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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.


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.


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


Philip Auerswald, Founding Executive Director at Global Entrepreneurship Research Network


Brett Nakatsu, Director of Expansion at UP Global


Ozan Sonmez, New Ventures Accelerator KAUST


Charley Haley, Special Counsel of Cooley LLP


Erik Anderson from Startup Wise Guys


Selcuk Atli, Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups


John Shewchuk, Technical Fellow at Microsoft


Said Rahmani Khezri, CEO & Founder of Sarava


Ussal Şahbaz, Program Manager of TEPAV / Global Entrepreneurship Program


Ertuğrul Belen, Founder of Networking Academy, Speed networking expert


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

Top 10 tips to take the best out of Startup Istanbul

The article is written by Mohammad Abu Musa, Etohum Ambassador at UAE.

Startup Istanbul is a must-attend event, without the right strategy you will end up spending hours and dollars without real added value to get out of the conference.

I am sharing some tips I found useful to get the best out of Startup Istanbul, where you can tap into important opportunities, useful connections, and have fun.

1. Start networking now

Many interesting speakers are joining the conference, start connecting now. Send quick email or tweet a few weeks ahead of time sharing how excited you are to hear his or her talk in the conference. On the conference day arrive 15 to 20 minutes before   the session start in hopes of catching the speaker before the session starts.

If it is a fellow attendee you are looking to meet, take the advantage of the speed networking where you have 90 seconds to connect with each person. So do not forget to bring lots of business cards.

 2. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize

Before you arrive to the conference, make sure you understand your goals, sort them out, and share them with your team (if so). Make sure you are chasing your most important goals first by asking the basic question of why I am here?

 3. Take the advantage of the first day

Make sure you are there the first day prepared and ready, some speakers or attendees may not be able to attend the whole conference, or want to catch an early flight. So make sure you connect with them before they leave.

4. It is Istanbul: eat, drink, and enjoy

Take care of yourself, enjoy your time there. Have some Kabab, keep hydrated, get good night sleep and refresh with group activities. You do not want to consume yourself first day.

 5. It is about you, not them

Figure out what is the most important for you not anyone else, some most interesting deals, connections, or even friends are made during side chats or small sessions rather than big keynotes or major sessions. It is about your goals not what is trending on Twitter.

6. Do not run the office and the conference at the same time

Dedicate a couple of hours for the office if there are issues you have to handle during conference days. Keep your focus on your goals during the conference and leave distractions behind.

7. Make sure you are connected to your team

If you are attending the conference with a team, make sure you are connected to your team. You do not want to look up the number of your sales person when it is the time to make that sale. Before you leave make sure everyone is onboard on Slack channel, WhatsApp group, or Facebook messenger

8. Make the best out of the sessions you are attending

Prepare yourself for sessions you are going to attend, familiarize yourself with the session topic ahead of time, and review the sparks’ blog posts, or other writing and videos.  During these sessions you can contribute, share, and connect with others not only learn and watch.

9. Speared the good

Do not hesitate to share your experience with others; also on the other way do not hesitate to learn from others. If this is the first time attending Startup Istanbul, ask others about their experience and pitfalls to avoid also do not forget to ask about the best places to visit in Istanbul.

10. Accept your experience

It’s important to be prepared before you arrive, however sometimes opportunities come from unexpected places and unplanned activities. Remember to be spontaneous, have fun, and make the best out of Startup Istanbul.

Christopher Schroeder Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference will take place on 03-05 October in Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center. As every year investors and top tier tech executives are talking on the stage at Startup Istanbul event, this year there will be no difference.

ChrisChristopher Schroeder, an American entrepreneur, speaker, advisor, venture investor and author, will be one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 event. He was co-founder and CEO of HealthCentral, which was sold in 2012. Previously he was CEO of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and CEO of LegiSlate.com. Christopher Schroeder is the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from top investors, mentors and advisors, and register for Startup Istanbul event here.

The Value of Mentoring in Entrepreneurship

All good mentors are experienced and trusted people who can guide and advise a person through the challenges of the business world. Especially first time entrepreneurs can benefit from having a mentor. If you haven’t found your mentor yet, you should consider looking for the right person, who can help you become the inspiring leader who you are supposed to be.

Here you can find 10 quotes that prove the importance  and value of mentoring in entrepreneurship. 

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton

“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching… Coaches or mentors are very important. They could be anyone – your husband, other family members, or your boss.” Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

“Get away from these two types of people: the ones who think you can only go as far as the situation you were born into; and the ones who think you can only go as far as the current situation you are in.”Dee Dee M. Scott

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” J Loren Norris

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” Bob Proctor

“What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction, mentoring, and leading.” Vivek Wadhwa

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things. Sometimes they just need a little nudge.” Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.”Oprah Winfrey

How to Make The Most of Networking

Networking is not only about getting in touch with as many people as you can; it is about creating the right connections and establishing valuable and enduring relationships with the others, relationship that will grow stronger over time. Here you can find five very simple yet effective tips on how to make the most of the networking opportunities you have. Continue reading

Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

Startup Istanbul is the leading startup event in the Eurasia region and every year investors and top tier tech executives are taking on the stage. One of the speakers at the upcoming Startup Istanbul 2015 event is Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut from MEF University.

Watch the video below and learn what are the five reasons why you should become an entrepreneur according to Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut and hear the valuable advices, which he gives to every person, who is interested in changing the world through the power of entrepreneurship.

If you want your startup to be a part of Startup Istanbul 2015 event, you are able to submit your startup application here.

Allen Taylor Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

Startup Istanbul is the leading startup event in the Eurasia region and every year investors and top tier tech executives are taking on the stage. One of the speakers at the upcoming Startup Istanbul 2015 event is Allen Taylor.

Allen Taylor is Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst and VP of Endeavor Global Network. As a firm believer in the power of entrepreneurship and as an expert in funding, he is successfully leading Endeavor’s efforts to connect their portfolio of 600+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. Don’t miss his presentation at Startup Istanbul 2015 event and register here

Find out more about the Magic of Endeavor from the video below.

Teruhide Sato Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

satoStartup Istanbul is the leading startup event in the Eurasia region and every year investors and top tier tech executives are taking on the stage. At the upcoming Startup Istanbul 2015 event the attendees will have the privilege to hear the Founder of BEENOS Inc. – Teruhide Sato. As an Internet, ecommerce and management expert, Sato strongly believes in the power and importance of entrepreneurship.

BEENOS is the largest ecommerce business incubator group in Japan which has the potential and ambition to deliver innovative shopping experience to the online buyers across SEA, Europe and USA.

Teruhide Sato was one of the speakers at Startup Turkey 2014 event, you can watch his presentation in the video below.

Steli Efti Will Be at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October

It is very exciting to announce that Steli Efti, who is serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Close.io, will be one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 event. Startup Istanbul is the Leading startup event in Eurasia. The event will take place in Istanbul on 03-05 October.  To register for the event, click here

Watch Steli Efti’s TEDxNewHaven Talk, where he talks about success in life and the importance of happiness in entrepreneurship.

The Importance of Business Networking for Entrepreneurs

Networking is one of the most essential personal skills for business people, but it is extremely important for entrepreneurs. Communication and strong presence in the entrepreneurial ecosystem are productive approaches which will help you along your way to building strong relationships with other entrepreneurs from different age groups, nationality and fields of interest.

Business networking events organized around the world bring together extraordinary groups of highly-skilled and talented entrepreneurs who are united around the idea of communication, sharing, creating and developing ideas and last but not least meeting with potential investors. These events attract people from different experience levels and backgrounds. All these people are looking for connection, inspiration, advice, opportunities and mentors.

Networking is powerful in many different ways. Not only entrepreneurs will feel inspired and motivated after attending specific events or meet ups, but also many exceptional opportunities can occur if they impress potential investors or business partners. Do not forget to be yourself and present your company the way you want other people to see it in order to create honest fundamentals for one potential business relationship.

Approach the networking as any other part of your business. Create a plan with specific goals that you need to follow. Know when, where and why you are going to an event, what your goals are and what do you want to achieve with your attendance to this particular meet up. As an entrepreneur your time is very important and you must have clear vision of what you are going to spend it on. Cautiously select your options and choose the one that will bring the most advantages to your business. It is widely known that connections come as a result of other connections and as usual the hardest part of the whole network-building process is the start.

In order to impersonate your business and yourself it is not enough just to be present, you need to be active, memorable, to provide value to the others with your presence and to make them want to stay in touch with you. Be ready to impress, to be remembered and desirable for future business relations.

Once you meet the people you wanted to establish relationship with keep this connection going after the event. Stay in touch and manage to continue the actual communication which will be foundation for your strong relationship and network.

Do not underestimate the power of local networking and attend networking events and meet ups around you. Knowing the local community has great advantage and you never know where the next big chance or inspiration will come from.

In the era of communication, it is unnatural to limit yourself by staying solely local, even if your business is devoted to the local community. Attending international meetings and reaching out to people from around the world will expand your vision and improve your business approach. Meeting other entrepreneurs, angel investors, bloggers and all other business enthusiasts will inspire you to reach for your personal improvement.

It doesn’t matter which part of the world you come from, if you share the spirit of entrepreneurship you are most likely to be very welcome to attend different network events. Knowing your business and goals you have various opportunities to attend different events, by choosing from casual groups to highly professional associations. Never forget that successful, strong connections are built when your tools meet your right interlocutor. Pick your approaches according to the type of event you are attending. Choosing a casual behavior can be just fine for local network events, but joining and being part of specific association is difficult task and you need to put more effort to it.

Online networking for business is a great way to use the power of the internet. While you need to list your attendance to different events far ahead in the upcoming schedules, you have the opportunity to stay connected and build strong network online. Your business is unique, so be sure that you are able to present your uniqueness online as good as offline.