SyrupCast 57: All Together Now

This week, it’s all hands on deck for a discussion about Uber, BlackBerry, Shaw’s acquisition of Wind Mobile, and the tech that will inevitably be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this month.

Hosts: Daniel Bader, Ian Hardy, Igor Bonifacic, Patrick O’Rourke
Duration: 45 min

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  • danakin

    Another round-table!
    As I read the synopsis before clicking “play” I grinned at the prospect. The last round-table format was a winner and a clear improvement from Daniel’s dynamic duo with Doug.
    And now for something different, a reverse-chronological review of the podcast.
    Daniel’s abdicating the SyrupCast throne. This seems to be a trend in the tech podcast landscape; Michael Fisher from Pocketnow, Jeff from Let’s Talk iOS and now Darth Bader. He’ll be missed. There were a lot more hits than strike-outs with him at the dish.
    The MWC discussion felt solid with an undertone of not really finding footing. It’s understandable given this is the first 4 person discussion and the opinions expressed gave me hope that, if followed, this can be a hit. The G5 and S7 chatter offered nothing of substance to avid tech site readers but would have been informative for the novice set.
    The high-water mark of the show was the industry discussion mid-way through the show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Daniel’s in his element as a moderator. He’s knowledgable, personable, and doesn’t erode discussion. It will be interesting to see who can assume that role and how effective will he/she be if this format becomes the default. I only wish the group would have tackled foreign operators and the dynamic they could (and perhaps should) inject into the Canadian telecom space.
    The BlackBerry and Uber discussions offered little more than filler to kick off the format. The group didn’t really go far beyond the surface and that left me both disappointed and wanting more.
    While Daniel will be missed the one thing that’s been proven over the past month is that Doug, while an effective writer, is not an asset as podcast co-host. This point was never more obvious than when Daniel had Michael Fisher on the show. The purging of Jane last year was the first step in moving this podcast to the big leagues. Now it’s a matter of refining the formula and team dynamic to stay there. I’m hopeful for the podcast’s
    This week’s show gets a 7.8 SMSPR (Subjective MobileSyrup Podcast Review) score. A bold step into a brave new world…perhaps.