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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2017 Predictions

2016 was a difficult year. From where I sit in Istanbul, this is what I saw: stifling emerging market growth; a plummeting Turkish Lira (20% decline); terrorist attacks in Turkey and Europe; a worsening refugee crisis; a coup attempt.

Any one of these would dissuade even the most ambitious entrepreneur in the West from launching a business. Not here. Entrepreneurs in EMEA are tough. I am in awe of the resilience the entrepreneurs demonstrated throughout the year. They did not just survive; they evolved, grew stronger and entered new markets. As you can see here: Continue reading

No money, no honey

Assuring sustainability in your startup from the beginning especially in this environment but not strictly because of the environment is a must.

What does assuring sustainability mean?

It means, profitable growth and focusing on making money on day 1; as my father would say, “no money, no honey”.

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Yatırımcılara en son ne zaman email attınız?

Yatırımcılara en son ne zaman email attınız?

Yatırımcı listenize bu ay kimler eklendi?

Dışarıdan sermaye almak istemiyorsanız veya ileride de kesinlikle ihtiyaç duymayacağınızı düşünüyorsanız, problem değil.

Ama bir gün yatırım almanız olası ise, tavsiyem ileride masaya oturabileceğiniz kişileri her ay kısa bir email ile şirketinizdeki gelişmelerden haberdar etmeniz.

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Revenue Recognition: Revenue – the Elephant in the Room

About Me:

I started my career as a CPA in New York 13 years ago, later working in London and finally now in Istanbul. From big corporates like PwC, to being one of the first hires setting up and automating the operations of a newly formed hedgefund, TPG Axon NY also set up the office for TPG Axon London.

Next moving into venture capital, at Accel, where I discovered my interest in technology and start ups.

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Ne satıyoruz?

–Webrazzi ile eş zamanlı olarak yayımlandı–

 

PayPal 1 Temmuz’da Xoom’u USD890 milyona aldığını açıkladı.

Xoom

  • Bireylerin Amerika’dan gelişmekte olan ülkelere[1] kolay para transferini istedikleri platform üzerinden yapmasını sağlayan bir şirket
  • San Francisco ve Guatemala’da ofisleri var
  • 2015’in ilk çeyreğinde USD1.7 milyarın gönderilmesine aracılık etmiş

Benim dikkatimi çeken değerleme oldu; Xoom son 12 ayda USD20 milyon EBITDA yapmış[2].

Yani 45x’e yaklaşan bir EBITDA çarpanı ile değerlenip satılmış.

Diğer ödeme ve para transferi sağlayıcılarına baktığımızda, çok daha farklı, 2015 öngörüleri üzerinden 8-15x’lerde dolaşan EBITDA çarpanları görüyoruz.[3]

Xoom’un değerlemesi 2015 EBITDA tahminin 36x katı.

2001 senesinde kurulan, yıllık cirosu %30lar seviyesinde artan bir şirket nasıl bu fiyattan satılır diye düşünürken, bir süredir aklımda olan bir başka fikir daha da netleşti:

Biz bu coğrafyada zamanı satıyoruz.

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Ideas define entrepreneurship. Information drives it.

(Türkçesi aşağıdadır)

In emerging markets, it’s not easy to access the right information.

The steps entrepreneurs must take to register a business, apply for a license, and raise capital are still under development. Many countries still lack laws and policies regarding startups. This is especially true when it comes to venture capital. In many countries, such as Turkey, it is difficult to draw up a term sheet in the same way you would in the United States.

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