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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 2: Jason Goldlist - Wealthsimple, Venue and an unusual path to tech entrepreneurship

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Sep 23, 2021

Category: Podcast , Renaissance College

UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 2

Jason Goldlist - Wealthsimple, Venue and an unusual path to tech entrepreneurship 

Jason Goldlist (BPHIL’06), graduated from UNB with a bachelor of philosophy in interdisciplinary leadership from Renaissance College and is currently CEO and co-founder of Venue, an online platform for virtual special events that inspire and engage. He’s also co-founder of TechTO and has an impressive resume, including as head of marketing and general manager of Wealthsimple.  

In this episode: 

  • Lessons learned from consulting in Africa and then jumping to work for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver 
  • Jason’s philosophy around choosing career moves to intentionally build the right skills and follow the right people 
  • What’s needed more than flashy websites and ads to be successful as a company 
  • The Superbowl ad that helped Wealthsimple burst onto the scene 
  • The story behind TechTO and what’s needed to grow tech startups in Canada 
  • The origins of Jason’s new company, Venue 
  • Jason’s advice for anyone wanting to build an idea into a venture  
Where to listen:

Links and resources: 

Venue: https://www.venue.live/ 

Wealthsimple: https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-ca/ 

TechTO: https://www.techto.org/ 

Wealthsimple Super Bowl Ad - Mad World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd3MMysL2NE 

Wealthsimple - Take care of yourself (Ping Pong - Super Bowl): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2yDAuDZijY 

Jason’s LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/goldlist 

Thanks to: 

Our alumni hosts, the AAA Team: Arsham, Arash and Armin Ahmadi

Music by alumni artist, Beats of Burden

Our alumni Affinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard

To listen to UNBeknownst and for more info on the podcast, the hosts and how to subscribe to be alerted to new episodes, visit our website.