Newsletter : Oct’17

Tricks are supposed to be scary. No one wants one done to them. But what if we told you that it’s good to trick yourself – to think differently? Fall brings about change to the weather, the leaves – why not to our mindsets? We’re focused on new approaches this month. Check out our After Hours section for more ways to look at the world and yourself a little differently. It is the ultimate treat.

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Newsletter : Sep’17

September isn’t merely the end of summer. With shorter and cooler days, it’s back to school and work. Yet, it’s not a chore. In many ways, September is like a blank slate – a new start to focus on all the things on our minds (and, hopefully, lists). We’re ready to take charge. And, boy, is there a lot to take charge of. Those headlines can make one think that there is no hope. All the more reason to dive into creation and innovation. Let’s do this.

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Bu adamlar deli mi?

 

Türk şirketlerinin 2023’e kadar 64 milyar doları yurtdışındaki alım ve yatırımlara yöneltmesi bekleniyormuş[1].

Sevindirici bir gelişme; dünya sadece bulunduğunuz ülkeden ibaret değil, fırsatları kollamak, farklı ülke ve sektörlere açılmak bu rekabet ortamında her işletmenin olmazsa olmazı.

Benim anlamadığım, Türk şirketlerinin burnunun dibinde olan diğer fırsatları görmüyor olması.

Bu ülkeden dünya çapında başarı hikayesi olma yolunda ilerleyen teknoloji şirketleri çıkıyor. Bunlar büyük bir hızla ve özellikle Türkiye dışında büyüyor.

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Newsletter : Aug’17

It’s summahhh time…. We are working, we swear. In fact, we’re exercising our brains, brushing up on all things startup, VC, AI, VR, and MENA. Here’s our August Index of things we’re focused on, prepping for September. That’s right, back to school is around the corner. And we are so going to ace class this year.

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Newsletter : Jul ’17

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Damn straight Jack Kerouac. This month our focus is on the road. Hey, it’s July. But we couldn’t get over how many interesting things are happening in the transportation space. The Slovaks are building flying cars. Germany’s Daimler is snapping up ride-hailing companies across Europe. And, yes, there is the empty seat at the top of Uber….

Transport is everything, especially in MENA. You can have the greatest tech startup in the world, but if you can’t deliver a product or service to people – or if people can’t get to you, you’re finished. On that note, we dive into July thinking about transport and all things on the road.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere. Keep rolling under the stars…..”

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givin // Social Impact Startup

Social enterprises (SE) are spreading around the globe rapidly. A remarkable example for them in Turkey is a beautiful new-born ‘givin’ which combines growing online shopping with social impact trends. Through givin mobile app, users can sell any unused items and donate the proceedings to NGO projects that they choose, very easily.

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Newsletter : Jun ’17

Moore’s Law holds that the number of transistors per square inch would double every 12 months. Today, an integrated circuit holds more computing power than NASA did when it launched a man on the moon. Tech trends are advancing at a similar pace. Since the start of the year we’ve been watching FinTech and it is certainly getting interesting. So is the tech scene in Eastern Europe. This month we continue to follow trends in FinTech, but also have several interesting pieces that shed light on tech in Eastern Europe. Fasten your seatbelts friends. The ride is just getting started…..

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Why they exited?

The exit. It’s become the startup north star, even before the startup has gone from idea to operation. What is it? What does it involve? In this month’s 212 Deep Dive, we talked to a few founders to find out.

What is it?

To start, it’s important to note that “the exit” is a financial goal post. Not all entrepreneurs start companies with the idea of selling it to another or even going public. As Yemeksepeti co-founder, Melih Odemis, notes, it depends on the entrepreneur.

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Tahterevalli bize ortaklık hakkında ne öğretebilir

Efendim, ben küçükken oldukça ‘gürbüz’ bir çocuktum. Hatta annemler övünerek (…) anlatır; çarşı pazarda benimle gezerken, insanlar durdurup hangi pehlivanın oğlu olduğumu sorarlarmış. O derece bir irilik.

Çocukluğumdan hatırladığım tahterevalli sahneleri var. Hepiniz binmişsinizdir; iki çocuk karşı karşıya geçer, yukarı aşağı iner çıkarlar.

Benim bindiğim durumlarda bu olmazdı; zira ben ağır olduğum için bir süre sonra aşağıda oturuyor olurdum. Üşenip bacaklarımla yerden yaylanmayı bıraktığım için diğer çocuk yukarıda kalır etrafa aval aval bakar durur, kimi zaman çırpınır, aşağı gelebilmek için debelenir, çoğu zaman da mızmızlanıp ağlardı.

 

Geçenlerde bir dostumla sohbet ediyorduk. Melek yatırımları hakkında konuşurken, bir yatırımı hakkında sorular sordum kendisine. O şirketi hatırlamadığını söyledi. Melek yatırımcı grubu kanalıyla yatırım yaptığı şirkette o kadar düşük bir yüzdeye sahip ki unutmuş bile ortak olduğunu…

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Newsletter : May ’17

It’s May. In addition to shedding the winter slumber (and pounds – no more baklava), we’re shedding old mindsets. Souq and Careem have helped. The headline deals that both companies have made earlier this year are injecting tremendous excitement into the MENA startup ecosystem. We’re also keeping our eyes on all things fintech, which continues to be a rapidly changing landscape. As we start to countdown to our timeout on the beach, we’re ever more eager to see what the summer holds for MENA – and the Balkans, which we take a look at this month.

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