Owen Thomas, in an amusing article, likens venture capitalists to the Mafia:
Where the Valley really starts to behave like the Mafia is when your
company starts to hit the big time. Take YouTube, for example, which raised a rumored $25 million
last year before its Google buyout. That was enough to pay for two
years’ worth of bandwidth bills. Did YouTube really need that much
cash? Nah. It just needed enough to scare all the other online-video
startups, and keep big media companies’ lawyers from pushing the
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Mr. Cem Sertoglu,
Good Morning. I am a first year MBA student at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL, U.S.A. Prior to Kellogg, I was an entrepreneur and also worked in early stage venture capital in Chicago. I am taking a class this quarter in which we studied various aspects of Turkey and Dubai. Next week, during spring break, myself and two of my classmates, Rohit Garg and Dave Asahara, will head to Turkey. We are hoping to meet with entrepreneurs in Istanbul and other businesspeople that foster the entrepreneurial environment in Turkey.
I came across your blog as I was doing some research to identify potential contacts in Turkey. I was hoping you might be willing to meet with us or refer us to the right people and/or resources in Istanbul that we should contact. Thanks in advance for any help you may provide!