Tuesday, 24 May 2011

New Media BBQ - What Scotland can learn from the Silicon Valley

Come and join us for our first informal networking BBQ hosted by fatBuzz.

DATE: Wednesday 8th June 2011
TIME:  6.00pm 
VENUE: The Golf Lounge, 221 West George Street, G2 2ND
COST: £10 +vat

Price includes a visit to the BBQ plus a welcome drink on arrival.

What Scotland can learn from the Silicon Valley

What do world leading companies like Apple, Facebook, Google or Twitter have in common? Apart from having an un-quenchable desire to build great products, they have all been established and are based in Silicon Valley. This 60 mile peninsula, running from San Francisco to San Jose has built a reputation for being home to the fastest growing and most impactful internet, and now mobile, businesses.

What can Scotland learn from these institutions?

This New Media BBQ will focus on the cultural learnings from Silicon Valley and what Scottish Business can learn from the 'Innovation Ecosystem' (McKinsey & Co. 2009). The Presentation will be led by Andrew McCalister (Heyzap, Mino Monsters) who will discuss:

- What markets are exploding…..and imploding

- How to raise the required funding

- What to do with it once you get it

- Building a killer culture

- Learning points from social gaming

Andrew McCalister, originally from Glasgow now lives and works in Silicon Valley. He charges ahead with Business Development for Heyzap, the largest social discovery platform for games in the world, and is a Board advisor at Mino Monsters, one of the hottest start-ups in Silicon Valley aiming to be the next Pokemon.

He is the youngest ever awardee of the prestigious Global Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his work on high-growth companies in Silicon valley. Prior to making the jump to California, Andrew graduated with Distinction from Cambridge University in Engineering and Business and Glasgow University with Engineering.

For his sins he went to school with Kyle Murdoch, fatBuzz.

Below you can view a short introduction video from Andrew about the New Media BBQ.


Price includes a visit to the BBQ plus a welcome drink on arrival. We also plan to run a few fun competitions on the golf simulators before and after the talk.

FatBuzz Ltd hosts the monthly New Media Breakfast series of seminars in Glasgow and Edinburgh with bi-monthly events in Aberdeen and Inverness. These events have attracted over 100 attendees and are growing every month in reputation and popularity.

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Hashtag for the event - #NmBBQ


  1. What a great idea for an event, bound to be another big fatbuzzed success. Fantastic speaker too despite his having gone to school with you!

  2. Thanks Belinda. Hope to see you there.

  3. Dear God!
    Was the term 'New Media' not utterly dead and buried in 2001?
    Thats Two-Zero-Zero-One.
    Sadly, I have a grown-up event on Thursday from the AM, otherwise would have loved to come along. Keep me posted about the next one @clarocada

  4. Well just jumping in the shower, quick wash and shave then looking forward to meeting up with everyone at the New Media BBQ tonight. Been hard at work so looking forward to a friendly get together and wind down