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.
Since 1998 Gorkem has a career in finance; first 10 years Financial Audit and Control in commercial banking, 2 years in Investment Banking, 5 years in Private Equity and the rest in start-up ecosystem. He has been involved in investing in companies at different stages since 2011. 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 as an investment principal and the CFO. Following his career at Mediterra and before founding Collective Spark, Gorkem consolidated his prior investments under Mora Capital. Gorkem holds BS from METU and an MBA from Stanford.
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.
Banu started her career as a community leader at Mentor Effect supporting StartersHub portfolio startups. She also worked in the customer success team of Mutlubiev before joining Kolektif House as a program manager for Isbank’s Workup accelerator where she ran five cohorts, structured a $100K perk package, supported startups for fundraising & global expansion. Banu received her BA from Kocaeli University and was in broadcasting before “coincidentally” entering the startup ecosystem.
Sarp holds bachelor of art degrees in economics & finance from London School of Economics and Istanbul Bilgi University. He has experience In FMCG and financial services through multiple internships. As a curious fresh graduate, he loves market research, analyzing untested business models and the gaming sector. He is an up and coming DJ with a consistent audience of one, which he believes is a good start.
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.
Umut is a software engineer and an exited entrepreneur with 25 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 large scale companies. 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.
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.
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.