Small Talk with Gareth Williams in partnership with Societay
Come join Entrepreneurial Scotland and Societay for Small Talk with Gareth Williams.Co-founder and Chairperson of Skyscanner. Gareth will walk you through his entrepreneurial journey and will be interviewed with Chris Van Der Kuyl.
Skyscanner is a global travel search site and app, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices. Gareth Williams became fascinated with computers as a teenager. Before founding Skyscanner, Gareth worked as a ‘programmer for hire’, and as a keen skier would regularly escape to the slopes between contracts. However, Gareth soon 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. A pub brainstorming session with friends and co-founders Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes followed and Skyscanner was born. Skyscanner initially grew by word of mouth, and when thousands of people were using the prototype site every day, the three founders quit their day jobs. They opened an office in Edinburgh, and officially launched the Skyscanner site in 2003.
Skyscanner is unbiased and free, which means the more than 60 million people who use us every month can trust our comprehensive range of flight, hotel and car hire options. Our secret is in our self-built and industry pioneering technology, connecting travellers to the industry and the industry to travellers.
The company now helps over 80m travellers every month and are very much a mobile marketplace – with their free mobile app which had been downloaded over 70 million times. Skyscanner is available in more than 30 languages and 70 currencies: a global business with a local outlook. The Skyscanner team is made up of over 50 nationalities and 1,200 people across 11 offices.
There will be an opportunity to network before Gareth and Chris takes the stage in Waters Edge in Dundee.
Every ticket holder will receive a complimentary drink on arrival. There will also be an opportunity to network with everyone in the atrium prior to event commencing.
1st October 201918:15
WhereWater's EdgeCamperdown StreetUnited KingdomDundeeDD1 3HY