500 Startups invests in Insider

Insider, a digital experience delivery platform for marketers, secured investment from 500 Startups to fuel its global expansion.

500 Startups is a leading global Venture Capital and Start-up Accelerator with investments in more than 1,600 start-ups in more than 60 countries.

As an innovative marketing platform at the junction of ad-tech and mar-tech, Insider provides predictive modelling and segmentation services to world’s leading brands such as Singapore Airlines, UNIQLO, New Balance, Toyota and Lenovo.

Having over 130 employees and offices in Tokyo, Singapore, London, Dubai, Moscow, Warsaw, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Istanbul, the Company is planning to use the funding to support its expansion into 17 countries by the end of the year.

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Beyond Payment

Innovation has been, without question, one factor behind the excitement about entrepreneurship worldwide. From the microchip to the iPhone, the personal computer to virtual reality, new technologies have pushed progressed forward – and transformed our lives.

Among the biggest transformation: social mobility. Millions across the globe have moved out of poverty into the middle class. That is certainly true in Turkey and its surrounding region.

The biggest impact of the middle class? Spending.

The middle class has fueled growth in consumer products, in services, on the Internet – and, most importantly, in payments.

How people pay for goods and services has created the hottest startup opportunities.

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iyzico raises $13m in Series C round


We are pleased to announce iyzico raised USD13 million in a round led by Vostok Emerging Finance with participation from 212 Capital Partners and International Finance Corporation.

Vostok Emerging Finance is a part of Vostok New Ventures with more than USD600 million of Net Asset Value and investments including BlaBlaCar, Gett and Delivery Hero.

For press release and news links:

Full Press Release

http://tech.eu (English)

https://webrazzi.com (Turkish)

 

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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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Yorulduk

 

“Yorulduk…”

Yakından takip etme fırsatım olan bir girişimin kurucu ortağı 4 yılı aşkın süredir devam eden süreci böyle özetledi.

Oldukça kalabalık, rekabetin yüksek olduğu bir sektörde çalışıyorlar. Sürdürülebilir, kaliteli, zamanında üretim başından beri uğraştıkları problemler arasında. Düşük miktarda üretim yaptırabildikleri için farklı ve küçük atölyelerle çalışabildiler, bu da hayatlarını daha da zorlaştırdı.

Çok iyi bir ekipler; biri teknik, diğeri tasarım ve üretim tarafında, iki ortak dengeli bir yapı kurdular.

Ama yoruldular.

 

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iyzico Closes $ 6.2 million Series B Investment Round

iyzico Closes $ 6.2 million Series B Investment Round with the IFC, 212, Endeavor Catalyst and Speedinvest

Istanbul, Turkey – May 25 – iyzico, a Turkey based payment solutions company, closed a $6.2 million Series B investment round with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s investing arm, Istanbul based venture capital firm 212, New York based investor Endeavor Catalyst, and Speedinvest from Austria. The IFC led the investment round.

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Recent Developments in Competition Law Enforcement in E-Commerce

Av. Bora Ikiler is a counsel at Moroğlu Arseven 

(Turkish version can be found below)

Lately, both global and local competition law enforcement is focusing on online markets. The recent press release of the Turkish Competition Authority about opening an investigation on the activities of Yemeksepeti and the press release about the statement of objections of the European Commission against Google, signals that e-commerce markets will be on the radar screen of the competition law enforcers for a near future.

 

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Startups, investments, & role of the government

Following decades of living in between Tokyo and New York and working at investment banks, I decided to move to Istanbul in 2010 to cultivate entrepreneurship and venture investments. The city, Turkey’s financial center, had started to emerge as a hub for tech startups, particularly in the e-commerce sector. Yet, there were no institutional investors – there was no Turkish venture capital.

Not long after I had landed in Istanbul did Kleiner Perkins, one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms, invest along with Tiger Global a combined $26 million in Trendyol, a Turkish version of Gilt Group. In a separate deal, eBay purchased local company GittiGidiyor.com for over $200 million. Indeed, the ease with which my partners and I set up our firm, 212, and raised our first fund of $30 million confirmed my supposition that investing in Turkey had promise.

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