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December 21, 2005

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Cagan Senturk

I think it's a great idea. I would be more than happy to participate and offer my office as the first meeting place.

Gökhan Karakus

A good idea to create some more pluralism in the local tech sector. Although I would recommend that you broaden your scope for Istanbul beyond TECH to the subject of INNOVATION i.e. IST Innovation Meetup. In this way you would reach entrepreneurs with new business models, the telco crowd, new media etc. My two cents....

csertoglu

Good point, Gokhan. I used "technology" for the sake of paralellism with my group in NYC. My proposed idea for the Istanbul group is "Istanbul New Economy Group". "Innovation" could be an option, as well.

Ercan Erciyes

I think the challenge of linking individuals working at the boundaries of the various disciplines to share ideas will help the development of the "technology culture" in Istanbul.

There might be some special interest groups such as Web2.0, mobile, electronics..etc to arrange special events for the group members.

Burak

I agree with you Cem, there is definately a need like this especially in Istanbul, the business hub of the region. To get people interested, you need to have some sort of incentive like organizing a forum where entrepreneurs showcase their products/services, pitch their ideas to VCs, have high-profile debates on hot topics, roundtables, awards and recognition etc etc.

csertoglu

Burak-
Good point. The evolution of the event will exactly be what you describe: an informal forum where entrepreneurs can present their companies, students discuss their projects, and investors, their interests. As far as awards go, as long as the form doesn't take over the substance, why not? One thing I am keenly wary of is how we Turks like recognizing our friends for the sake of camaraderie...

Burak

We should go for it, and if needed, clubs like TUSIAD/TUGIAD/TUBISAD/TUBIDER can also be considered for partnering, or VCs in Turkey like ilab.com.tr or turkven.com or ttgvgirisim.com or isgirisim.com.tr
As a side note, you can check out meetwithapproval.com for organizing the event. (Note that I am not affiliated with anyone of them). In any case, as you said Cem, there should be an informal cocktail kind of first meeting to brainstorm to get the gist of such a venture.

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