Welcome to the Communitech Podcast: Episode 1.

Our first episode features a conversation between Mike Kirkup, Director of the University of Waterloo's Velocity program, and Ted Livingston, co-founder and CEO of Kik Interactive. They recently chatted on stage in front of 300 students at the University of Waterloo's Hagey Hall about Kik, BlackBerry, venture capitalist Fred Wilson, the future of chat, and how to build a billion-dollar tech company in Waterloo Region. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

If you don't have 45 minutes, we've put together a special little TL;DR version. Just over fifteen minutes, this cut has just two stories Livingston told on stage that can't be missed: the time Kik was sued by BlackBerry, and how Livingston secured Fred Wilson as an investor.