Digital technology firms urged to think big at ScotSoft 2015

A picture taken from last year's ScotSoft Panel Question Time

Scottish tech companies urged to follow in the footsteps of Skyscanner and FanDuel, which were recently valued at $1 billion each

Audiences at yesterday’s ScotSoft conference in Edinburgh heard how they should ‘think big’ to help shape the future success of Scotland’s digital technology sector.
Scottish tech companies were urged to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Skyscanner and FanDuel, which were recently valued at $1 billion each, to achieve scale.
More than 350 CTOs and decision makers from both the private and public sectors turned out for the annual Global Forum organised by industry trade body ScotlandIS.
Designed to help business leaders and senior managers escape day-to-day concerns, hear new ideas and discuss opportunities with their peers, this year’s theme was ‘Think Big’ – with industry leaders from the US and Europe covering topics such as ‘intrapreneurialism’ and the importance of improving research and development.
Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “Scotland’s digital technologies industry is thriving and success stories like Skyscanner and FanDuel have shown the importance of a ‘can-do’ attitude. They have proved that it is possible for Scottish tech companies to take on the world, and it’s great to see that ambition and confidence permeating right across the industry . We have no shortage of ambitious companies but we need to make sure they can think big and reach their full potential.
“ScotSoft gives people the chance to reflect on their business and think about the future. All of our speakers this year are inspirational so I hope our audience left feeling enthusiastic, motivated and ready to take on the next challenge.”
According to latest figures, the digital technologies industry contributes more than £4 billion in GVA to the Scottish economy, with 80,000 Scots working in the sector.
For further reading on ScotSoft 2015, check out Edinburgh set to host first developers conference.

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