Author - Ozlem Ulueren

U.S.-Turkey Innovation Summit

Turkey’s innovation, R&D, and entrepreneurship ecosystems have drastically improved in recent years, shaping perceptions of Turkey as an emerging innovation center. Situated in the heart of a 25 trillion dollar regional economy, and graced by a young, dynamic, and tech-savvy population, companies have taken notice of Turkey’s brimming potential. Many have seized the opportunities recently made available to move their innovation operations to buzzing Turkish hubs like Istanbul and Izmir.

In response, the American-Turkish Council (ATC), a leading business association, announces the U.S.-Turkey Innovation Summit, taking place on July 21st at Harvard University’s Knafel Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit will convene and connect private companies, universities, and government institutions to facilitate partnerships in R&D and address related topics including innovation ecosystems, methodology, risk, and legal considerations.

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How To Avoid Time Wasters

Whether you’re a business leader, or a newly entrepreneur, you must avoid these time wasters:


  • Salesman: It’s a fact that small business leaders get a lot of phone calls from salesman. Really time consuming. Maybe you won’t be polite but you either have to interrupt their speech, tell you’re not interested and shut the phone or even if possible you may not hang up at all.
  • Employees: Every business needs their employees, without them, the business means nothing for sure. But you can spend hours and hours to find a good employee on the recruiting, managing, training or hiring periods. Think about the conversations you have with 1 employee in the day, think of the times you exchange emails, think of the meetings, think of the time you spend when creating the documents for their training etc. This way you can measure and reduce the time. Hiring on the other hand is maybe the most important part and you can’t just gloss over it. You have to take as much time as necessary to make sure you do the interviews right, in order not to hire the wrong person.

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Required Reading: Startup Rising

As my friends and family know, at the moment I’m painfully behind in most aspects of my personal life – my unread gmails recently hit 4 digits, my to-do list is embarrassingly outdated, even my blog posts here have been delayed (related: don’t expect time management-related posts from me anytime soon…) – but what troubles me most is how far behind I’ve fallen on my preferred reading list. I used to be a voracious reader, loving how a few pages can quickly transport you to a new place or spark excitement in heretofore sleeping neurons. Whether modern or classic, fact or fiction, books are the key to keeping the brain well-fed, creative, and curious.

I always wonder – “Why did you work in that company / sector / country? And how did you get there?” I recently huddled down with a book at the top of my list – Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, by Christopher Schroeder. The book was published in 2011, but I had the opportunity to meet Chris in 2015, and since then learn more about his experiences that led him on his path from US-based entrepreneur to investor and mentor in the Middle East in what is truly an inspiring read.

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Finding Investors Is Not That Hard

According to researches, especially since 25 years, only 5 percent of the entrepreneurs could find investors. What may be the problems? Finding ways to understand what the issues are can really help creative ideas to be successful. We spotted 3 important reasons about this issue:

  • The method that investors use to find and qualify a potentially successful entrepreneur is not a good system really. It gives most of the the responsibility to the entrepreneur. A scoring system however would work better, it may help determine if you are really ready to offer your Project to professional investors. And you may find the right resources on the way.

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School’s Out for Summer: Best Practices in Internships

In the United States, internships are a critical aspect of a CV or even a college application – from junior year of high school til the end of college (and again in grad school), students would put ourselves under stress to find the perfect ‘summer internship.’ These could be paid or not, in your hometown or far away, but for everything from getting into university to securing the first full-time job, these internship roles played a critical role in academic and professional progression. In Turkey, the idea of interns is less critical and less structured, but has increasingly gained momentum in recent years. To that end, a few best practices from hiring interns into your start-up:

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Spring Cleaning: Q2 is upon us

Remember in January when you set all those goals for 2016? Gentle reminder here: the first quarter has officially ended, and Q2 is here.

That gives the perfect opportunity for a little temperature check around your organization to see whether things are on track. It will help energize the team for another push before summer holidays inevitably interrupt. Specifically –

·         How is revenue trending relative to expectations? If your business is seasonal, how does it match up to the previous year’s Q1?

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Mark Solon will be in Startup Istanbul Event this year

Startup Istanbul is the leading startup event which gathers founders, investors and executives in the region. It brings together some leading startups, internet companies, business angels and venture capitalists from Asia and Europe. This event is made for networking. This year’s event will have more than 500 selected startups and more than 4.000 attendees.

The event will be between 6-10 October 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey and the first speaker of the event is announced: Mark Solon. He is one of the Managing Partners at TechStars. Previously, he co-founded and was the Managing Partner of “Highway 12 Ventures”.

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5 Reasons To Know User-Generated Content

User-generated content is very important nowadays in the business world. Your social media followers can promote your product or company in a more natural and authentic way. According to a research 1.6 billion people use social media (mostly Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) spending more than 5 hours a day consuming content created by the accounts they follow.

So how can you use UGC do for your own business and why is it this much important? We’ll give you 5 reasons why.

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5 Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

Unfortunately some parts of the business world is male-driven. So it can be hard for a woman to make an impact in those areas like tech and venture capital. Here are some tips for women who want to be in charge of a start-up:Be the change you want to see in the world: Maybe you think that there must be some diversity in the world of start-ups. Why not be the face of that diversity yourself? Sometimes the sofa calls for a new Netflix movie and some wine but if a woman wants to be a central part of a tech conversation, she must simply show up.

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