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Startup Grind Edinburgh Hosts Gareth Williams (Skyscanner)

Startup Grind

Monday, February 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)

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Gareth Williams, Skyscanner

Skyscanner’s CEO, Gareth Williams, became fascinated with computers as a teenager. Pursuing his love of code, he went on to study mathematics and computing at Manchester University, where he met ‘fellow geeks’ Bonamy Grimes and Barry Smith (who went on to become Skyscanner co-founders) who bonded over music and computer code.

As a keen skier who regularly escaped to the slopes, Gareth became frustrated with the difficult and tedious process of searching multiple airline and travel agent websites to find the best flight prices.Gareth envisioned a solution: a single website that could collect, collate and compare prices for every commercial flight in the world. At a pub brainstorming session between the three friends, from a simple excel spreadsheet, Skyscanner was born.

The project grew by word of mouth and when thousands of people were using the prototype Skyscanner site every day, the three founders realised they were on to something and gave up the day jobs. Opening an office in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Skyscanner site was officially launched in 2003.

The company grew to become the number one flight search engine in Europe. In 2011 a Singapore office was opened to help grow Skyscanner in the Asia-Pacific market, a Beijing office followed in 2012, together with a Glasgow office, followed in 2013 with an office in Miami. Now offering flight searches in more than 30 different languages including Thai, Japanese and Russian, Skyscanner is the travel site of choice for independent travellers all over the world.

Skyscanner continues to grow by listening to its users and giving them what they want; a travel website that is fast, flexible and finds the cheapest flights, hotels and car hire – with no added fees and no fuss.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

Phin Mpofu, Director of Startup Grind Edinburgh

Phin is Managing Partner at REVIDIUM International a digital marketing and technology solutions agency which specialises in business automation for SMEs and Founder of HOMESPLACE a start-up which has the potential to revolutionise the way properties are transacted in the UK. A natural born leader, avid networker, team player and passionate about entrepreneurship and technology, Phin lives by the mantra "Learn, understand, master".

Email: phin@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @RevidiumPhin

Local Partners


Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights, as well as car hire and hotels.

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

Disclaimer: Startup Grind event ticket sales are non-transferable, non-refundable, and final. If an event is cancelled due to weather, speaker availability, or any other unforeseeable event you will be refunded automatically. If a speaker moves the event date you will have 48-hours to request a refund if you are unable to make the new event date. Please direct any additional ticketing issues to customerservice@startupgrind.com.

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When & Where

Skyscanner HQ
Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place
EH3 9EN Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Monday, February 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)

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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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