Acquired by Meta, Building Teams in Silicon Valley, & Back for Startup #2

Feb 28, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

CodeBase, 37a Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL

As we race into the end of Feb, we couldn't ask for a better speaker than Varun Nair. Varun has an unbelievable set of experiences. He sold his first startup Two Big Ears to Facebook (now Meta) back in 2016. After 4 years at Meta leading AR/VR Audio Software in the Bay Area, CA, he's back with his 2nd startup, AI-powered That Works. Believe us when we say that this will sell out fast. RSVP now!

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Acquired by Meta, Building Teams in Silicon Valley, & Back for Startup #2 

🔥 A Tell-All Fireside Chat with Varun Nair (Ex-Meta | Co-Founder & CTO at That Works)

It's been quite a few years for all of us and at Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved using our platform to bring people together to share ideas, spark conversation, and bring a sense of familiarity since we started way back in 2014. It's our 10th anniversary this year, so plenty of reasons to make it extra special.

Since 2014 we've hosted 100s of events with some of the most entertaining and inspiring speakers/startups from Skyscanner to Current Health, taken 30 startup founders and leaders to Silicon Valley and Helsinki on funded immersive trips, and done what we can to showcase the incredible things going on in the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As we race into February, we wanted to sit down with an experienced (and exited) founder who has seen it all. We'll be hearing from Varun about what it takes to be acquired by a tech giantbuilding teams at Meta's California HQ in Menlo Park, and his latest startup: AI-powered That Works.

📅 Date: February 28th, 2024

🕔 Time: 17:30 - 20:00

📍 Location: CodeBase Edinburgh

Are you ready to supercharge your startup journey in 2024? Whether you're an aspiring founder or a seasoned entrepreneur, this is your opportunity to unlock the secrets to success. Our event is not just another gathering – it's a powerhouse of practical, tactical advice that will set your startup on a trajectory toward greatness.

🗣 Guest Speaker

Varun Nair has spent the past 15 years building technologies, products, teams, and companies in the Bay Area, UK, and India. He's currently building That Works, a Mission Control for product teams to help automate adhoc and cumbersome workflows in product ops. Most recently he built teams and at-scale technologies at Meta in Menlo Park. Prior to that he co-founded Two Big Ears, an AR/VR tech company, which was acquired by Meta.

He has recently a member of the advisory board for the implementation of the Tech Ecosystem Review led by Mark Logan and is a Techscaler mentor to early-stage founders in Scotland.

Event Highlights:

🔥 Fireside Chat: 

Get up close and personal with Varun Nair as he shares his 15-year journey building cutting-edge technologies, products, teams, and companies across the Bay Area, UK, and India. Discover how he's currently shaping the future of work with "That Works," a game-changing Mission Control for product teams, streamlining adhoc and cumbersome workflows in product operations.

🌟 Tactical Insights: 

Expect real, actionable advice. Varun Nair will dive deep into the strategies and tactics that have fueled his success. Learn how to navigate the tech world, build at-scale technologies, and drive innovation in your startup.

🚀 Inspiration and Innovation: 

Discover how Varun Nair co-founded "Two Big Ears," an AR/VR tech company that was later acquired by Meta, and gain insights into the future of technology and entrepreneurship.

🤝 Ecosystem Mixer:

Connect with fellow founders, investors, and industry experts in a relaxed but vibrant networking environment. Build valuable connections and explore opportunities to collaborate and propel your startup to new heights.

We are limited to 75 people in the room, so save your spot now, share with a friend, and get ready to learn from a true expert.

Why attend?

- Share 2024 aspirations

- Learn from one of Scotland's leading startup founders & experts

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Free drinks and delicious food

- Share an ask with the community via our community open-mic

What you need to know:

What: Fireside Chat with Varun Nair (Ex-Meta; Co-Founder/CTO of That Works)

When: Wed 28th Feb 2024

Time: 5.30pm - 8:00pm

Where: CodeBase, Edinburgh, 37a Castle Terrace, EH1 2EL

Bonus Extras: Free Food, Drink & Open Mic

Check out what happened


  • Varun Nair

    Ex-Meta/That Works




Wednesday, February 28, 2024
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


Doors Open
Fireside Chat with Varun Nair (Ex-Meta; Co-Founder/CTO of That Works)
Community Open Mic
Networking, Drinks & Nibbles


  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland



  • Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland


  • Nick Murray

    Startup Grind Scotland


  • Caro Melendez

    Head of Operations

  • Emma Loedel

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Director - Startup Grind Glasgow

  • Amy Kelly

    Startup Grind Scotland | AK Marketing

    Head of Marketing

  • Oluwaseun Olabode

    Startup Grind Aberdeen

    Director - Startup Grind Abedeen

  • Alexandra Lloyd

    Startup Grind Scotland

    Edinburgh Events Team


CMS Law logo



Campfire logo


First Time Founder Podcast logo

First Time Founder Podcast

Techscaler logo


SWURF logo


AAIEmployAbility logo


About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.