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 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.
Gorkem has more than 18 years experience in finance where for the last 7 years, he was involved in investing in companies at different stages. He co-founded multiple start-ups in the e-commerce space and angel invested in others. After relocating back to Turkey, he joined the founding team of 165M EUR mid-cap PE fund Mediterra as an investment principal and the CFO. After leaving Mediterra and before joining Collective Spark as a General Partner, Gorkem consolidated his prior investments under Mora Capital. Gorkem holds an MBA from Stanford.
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.
Prior to joining the team, Caglar was an Associate Director in the Turkey-dedicated private equity fund of the Abraaj Group after working for the private debt fund of Gulf Capital in Dubai, the investment banking division of RBS in London and the corporate banking team of ABN AMRO in Istanbul. Caglar has a B.A. degree in International Trade from Bogazici University and is a Robert College graduate. He was involved in tech investments previously & is passionate about mobile gaming – particularly building, merging or crashing things.
Ege started her career at PwC in 2007 and joined Deloitte Financial Advisory Services in 2013. Before Deloitte she spent a year at PwC Netherlands. She participated in 20+ due diligence engagements in buy & sell side working with multi-national offices, M&A houses and PE firms. Ege has a successful track record in building high-level relationships with international investors, sell-side/buy-side management teams and advisors. She has a BS degree in Business Administration from Bilkent University.
Muhammet organized a countrywide entrepreneurship competition called EnterPrize and managed a Harvard College project when he was a sophomore at Bogazici University. After leading a committee of volunteer students at Bogazici Entrepreneurship Center, he started his career at Reckitt Benckiser in trade marketing. Later on, he joined Startupbootcamp Dubai where he worked closely with many startups. He most recently had a sales role at Twentify. He is a huge fan of Besiktas and an expert at getting into hot water.
Umut is a software engineer and an exited entrepreneur with 22 years of experience. As well as being the founder/partner of 9 startups, he also took CTO and other senior corporate roles for more than 10 years at companies such as Hurriyet and Turkcell. He can help build and enhance tech and product teams, productize ideas and fix technical scalability issues. Umut is passionate about business and helps business owners find better ways to do things and enjoy life more. Yes, he loves Linux too.
Ali is an entrepreneur, a maker and a digital marketing and growth management leader with more than 10 years of experience. After managing Turkey’s top marketplace with the largest traffic, sahibinden.com, and doubling its traffic, Ali co-founded tapu.com, the first online real estate auction platform for the Turkish market. Ali received his BSc in Economics from Istanbul University. Ali can convert coffee into hobby machines, quick fixes and more customers, frequent returns & deeper engagements for businesses.
Guliz has 15+ years of experience as a professional in Banking sector, management consultant and entrepreneur. Her key areas of expertise include marketing, product/service and process design, implementation management and strategy. She has worked for Citibank, Garanti Bank and McKinsey & Company and has founded her independent consultant practice. She has also been a partner of and managed two growing companies in sports sector. She holds a BA in Economics from Bogazici University. As a certified mindfulness instructor, Guliz takes great joy in facilitating mindfulness trainings.
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.
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.