Yesterday, we had the first meeting of the Istanbul New Economy Group (NEG?) at Bizim Tepe (no links, because the BT website is a disgrace.) About 40 people showed up. The format was primarily a cocktail party, with a round of introductions by the participants. Thanks to all who showed up.
My goal for NEG is to create a forum where ideas around entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and venture capital can be shared more freely than they presently are in Istanbul. I would like to modify the format for the next meeting to include a set of presentations by entrepreneurs, project managers at large companies, and potentially VCs, on what they are working on. I think these presentations can ignite the idea exchange and the feedback loop that ultimately enables these ideas to grow.
In the next few weeks, I will organize a mailing list for the participants in NEG. I look froward to any thoughts and/or suggestions.