Ali SözkesenMarketing & Growth
Ali is an entrepreneur, a maker and a digital marketing and growth management leader with more than 10 years of experience. After managing Turkey’s top marketplace with the largest traffic, sahibinden.com, and doubling its traffic, Ali co-founded tapu.com, the first online real estate auction platform for the Turkish market. Ali received his BSc in Economics from Istanbul University. Ali can convert coffee into hobby machines, quick fixes and more customers, frequent returns & deeper engagements for businesses.
Umut GökbayrakTech Advisor
Umut is a software engineer and an exited entrepreneur with 25 years of experience. As well as being the founder/partner of 9 startups, he also took CTO and other senior corporate roles for more than 10 years at large scale companies. He can help build and enhance tech and product teams, productize ideas and fix technical scalability issues. Umut is passionate about business and helps business owners find better ways to do things and enjoy life more.
Seçil BaysalAdvisor, Los Angeles
Secil is an entrepreneur/investor focusing on disruptive credit/payment businesses. He started at McKinsey working with banking clients in Istanbul, Paris, Milan. Secil joined Capital One as the chief of staff to the co-founder and ran the credit business for underserved. He was part of the senior team at Green Dot, a prepaid business with $6B in transactions and took it to a $1B IPO. He started US markets for Skrill, an on-line payments company and Wonga, a lending platform with big-data underwriting. Secil is the COO at FastPay, a next generation lender. He holds an MBA from Harvard.
Sıla Çelik KöksalAdvisor, Germany
Sila started her career at RTL DISNEY where she built online paid platforms. She has deep experience in digital media, focusing on scalability, marketing and revenues. Sila was part of the senior team at JumpTV, an online video startup that did a $150M IPO. She founded The Chess Group, a consulting practice, serving startups and clients like RTL Interactive, MTV Networks and Dogan Online, the largest internet conglomerate in Turkey. She is a graduate of University of Cologne and Haribo’s number one fan.