Success Stories | Two Big Ears | LAUNCH.ed

"Two Big Ears creates technology and design that helps you to see through your ears."

Abesh Thakur, Varun Nair

Abesh Thakur and Varun Nair met at the University of Edinburgh and collaborated on a Masters project together. They soon realised the immersive and interactive audio software they were working on had commercial potential. After a meeting with a business adviser they started to work on their company concept. Abesh became one of the first Santander Enterprise Interns at LAUNCH.ed which gave him a salary, incubation and dedicated coaching over the summer break to develop the company.

Two Big Ears founded in March 2013 and developed audio applications and tools, with a focus on mobile, virtual reality (VR) and emerging technologies. This could improve the VR experience.

Abesh and Varun both attended other events and workshops to help them develop their business model. Once they had built up a good proposition they were supported by LAUNCH.ed to secure a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, an Scottish Enterprise SMART Award of £100,000, and an Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship with a year’s salary and incubation.

In May 2016, just three years after forming, social media giant announced they had purchased Two Big Ears and this technology would be free as part of the Facebook 360 Spatial Workshop.

Abesh Thakur is now a Product Manager of the Audio 360 team at Facebook. And Varun Nair is an Engineering Manager for Facebook Audio.

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