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!
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 giant, building 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.
🔥 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.
- 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)
Come early to meet old pals and meet new ones! Coupled with delicious food, and drink.
Fireside Chat with Varun Nair (Ex-Meta; Co-Founder/CTO of That Works)
Intro about Startup Grind, Sponsors & Partners followed by an action-packed fireside chat covering exiting to Facebook, growing tech teams in Silicon Valley, and building an AI-powered startup, with a short Q&A to finish.
Community Open Mic
Attendees can come on stage to ask for help for their startup/organisation for 60 seconds! Keep your message sharp!
Networking, Drinks & Nibbles
Wrap-up with networking over drinks & nibbles, before joining us at 4024 to continue the conversation.