Scaling the World's No.1 Pizza Oven to £50M+ Revenue w/ Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho (Ooni)

Feb 25, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

What links the world's first portable outdoor wood-fire pizza oven, Bruce Willis and 300K+ raving fans on Instagram? Discover all as we sit down with esteemed Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho for a deep slice into the makings of the hottest startup in town - Ooni. Plus! We're back on Remo! This is your one-stop shop for all your virtual social needs.

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About this event

"You can't buy happiness but you can buy pizza and that's kind of the same thing"

Scaling the World's No.1 Pizza Oven to £50M+ Revenue w/ Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho (Ooni)

As we gear up for an action-packed February of Six Nations rugby, Teams notifications & Zoom marathons, we're back again with our hottest Remo event yet.

We'll be slicing into: how to scale to £50M+ revenue, selling in 100+ countries & how to create a community of 300K+ raving fans on Instagram.

Whether you're a thin or thick crust, Hawaiian or traditional, we have just the interview for you.

[Guest Speakers] Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho (Ooni)

Darina Garland is Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of global outdoor pizza oven brand Ooni. Darina is passionate about developing people, community, growing world-class teams and authentic partnerships. 

Known for extreme positivity, Darina champions culture and the experience of the team and their network. Ooni’s purpose is Everyone deserves great pizza. Lucky for Darina and the team- great Ooni pizza experiences are an everyday occurrence in the office.

Kristian Tapaninaho is Founder and CEO of global outdoor pizza oven brand Ooni. Originally from Finland, Kristian invented the world’s first portable wood-fired oven in 2012 when his pizza was good and he wanted it to be great. 

Through the spark of this initial idea Kristian’s gone on to to set the world alight with a range of innovative outdoor cookware products and leads the world class team building the future of Ooni. Kristian loves to run whilst listening to heavy metal, having saunas and as well as building a global brand- he has the goal of visiting every whisky distillery in Scotland. 

[Host] Dec McLaughlin (SG Scotland/DM Nutrition)

Dec McLaughlin is the founder of DM Nutrition, a 'nutritionist in your pocket' that helps entrepreneurs lose up to 10kg, build 3-4kg muscle and 1/2 stress levels in as little as 90-days. 

Dec discovered the power of science-backed nutrition micro-habits during his Medicinal Chemistry masters degree where he helped friends and relatives lose up to 20kg without hours of meal prep or exercise.

Since then, he has gone on to lead the restart of the Startup Grind Edinburgh chapter after a short period of inactivity. Speakers since 2018 include Gillian Docherty OBE (The Data Lab), Bruce Walker (FutureX) & Marta Krupinska (Head of Google for Startups UK).

Since the success of our 2020 End of Year Social, we wanted to keep things lively and provide a virtual space for connection to catch up with old friends, make new ones and share grand ideas and learnings with each other. With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to use Remo!

Remo is a virtual platform where you can interact face-to-face and move around a ‘room’ to different tables to meet and talk with other people.

We’ve set up to a few themed tables to get the conversation going with ecosystem experts as well as some space to chat at the ‘bar’ and some sofas for one-on-one conversations.

Themed Table Plan

- Money Matters

- Workplace Culture

- Marketing & Messages

- Talent & Team

- Creative Entrepreneurs

- Health & Mindset

- Startup Legals

- Community

- Chat at the bar & jump to a sofa a 1-1

If you’ve not used Remo before here is a quick introduction to the platform (it’s really easy)!

Why attend?

- Share your ambitions for 2021

- Connect with peers in a casual online setting

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Get advice from industry experts

- Have a conversation and some laughs to see in 2021 with a smile

- Share an ask or a project you’re excited for with the community

What you need to know!

What: Scaling the World's No.1 Pizza Oven to £50M+ Revenue w/ Darina Garland & Kristian Tapaninaho (Ooni)

When: Thurs 25th February 2021

Time: 6.30-8.00pm

Where: Remo

Bonus Extras: Partner offers and a chance to win a special prize via our Twitter competition!

Ticket Price: This is to help cover the cost of Remo. The SG Scotland team are fully voluntary and host these events to bring people and ideas together.

Check out what happened


  • Darina Garland


    Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer

  • Kristian Tapaninaho


    Founder & CEO



Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


Welcome & Making Friends
Fireside Chat w/ Darina & Kristian
Event Wrap-Up


  • 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


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