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Talk on Entrepreneurship & Journey to Silicon Valley Aydin Senkut Stanford University, January 2011Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Path to Silicon Valley• Boston University Finance & International Studies• Hoffmann La Roche (Pharmaceuticals) Controller, Casablanca, Morocco Corporate Finance, Basel, Switzerland• University of Pennsylvania / Wharton School Summer Studies - Brazil MBA Marketing & MA International Studies (Focus on Portuguese / Brazil) Lauder Program, LTCB of Japan Scholarship• Silicon Graphics (SGI) Business Development Product Manager, MineSet• Google Product Manager, Google International Launch International Sales Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Why Silicon Valley ? Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
European Entrepreneurship…Source: Image from olex.openlogic.com Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Differences Between US & Europe EUROPE US What entrepreneur ? Entrepreneurs Rule Comfortable Average Failure is OK Socialism & Capitalism & Entitlement Ownership Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Turkey / Entrepreneurship / Venture Capital• Active & Large Internet Population Among the 5 most engaged in the world according to comScore  Among the 5 largest internet market (after Germany, France, Russia and UK)• Loves Facebook #3 Global audience for Facebook (based on size, behind US & Canada)• Examples of Recent pan European Turkish entrepreneurs A new electric car initiative / purchase offer of Heuliez / Murat Gunak (fmr Head Design at VW) AirTies – networking gear (#4 of 75 on Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2009)• Last Annual Meeting of EBAN / Pan European Angels / VCs / Seed Investors in Istanbul Source: Bloomberg Businessweek March 2010 Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Felicis Ventures - BackgroundAydin Senkut• First Google Product Manager & International Sales• Angel Investor with 60+ investments, 18 exits• Among the top 25 Tech Angels according to Businessweek (March 8, 2010)• Felicis Ventures II, LP closed on July 15, 2010 at $40M Acquired by Acquired by Acquired by IAC AT&T Disney Mixer Labs Acquired by Acquired by Intuit Twitter Acquired by Acquired by Google Shanda Games Acquired by Acquired by Acquired by eBay Microsoft Google Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
Strategic Focus of Felicis Ventures II L.P. Our main goal is to find and work with the best founders & technology companies • in fast growing areas (such as the 3 horizontal market segments below) • in huge potential markets (such as the 4 “mega markets” below) • that can turn data into actionable intelligence9 Copyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011
THANK YOU @asenkut firstname.lastname@example.orgCopyright Felicis Ventures LLC, 2011