My friend and partner-in-some-crimes Mehtap Mae Özkan was on Jesse Draper’s (Tim‘s daughter) The Valley Girl Show. She’s having a lot of fun, talking money, politics, belly dancing, whirling dervishes and turkey with Jesse.
I blogged about the NuBridge Venture Summit (and the preceding NuBridge Angel Summit, which took place last week and was extremely successful) last week. However, as we are about to kick off this event, I believe it's such an important event for the Turkish internet industry, that I wanted to blog about it again, this time in a dedicated post.
The organizer of the event, Pamir Gelenbe, is London-based VC with Turkish roots. He approached me with the idea that a TechTour-style mini-conference would make sense for the Turkish market, while we collaborated on the European Tech Tour's Web & Mobility Summit back in November. I thought it was a great idea and said that we'd support the event.
In the following months Pamir worked hard at putting together an event that now has such a spectacular line up of participants that my expectations are far exceeded.
The event's format is primarily short presentations by leading Turkish internet companies, interspersed with panel discussions by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. There will be networking opportunities that will allow participants to connect and hopefully, a few funding deals will emerge from the event.
As with all events of this type, the critical success factor is who the attendees are. On that front, Pamir has done an excellent job and has lined up the following participants, each of whom play an important role in global venture capital:
- Acton Capital
- Big Bang Ventures
- Endeavour Vision
- General Atlantic
- Golden Horn Ventures
- Index Ventures
- Sardis Capital
- TA Asociates
- Tiger Global
- Tomorrow Focus AG
- Wellington Partners
For the event to accomplish its mission, an investor list of this caliber would have to be met with a local internet company line-up of equal strength. On that end, the event boasts a who's who of Turkish internet sector:
- Dogan Online
- Vatan Bilgisayar
I am very confident that this event will be looked upon as a unique milestone in the development of the Turkish internet industry. We are very proud to have our portfolio companies (befunky, grou.ps and Yogurt for GHV and YemekSepeti.com for me) presenting, and to have had the opportunity to support this event as a sponsor.