
2:14 – What is Netcoins? …and the future of crypto exchanges
5:40 – The pros and cons of bitcoin ETFs
7:55 – The business reasons for purchasing bitcoin
9:30 – Does short selling occur on crypto exchanges?
11:05 – The origin of Netcoins and the world’s first bitcoin ATM
13:05 – What is influencing the price of bitcoin right now?
17:35 – Delivering compliance-first crypto with BitRank and QLUE
21:05 – $12M raised and use-of-proceeds
22:35 – What’s next for BIGG?
23:30 – The wrap

About BIGG Digital Assets
BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (BIGG) believes the future of crypto is a safe, compliant, and regulated environment. BIGG invests in products and companies to support this vision. BIGG owns two operating companies: Blockchain Intelligence Group (blockchaingroup.io) and Netcoins (gonetcoins.com).

Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) has developed a Blockchain-agnostic search and analytics engine, QLUE (TM), enabling Law Enforcement, RegTech, Regulators and Government Agencies to visually track, trace and monitor cryptocurrency transactions at a forensic level. Our commercial product, BitRank Verified®, offers a “risk score” for cryptocurrencies, enabling RegTech, banks, ATMs, exchanges, and retailers to meet traditional regulatory/compliance requirements.

Netcoins develops brokerage and exchange software to make the purchase and sale of cryptocurrency easily accessible to the mass consumer and investor with a focus on compliance and safety. Netcoins utilizes BitRank Verified® software at the heart of its platform and enables crypto transactions via retail locations globally, a self-serve crypto brokerage portal.

Learn more about BIGG Digital Assets at https://thecse.com/en/listings/technology/bigg-digital-assets-inc

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CSE Webinar: Understanding the Israeli Tech Sector

The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Ronnie Jaegermann, Venture Partner from Beyond Ventures, Simon Weintraub, Partner from Yigal Arnon & Co., and Tomer Nitzan, Presiding Officer, US-Israel Desk at BDO, for a webinar on June 11th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of capital markets professionals talked about the current state of the technology sector from the perspective of capital markets professionals in Israel.

Panelists discussed Israel’s technology ecosystem and the growth of high-tech capital-raising. Their talks included a by-the-numbers breakdown of Israel from an investment standpoint and a look at the factors that make it a unique environment for tech development, as well as how the technology sector evolved in 2019 and responded to COVID-19 in 2020.

The ensuing discussion looked at the character of Israeli investors and what factors make them consider investing in startups. The panel of investment professionals also talked about the merits of institutional investment and venture capitalism, how they hope the Israeli context evolves, and areas to watch in the future.

Happy Munkey on Why Cannabis Corporate Can’t Ignore Cannabis Culture | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black, Barrington Miller, and Anil Mall were pleased to finally return the favour and host Happy Munkey LLC’s Vladimir Bautista and Ramon Reyes for a deep dive on the intersection of cannabis corporate AND cannabis culture.

In this expansive discussion, the team shares why their recent feature in Forbes is further validation of their mission (2:06), how they are adapting and evolving their business during the pandemic (7:42), and their selections for “five mic” recipients in the cannabis industry (15:23).

Listen until the end to hear how they are preparing for cannabis deregulation in NY state (29:41), their plans for a post-COVID tour (36:30), reflections on their formative years of cannabis-use (42:17), and why industry pioneer Steve DeAngelo called them “superheroes” (48:55).

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CSE Webinar: Qualifying Technology Companies for Investment

The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Angela Jackson, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Portland Seed Fund, Derek Hunter, President and CEO of Bluesky Equities Ltd., and Sean Peasgood, President and CEO of Sophic Capital, for a webinar on May 19th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of microcap investment specialists talked about what qualifies technology companies for investment.

In this timely webinar, our guests talked about how they approach companies for early-stage investment, including what criteria companies have to meet, the importance of management having “skin in the game,” how disruptive tech companies can respond to COVID-19, and how their portfolios have adapted or pivoted to meet the current economic crisis.

Following initial presentations, our panel of specialists dove into what specific management qualities they look for, as well as the importance of letting management demonstrate its competence after a first round of investment. Panelists also talked about the effects that COVID-19 has had on setting apart adaptable from stagnant companies, which companies caught a tailwind from the current situation, and the merit in taking a down round in valuation in order to come back stronger. 

Bruce Linton on How the Game is Changing for the Tech, Cannabis and Health Sectors

CSE’s James Black recently spoke to Bruce Linton, Founder and former Chairman and CEO at Canopy Growth Corporation to reflect on his recent investment and advising activities in the technology, cannabis, and ‘neuro-pharmaceuticals’ sectors.

In this conversation Bruce explains how the pandemic is forcing us to rethink healthcare and how we need to leverage technology’s use in medicine (3:51), why he didn’t take time off after his departure from Canopy (8:30), and the two different paths that the US and Canadian cannabis markets are taking as the global market continues to develop (13:59).

Listen until the end to hear Bruce’s reflections on what it is like to work with Sir Terry Matthews, his interest in the neuro-pharmaceuticals space (aka “psychedelics”), and what he’s learned about leadership in tumultuous times.

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vireohealth.com
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A Primer on At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings | CSE Webinar

The CSE’s James Black was joined by Ron Sedran, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets from Canaccord Genuity, and Chad Schneider, Partner at Blakes Law Firm, for a special webinar on April 28th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, Sedran and Schneider cover the highly requested topic of “at-the-market” (ATM) programs. 

During the thought-provoking webinar, our esteemed guests discuss the background of ATM offerings and their applicability to our current market situation (2:50), the benefits of ATM distributions for issuers (10:36), the simple process of implementing an ATM distribution plan (15:16), and how Canada is looking to emulate American practices with proposed amendments relating to ATM distributions (27:03).

Following the presentation, Sedran and Schneider also provide additional insight on ATM programs by answering conference participants’ questions. Watch until the end for their valuable tips on how corporate clients can effectively communicate their ATM programs, as well as their top picks of Netflix shows to binge-watch during the lockdown. 

Brian McKinney on Turning Your Phone Into a Life Saving Device

CSE’s James Black was recently joined by Brian McKinney, President and CEO of ICEsoft Technologies (CSE:ISFT), to discuss why his company has never been busier as it currently serves its clients during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In this discussion, Brian shares how ICEsoft delivers enriched emergency information via its Voyent Alert! platform (1:08), how the platform specifically applies during a pandemic scenario (3:54), and the benefits of running a company that has always relied on ‘distributed employee sets’ (7:50).

Listen until the end to hear Brian’s perspective on running a public company in this challenging environment and the significant resources and time the company is putting behind the deployment and servicing of their life-saving technology.

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JB and Bear on Establishing New Norms in Times of Uncertainty

CSE’s James Black and Barrington Miller recently sat down to celebrate #HashtagFinance’s 100th(!) episode and reflect on the current state of work/life balance during the era of Coronavirus.

In this wide-ranging Sunday morning chat, JB and Bear discuss how they are adapting and delivering services from the exchange (1:18), the domino effect of events that occurred after PDAC (8:57), and the new WFH (work-from-home) routines that are being established in light of an extended quarantine (13:41).

Listen until the end to hear how the CSE will continue to help and communicate with clients during the pandemic crisis and the advice James and Barrington would give themselves 100 podcast episodes ago.

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Cameron Chell on the Race to Deploy An Epidemic-Tracking System

CSE’s James Black was recently joined by Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly Inc. (CSE:DFLY), to reflect on the new realities of operating a business during a quarantine and the opportunities being presented to his company during these challenging times.

In this conversation, Chell reflects on the ominous feelings he had during his trip through the Vancouver airport before the lock-down (1:15), how his company is working with the University of South Australia to deploy an epidemic-tracking system (3:50), and the “new normal” that will emerge as a result of COVID-19 (7:31).

Listen until the end to hear Cameron’s thoughts on how the pandemic will permanently change the way teams work together, the advantages of working from home, and his reflection on the opportunities that came from the last “black swan”.

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