TechCrunch Euro Tour – it's time for the Istanbul Meetup

As I have said previously, I’m on a tour around Europe, looking for Europe’s best and brightest startups, and I’m happy to say, it’s going very well. I already have a stack of content to write up in between plane journeys and queuing for passport control, and to that end, today I’m in Turkey. TechCrunch and Turkish Web 2.0 blog Webrazzi teamed up to do a meetup in Istanbul. Thanks to our generous sponsors, below.

Nokta Internet Technologies, established in Turkey and North America, has operations in the online sector with the vision of “developing and operating leader social media platforms in Turkey and in other emerging markets where large auidences and advertisers are connected”. Nokta properties serve as platforms for sharing all forms of user generated content. Some of Nokta’s projects in the Turkish market are: Turkey’s largest blogging community, Turkey’s biggest video sharing platform, amateur and professional photographers’ photo sharing platform, Turkey’s leader movie portal, and all purpose photo sharing platform Nokta’s youngest project, Turkey’s new online advertising platform Virgül was launched on February 2008.

ADTECH is an innovative ‘new media agency’ offering unique and combined affiliate and mobile marketing solutions to advertisers on a cost per acquisition basis. We have built a fantastic reputation by delivering the highest ROI available online and we look forward to helping you grow your business with a successful affiliate marketing program. We maintain the largest affiliate network in our region and our affiliates are amongst the most skilled and best paid in the industry. We are also highly skilled with mobile marketing, thanks to multi-years of mobile business experience of CETECH Inc., our major share-holder. Visit us for designing and deploying the best digital advertising package for your brands, too.

Key to social interaction for the i-Generation is to be constantly ‘switched on’ and available to others. Significantly, the mediated aspects of mobile technology means that social connections are valued for their ‘liveness’, whereby interactions are expected to take place in ‘real time’. CETECH is an M-VAS company that has developed remarkable social connectivity tools via mobile internet convergence and have created new opportunities for i-Generation to incorporate these technologies within their everyday lives. Visit us for making the right choices and developing an adequate strategy on mobile internet convergence that will determine your future success, too.

BERIL Tech is a company focused on developing and growing internet startups. After selling two successful startups (Blogcu, to international companies in 2007, BERIL Tech is continuing to develop commercial search, content and accessibility products, including vertical business search engines (in Turkey) and (global, US and European versions). BERIL Tech is also backing and operating startups like Botego, UygunTeklif, Yonlendir and Another branch of the company is making angel investments to help entrepreneurs succeed. BERIL Tech is founded in 2002, privately held and based in Ankara, Turkey. Founders of BERIL Tech have established a sister company and set up offices in Los Angeles, California, US in 2008. is an online “shopping guide” where you can compare products according to their comprehensive features and prices. is enhanced by an advanced search-engine technology in order to be able to guide customers on their buying decision criterias like ”price” and “technical features”. Customers are directed to the e-commerce sites of the suppliers they choose, once they’re done with their comparisons and want to proceed to the transaction phase. With its user-friendly design and up-to-date detailed product features and photos, one can easily and rapidly compare as many products as he/she likes in one simple attempt. is the largest Turkish e-trade platform with more than 2 million registered users, over 450 thousand daily visitors and over 900 thousand listings at any given time. GittiGidiyor which has created a powerful marketplace for enhancing C2C trade, has undersigned more than 4 million transactions since its inception. This trustworthy, easy and rapid service is driven by No Risk System invented by GittiGidiyor. The world’s largest online marketplace eBay with its global presence in 39 countries has become a minority shareholder of GittiGidiyor in May 2007.

Golden Horn Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in high technology companies. Golden Horn Ventures is the only venture capital firm who is committed to technology ventures in Turkey. Golden Horn Ventures takes an entrepreneurial approach to investing and partnering with companies whose technologies have certain characteristics such as innovative, disruptive, scalable, high growth and emerging.

hakia is a pioneer in the semantic search space and is currently in the late stages of developing technology with the potential to revolutionize the search industry. Founded in 2004, hakia is privately held and based in New York City. For more information about hakia, please visit

ReklamStore is an online advertising network which provides its advertisers a fast, effective and productive platform for their respective campaigns. ReklamStore offers an advertising environment with minimum transaction costs with maximum benefits to advertisers but also to all publishers. With expert analysts and developers, software of ReklamStore maximizes the return from every advertising dollar. Also, ReklamStore aims to provide its publishers their deserved share of the online advertising market. With over 25 million adviews and 2 million unique visitors daily, ReklamStore has become one of the most comprehensive advertising media in Turkey.

You’re curious about something ? Settle it by watching an expert on it ! UZMANTV.COM offers 10 thousand high resolution “Ask the Expert“ videos to more than 1.2 million unique visitors per month though it’s been only a year since its launch in summer 2007. Total duration of videos on site has now accumulated to 375 hours and many new shootings are on their way!

XING makes your professional network an active part of your life. Far more than a directory of business contacts, XING enables its members to discover professional people, opportunities and privileges through its unique discovery capability and advanced contact management tools. With the successful IPO of XING as the first Web 2.0 company to go public, XING AG has had a long-term impact on the social networking trend amongst professionals. By focusing on the target group ‘business people worldwide’, the company is able to offer tailored features, thereby making networking and contact management simpler. Besides Headquarters in Hamburg, XING AG is also represented with offices in Barcelona, Istanbul and Beijing. XING. Powering Relationships.