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Startup Grind Istanbul Hosts Dilawar Syed (CEO of Yonja Media Group)

Startup Grind

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EEST)

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Dilawar Syed, CEO of Yonja Media Group

Dilawar is CEO of Yonja Media Group, a leading emerging markets social media company. Founded in 2003, Silicon Valley and Istanbul based Yonja Media operates major social networking, recruiting, mobile and local commerce brands. The company is backed by Tiger Global. Prior to joining Yonja Media, Dilawar was at Yahoo! where he was head of strategy and operations for Yahoo’s Platform Division. Earlier, Dilawar spent several years in leadership roles in enterprise software. At SAP Dilawar helped launched the company’s CRM solution; and at Siebel he grew Siebel’s integration platform to a multimillion dollar business. Dilawar started his career at Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young in financial services, energy and telco practices. Dilawar has played a leadership role in a broad range of civic efforts globally. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Dilawar to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The Commission advises the President on public policy including education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, immigration and civil rights. Dilawar chairs the Commission’s Economic Growth Committee and drives engagement with AAPI entrepreneurs across the country. In his role as Commissioner, Dilawar has engaged small businesses on initiatives including access to capital, patent reform, open data and Health IT, skilled workers immigration and public-private partnerships. In 2008, Gov. Dean appointed Dilawar, National Co-Chair of the DNC’s South Asian Leadership Council. Dilawar is board member and past president of entrepreneurship non-profit OPEN Silicon Valley; advisor to eTohum, Turkey’s top incubator; and member of H2, Silicon Valley’s leading network of digital executives. Dilawar has participated in the U.S. State Department’s entrepreneurship delegations to Turkey and U.A.E. Dilawar holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.


The event registration fee is 15 TL and is payable at the door. The fee includes the Drinks&Food and the great fire side chat.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

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Ozan Sonmez, Director of Startup Grind Istanbul

Ozan started his career at Deloitte and served in managerial positions for 8 years in the financial services sector. He transitioned into business development roles in a private university, then to entrepreneurship and impact investment roles with Angel Wings Ventures where he launched the AWV's Turkish office. He's a NBIA certified incubation manager and is passionate about teaching, supervising, motivating entrepreneurs as a jury, mentor, trainer in international events like MIT GIST and various national start-up events. He's the co-creator of Social Change Labs, the first social entrepreneurship incubation program and is most proud of this. He has an MBA and an MS in Environmental Social Sciences and loves tattoos btw

Email: Ozan@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @mrozansonmez

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EEST)

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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

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