Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Startup Istanbul Challenge: Meet The Selected Startups #8

Startup Istanbul event offers to the selected startups the opportunity to receive mentorship and training from very experienced mentors, entrepreneurs and investors. The startups will receive 2 days of training. On 1-2nd of October, selected 100 startups will get together at Istanbul and meet best mentors from mainly US and Europe. Every startup will pitch to the mentors and get feedback. 2 full days, startups will get the chance to work with the best mentors. In the end of second day, a special dinner event will be organized for startups and mentors. Continue reading

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Four Awesome Tools to Help You Stay Connected With Your Team

Nowadays, most entrepreneurs embrace the remote way of working in their startup culture and often their employees are situated in out-of-office environment. On the other hand, many entrepreneurs are traveling very often, are away on business meetings and attending important events which makes it difficult to monitor the team work closely. Luckily, we are living in technology driven era and everything is possible if you have the right tools for it. Here you can find four awesome tools that will help you stay in touch with your team members wherever you or they are located at the moment. Continue reading

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Startup Istanbul 2015: Speakers and Mentors

We are just less than a week away from the most important startup event of the year – Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference. To emphasize on the importance and the significance of the event, here we will present to you an extended list of this year’s mentors and speakers, who will be talking on the stage at Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center in Istanbul.

Along with Steve Blank, Dave McClure, Steli Efti, Teruhide Sato, Morten Lund and Prof. Hans Wissema, on the stage of the event we will also see:

Iliana Montauk,  Director of Gaza Sky Geeks. GSG , the first startup accelerator in Gaza, is run by Mercy Corps and was launched in collaboration with Google.

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Fadi Bishara, Founder & CEO of Blackbox, which is empowering global born startups with Silicon Valley resources. Prior to founding Blackbox, Fadi was the founder and CEO of techVenture.

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Ferruh Gürtaş, Corporate and Government Affairs Director of Intel Middle East, Turkey & Africa

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Philip Auerswald, Founding Executive Director at Global Entrepreneurship Research Network

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Brett Nakatsu, Director of Expansion at UP Global

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Ozan Sonmez, New Ventures Accelerator KAUST

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Charley Haley, Special Counsel of Cooley LLP

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Erik Anderson from Startup Wise Guys

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Selcuk Atli, Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups

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John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft

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Said Rahmani Khezri, CEO & Founder of Sarava

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Ussal Şahbaz, Program Manager of TEPAV / Global Entrepreneurship Program

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Ertuğrul Belen, Founder of Networking Academy, Speed networking expert

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Don’t miss the opportunity to become a part of the most exciting entrepreneurship event in Eurasia and register today.

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The Art of Leading and Connecting People and Ideas

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.People will follow.” quote from Tribes

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Startup Istanbul Challenge: Meet The Selected Startups #7

Startup Istanbul event offers to the selected startups the opportunity to receive mentorship and training from very experienced mentors, entrepreneurs and investors. The startups will receive 2 days of training. On 1-2nd of October, selected 100 startups will get together at Istanbul and meet best mentors from mainly US and Europe. Every startup will pitch to the mentors and get feedback. 2 full days, startups will get the chance to work with the best mentors. In the end of second day, a special dinner event will be organized for startups and mentors. Continue reading

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Web analytic tools you should try for your startup

As web analytic tools are very important for every startup, their use has never been easier, and according to Mathew Johnson, who is Distribution-Hacker-in-Residence at 500 Startups, this is one of the biggest problems. In his presentation at Master In Growth event, which took place on December 12, 2014 in Istanbul,  he said: “The biggest problem is that it is so easy to use, you don’t have to know what you are doing.”

Here are the six web analytic tools which every entrepreneur and their startup can benefit from.

Mixpanel

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Kissmetrics

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Heap

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Baremetrics

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Chartio

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Periscope.io

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Startup Istanbul 2015: Extended List of Attendees

Startup Istanbul, the leading startup event in Eurasia, this year will take place on 03-05 October.  As every year investors and top tier tech executives from all over the world take on the stage, this year there will be no difference.

Along with Dave McClure, Steve Blank, Morten Lund, Teruhide Sato, Prof. Hans Wissema and the rest of the world-known speakers and mentors of the event, many other entrepreneurs, investors, and startup enthusiasts will attend Startup Istanbul 2015 event. Here you can find extended list of the attendees of the event. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the most important startup event in Eurasia  and register for the event here. Continue reading

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Protect your personal assets from the business risk of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs tend to put all their personal assets in their business, especially at the early stages of the startup. Risking much by starting your own business, there are certain things that you can do to protect your personal assets from unexpected situations. Here we talk about the possibility to lose personal assets like your mortgage, resp. home, or other personal policies like retirement plans or insurance. Continue reading

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3 things that are holding you back from launching your startup

You have this great idea and you believe that it has the potential to become successful business. You feel confident in your skills and knowledge. You have all that it takes to become part of the entrepreneurial world. But there is something that holds you back. You are not the only one. Many others delay the launch of their startups and here you can find the most common reasons for this.

You wait for the perfect moment

Looking for perfection in any startup venture is the reason why we don’t see many successful ideas to be executed. Startup companies are in search for suitable business models. “In search” means that they need to develop and adjust to the market. If you look for perfection in your startup, then you are not completely embracing the purpose of it. Save your ideals for later and just start from where you are now.

You are afraid from failure

To start a business venture of any kind and scale, you need to be ready to risk. Look at the possibility of failure as a potential source of experience and knowledge. The failure by itself is not that scary, what is scarier is the fear of it. In order to overcome this barrier you need to ask yourself what is more important: not to fail or not to try.

You don’t know where to start from

Every beginning looks unclear. Look at the whole picture like it is a puzzle with unknown count of pieces. Start from the place that looks readable to you and soon you will find the way to add the rest of the pieces to your beginning look. Once you start you will be able to see the big picture easily and clearly.

To build something big, you need to start from somewhere. You need to create your own beginning. Start with what you have, leave the perfection for later, turn the fear of failure into motivational force and you will be able to begin your startup journey, feeling more confident and prepared.

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Startup Istanbul Challenge: Meet The Selected Startups #6

Startup Istanbul event offers to the selected startups the opportunity to receive mentorship and training from very experienced mentors, entrepreneurs and investors. The startups will receive 2 days of training. On 1-2nd of October, selected 100 startups will get together at Istanbul and meet best mentors from mainly US and Europe. Every startup will pitch to the mentors and get feedback. 2 full days, startups will get the chance to work with the best mentors. In the end of second day, a special dinner event will be organized for startups and mentors. Continue reading