WHAT WE DO
We identify scalable business models and pair them with great people & high caliber resources. Our goal is to fund and operate multiple ventures to their next funding. We focus on web, mobile and tech enabled businesses and are based out of Istanbul.
WHO WE ARE
TEAM
ATIL ERKEN
GENERAL PARTNER
Atil started his career at Andersen Consulting. He has held senior management roles at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, HealthCentral (acquired) and has deep expertise in building and growing companies, fundraising and acquisitions. As an entrepreneur, Atil founded ventures that build web/mobile solutions for consumers/enterprises. He advises two New York-based incubators and has a track record of investing in successful early-stage ventures. Atil holds an MBA from Duke and has a continuously decreasing standup comedy audience.
SILA ÇELİK
GENERAL PARTNER
Sila started her career at RTL DISNEY where she built online paid platforms. She has deep experience in digital media, focusing on scalability, marketing and revenues. Sila was part of the senior team at JumpTV, an online video startup that did a $150M IPO. She founded The Chess Group, a consulting practice, serving startups and clients like RTL Interactive, MTV Networks and Dogan Online, the largest internet conglomerate in Turkey. She is a graduate of University of Cologne and Haribo's number one fan.
CEVDET NUHRAT
JEDI MASTER
Cevdet started his career as a software architect. Before helping incubate technology solutions for the Technology Holding, he stayed in Seattle to help startups. He then assisted the development of online cars and real estate classifieds platform for Hurriyet Internet group and was the tech lead for Turkey's top online retailer Modagram. Cevdet received his BSc in computer engineering from Bilkent & Texas Tech and is the proud father of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
PELİN BEDİRHANOGLU
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Pelin is a second time entrepreneur with financial services background. She started her career at Garanti Securities where she worked on a $2.1B IPO & on the establishment of a $400M private equity fund along with Cerberus Capital Management. She co-founded, raised $850K seed funding and ran operations for Doktorburada.com, an online doctor appointment platform. Pelin received her BSc in chemical & biological engineering from Koc and holds an MSc from Imperial College London. She is a proud chef whose parties ironically do not end up in hospitals.
EMİR TÜMEN
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Emir recently worked at Bain in Zurich focusing on strategy & private equity. Prior to Bain, he worked at Apple and Grundig in hardware engineering. Emir is an early stage investor in and co-developed the business plan for annelutfen.com, the leading e-commerce platform for moms & kids in Turkey. He has deep expertise in opportunity assessment, modeling and strategy. Emir received his BS in electrical engineering from University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Stanford. He keeps making lousy attempts at writing fiction during the time left over from his TV series marathons.
PINAR RAMSAY
ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE
Pinar started her career taking part in launching the online trading platform for Finansinvest. She later found her calling in textiles and specialized in business development and procurement for the Turkmen Group. Most recently, Pinar led buying for all fashion brands for Turkey's top online retailer Modagram, sister company of Trendyol (backed by Kleiner Perkins). Pinar received her BSc in Business from Koc. A natural born race car driver, she excels in left foot breaking.
NESRİN AKPINAR
ACCOUNTING & SUPPORT
Nesrin has over ten years of work experience in accounting, legal compliance regarding accounting matters, operations and controlling. She started her career at Kutay Dis Ticaret to later continue at Ipekyol Giyim, a fashion brand. There, she played an active role in overseeing credit card transactions. Post Ipekyol, she continued her career at Mobile Ventures Group, a telecom startup. Nesrin completed her higher education at AOF in business administration. It is rumored that Benjamin Button movie is inspired after her getting younger every day.
VENTURE PARTNERS / ADVISORS
ANDREJ HENKLER
MUNICH
Andrej is a serial entrepreneur & active entrepreneurial investor. He served as the right hand of the CEO of Bertelsmann Group and led the turnaround of VOX. Andrej founded and exited several companies in the Media space and is currently managing a portfolio of over two dozen companies such as Evernote, Palantir, Robotex, Node Prime, Taulia, Vidyo, Leeo,, CapLinked, Spectrum Investments, Starting DOT, AIMED Capital, CCP, Blue Sky, Travelnuts, VItafy, Kollabora, InternMatch. Henkler received his BA from Institut d'Etudes de Sciences Politiques, Paris.
SEÇİL BAYSAL
LOS ANGELES
Secil is an entrepreneur/investor focusing on disruptive credit/payment businesses. He started at McKinsey working with banking clients in Istanbul, Paris, Milan. Secil joined Capital One as the chief of staff to the co-founder and ran the credit business for underserved. He was part of the senior team at Green Dot, a prepaid business with $6B in transactions and took it to a $1B IPO. He started US markets for Skrill, an on-line payments company and Wonga, a lending platform with big-data underwriting. Secil is the COO at FastPay, a next generation lender. He holds an MBA from Harvard.
MATTHEW MILNER
NEW YORK
Matt is a media & technology executive with a history of entrepreneurial success, having founded and sold tech companies to giants like Hearst. He started his career in sales & trading at Lehman Brothers. Matt is currently the Managing Partner of Buttonwood Ventures, where he builds financial media and technology ventures and a co-founder of Crowdability, a provider of investment research on equity crowdfunding. Matt received his BA from Cornell and holds an MBA from Kellogg.
HAKKI GÖKTAŞ
BUDAPEST
Hakki started his career as a consultant at PWC & Deloitte, focusing on CRM. He was the GM of Netbul & Noktalar, focusing on web/mobile. Hakki exited angel & VC-backed ventures, including Turkey's first digital music store (JV with Shazam) and a music based social network, Soundklan. He founded LeFood, an online food delivery network and Napideal, (JV with Grupanya backed by Intel). He co-founded Green Travel, a large tour operator in Hungary. Hakki received his BA from ODTU.
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