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Kaan Ak#n

Founder, CEO at Hackquarters

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As a technology savvy engineer and marketeer, my true passion is to work in internet products and shape the
world.
Understanding user behavior and needs in different mediums such as digital and real life is passion and finding
solutions to these complex problems is my challenge.

Specialties: Monetizing, Product Management, Product Development, Project Management, Community


Management, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Response Analysis, Gamification, Pricing, Market
Creation, Niche Markets, FCMG, Digital Marketing Strategy, Start-ups, Start-up business plans

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Founder, CEO - Hackquarters
November 2015 - Present (1 year)
Apply now to our Accelerator at www.hackquarters.co
https://medium.com/hello-from-hackquarters/hackquarters-hello-world-617e58793d94#.5q68dk6ts
Startup Europe Week Co-Organiser - Istanbul - Startup Europe Week
January 2016 - Present (10 months)
Startup Europe Week is an initiative of Startup Europe / European Commission.
Many global initiatives have been created to celebrate entrepreneurship. Typically, such events follow the
Silicon Valley format (keynote motivational speeches, networking sessions etc).
But Europe is different and requires something more when it comes to starting a business. Regional diversity
and local policy making play a big role in shaping European startups. European regions are key players, from
helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. That is why we think it
is critical to include the regions in this conversation. And that is exactly why we created the Startup Europe
Week.
From 1st to 5th February 2016, SEW partners all over Europe will present the projects sponsored by Startup
Europe and all other relevant initiatives being developed in regional ecosystems. Entrepreneurs will have

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the chance to meet Startup Europe project leaders as well as some of the most relevant people supporting
entrepreneurs in your region.
During one week, the Startup Europe Week will unite all european regions to help entrepreneurs make a
difference and turn Europe in a better place to start and grow a business.
Co Founder - Vetmapp
September 2015 - Present (1 year 2 months)
Durum acil oldu#unda, zellikle mesai saatleri d###nda en yak#n hizmet veren 7/24 a#k veteriner klini#i
bulman#n ne kadar zor oldu#unu ve bulmaya al###rken ki harcanan zaman#n kk dostlar#m#z iin ne
kadar hayati nem ta##d###n# biliyoruz. Bu yzden a#a##daki hizmetleri siz duyarl# hayvanseverlerimizin
yard#m# ile dostlar#m#z#n sa#l#klar#na kavu#malar#nda ve belki de hayatlar#n#n kurtulmas#na yard#mc#
olmak iin al###yoruz.
Tm hayvanseverlerin ak#ll# telefonlar#nda olmas# gereken uygulama.
www.vetmapp.com
Accelerator Advisory Board Member - SXSW
May 2015 - Present (1 year 6 months)
The eighth annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition presented by 24/7 Intouch will take place in Startup
Village on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. A live audience as well as a panel of expert judges
will discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology.
Since its inception in 2009, weve seen 305 companies compete and a whopping 65% of those companies
went on to receive combined funding in excess of $2.6 billion (does not include undisclosed grants or angel/
seed funding) and 13% have since been acquired by the likes of Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post,
Apple, Live Nation, OpenTable, Constant Contact, and Harmon.
How does the competition unfold? On Saturday, March 12, 2016 a total of 48 Interactive technology
companies will captivate a live audience, a panel of three judges and co-emcees in Round One with their
ideas, innovations, products and/or services. These 48 companies are selected by the SXSW Screening
Committee from the hundreds of startups from across the United States and around the world who applied
for SXSW Accelerator by the November 8 deadline. We are no longer accepting applications.
On Sunday, March 13, 2016 the field of 48 will be narrowed down to the top 18 companies and these 18
startups will return to present to a new set of co-emcees and judges. At the end of the day on Sunday, these
judges will select the grand prize winners for each category. These winners will go on to be honored at the
SXSW Accelerator Awards, which occurs at the Hilton that evening.

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Be among the first to see the most innovative product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the
world. Catch a glimpse of the industry's future at SXSW Accelerator 2016.
Angel Investor - TRANGELS
March 2015 - Present (1 year 8 months)
Trangels is an Angel Investment Network operating in Turkey and supporting startups of various category.
For incubation and investment opportunities, please contact me or us at www.trangels.com
Marketing & Product Mentor - Next Media Accelerator
June 2015 - Present (1 year 5 months)
next media accelerator is a network driven accelerator for startups creating new information experiences and
tools. We host batches of five teams over six months at our offices in Hamburg.
next media accelerator was founded by several independent partners in order to offer startups a place to
succeed. The program is looking for companies that bring innovation to the media industry and look for
international markets.
Apply -> http://www.nma.vc/
Technology Blogger - Medium.com
April 2015 - Present (1 year 7 months)
Co-Founder - degistir.co
September 2014 - Present (2 years 2 months)
Head of Product & Strategy
Member of the IAB Turkey New Trends Committee - IAB
June 2014 - Present (2 years 5 months)
Digital Strategy Consultant - roundabout
December 2013 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Creating Digital Strategy Roadmap for clients from various markets.
roundabout
work. design studio
shop. small store
collab. common space
roundabout is a boutique design studio with a range of clients focusing on print work.
roundabout is also a place where you can stop by, work and shop.

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Located in Firuzaga, Istanbul, the studio is open to anyone who wants to say hello.
Founder - Sofee
December 2014 - Present (1 year 11 months)
Sofee is a ground breaking experience of how you consume and engage social media channels. Easy to get
connected, easy to get notified.
http://sofeeapp.com/
Internal Communications and Strategy Manager - Do#a Koleji
February 2015 - October 2015 (9 months)
Head of Products & Strategy - Arkony
July 2014 - June 2015 (1 year)
www.maidan.co & www.dewan.io
Digital Marketing Manager - Yandex
June 2012 - July 2014 (2 years 2 months)
* Creating & monitoring official Yandex content on different social media and understanding responses
* Development and management of digital engagement projects
* Clustering users according to usage habits and developing engagement strategy
* Supporting various marketing projects
* Increasing loyalty by analyzing user behavior and needs
Revenue Management Specialist - PepsiCo
June 2010 - June 2012 (2 years 1 month)
* Understanding consumer needs and development required products / product bundles
* Incremental sales via new product launch / promotion
* Segmentation of products and understanding market opportunities
* Competitor performance tracking in terms of sales
* Proxy communication for Sales / Marketing / Sales operations
* Project development for new market segments
Social Media and Marketing Specialist - Boatbooking.com
July 2010 - October 2010 (4 months)
* Localization of Boatbookings.com for Turkish customers
* Turkish customers management
* Communication strategy development for different geographical / SES zones
Project Course Teaching Assistant - Sabanci University
January 2010 - June 2010 (6 months)

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Psychological research on students of Sabanc# University, conducted with Dr. Meral ulha
SU Peer Tutor Program Coordinator - Sabanc# University
September 2008 - June 2010 (1 year 10 months)
Managing the peer tutor program for undergraduate degree students.
Mechatronics Engineering Intern - KaleAltinay Robotics and Automation Company
June 2009 - August 2009 (3 months)
Improving of the self balancing robot prototype
Sales Executive Intern - Surf Style Retail Management Inc.
June 2007 - August 2007 (3 months)
Management of product portfolio
Sales support

Onurlar ve dller
Best Mobile Application of 2013 - Yandex.Navigator
Webrazzi
January 2014
Due to huge success of Yandex's Navigator application and intensive marketing efforts, we have been granted
with "Best Mobile Application of 2013" within a competitive candidate pool.
Best SMS usage scenario for Mobile Marketing
Mediacat
January 2014
In order to increase awareness and downloads of Yandex.Navigator, we used SMS targeting for people who
are facing traffic problems. Targeted SMSs were sent to locations and hours which are critical for commute.
Due to great call to action and perfect timing, CTRs of the campaign were best in class.
Best Product Launch - Mixx Awards
iab
February 2014
Yandex.Browser product launch received Bronze Mixx Award in "Best Product Launch" category
Non Profit Public Services
iab
November 2014
With creative application of content based targeting increasing awareness for domestic violence. Amnesty
Day
Best Team Development Program - Silver
Brandon Hall
September 2015
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We are a preeminent research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 20
years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations.
We have world-class research, data and expertise in Learning & Development, Talent Management,
Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Management. Our Team leverages our everexpanding and extensive base of research to create methodologies, tools and frameworks that unlock the
value of the key practices and apply them to your organization.
Our Human Capital Management Academy (HCMA) represents the new age of professional development.
Each Academy workshop puts research-based leading practices in your hands along with exclusive online
tools that empower you to actively forge a path to high performance and break-through business results.
Your HCM decisions are too important to be left to chance. You need DataNow - timely, relevant, validated
and easy to access research results at your fingertips, filtered by market size, revenue, geography and high
performing organizations across our practice areas.
Brandon Hall Groups TotalTech is your easy-to-use HCM technology selection tool.
Best Advance in High Potential Development - Bronze
Brandon Hall
August 2015
About Brandon Hall:
We are a preeminent research and analyst firm, with more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 20
years of delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations.
We have world-class research, data and expertise in Learning & Development, Talent Management,
Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, and Workforce Management. Our Team leverages our everexpanding and extensive base of research to create methodologies, tools and frameworks that unlock the
value of the key practices and apply them to your organization.
Our Human Capital Management Academy (HCMA) represents the new age of professional development.
Each Academy workshop puts research-based leading practices in your hands along with exclusive online
tools that empower you to actively forge a path to high performance and break-through business results.
Your HCM decisions are too important to be left to chance. You need DataNow - timely, relevant, validated
and easy to access research results at your fingertips, filtered by market size, revenue, geography and high
performing organizations across our practice areas.
Brandon Hall Groups TotalTech is your easy-to-use HCM technology selection tool.

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Gnll Deneyim
Product Insight - Motorola: Project Ara
November 2013 - Present
Project ara is a cutting edge technology project lead by Motorola, which enables reusable mobile phone parts
for future. Currently I am volunteering each part of the project from product to marketing.
See more: http://motorolaara.com/

Projeler
GSYandex
Aral#k 2012 tarihine kadar #u Anda
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Cagdas ONEN, Nurkan Kirkan
Big partnership campaign with one of the biggest football clubs in Europe. The project had many components
in different media such as TV, Digital, Blogs and Social Media. Project was a great success and proceeded
by variants with other football clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
Product Launches of Yandex Turkey
Haziran 2012 tarihine kadar #u Anda
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Cagdas ONEN, Peter Harun Bulut A#ca, Alexandr Laryanovsky, Leonid Chernyy
During my experience at Yandex Turkey, I have launched major services of Yandex localized for Turkey.
Such as:
- Yandex.Browser
- Yandex.Disk
- Yandex.Navigator
- Yandex. Direct
- Yandex.Afis
- Yandex.Seferler
- Yandex.Market
Expansion of multi-serve foods
Ocak 2010 tarihine kadar Ocak 2011
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Volkan Onguc
In order to fulfill market opportunities in snacks categories, we have introduced many types of multipacks
among our brands in Turkey; Lay's, Doritos, Ruffles, Cheetos and erezza.
Shaping accordingly consumer needs, the category grew more than 3x in revenue during our project.
BirHayli Interactive Video Clip Project
Mart 2013 tarihine kadar #u Anda
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Cagdas ONEN, , Deniz Co#kun, Burak Demiral
First Interactive Video Clip Project in Turkey with the Turkish singer Murat Dalkilic.

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Yandex.com.tr Launch in Turkey


Eyll 2011 tarihine kadar #u Anda
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Cagdas ONEN, Peter Harun Bulut A#ca, alish, leon, Alexandr Laryanovsky, Serhad
Akkoc
Launch of the Yandex.com.tr in Turkey
Sofee
Ocak 2015 tarihine kadar #u Anda
Members:Kaan Ak#n, Gamze Lleci, Emrullah Lleci, Ahmed ElSawaf, Mohammed Morsi

Kurslar
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechatronics
Engineering
Sabanci University
Marketing
Marketing Reseach
Special Topics in Management

MRKT 301
MRKT 401
MGMT 499

Diller
English

Yetenek & Uzmanl#klar


Social Media Marketing
Product Management
Marketing Strategy
Community Management
Digital Strategy
Management
Marketing
Business Strategy
Social Media
Market Analysis
Pricing Strategy
Project Planning
Portfolio Management
Customer Insight
Product Marketing
Product Development
Negotiation
Community Development
Gamification
SEM
Business Modeling
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Quantitative Analysis
Market Opportunity Analysis
Category Insights
Start-ups
Start-up Environment
Start-up Ventures
Digital Marketing
Marketing Communications
Marketing Research
Segmentation
Project Management
Analysis
E-commerce
Competitive Analysis
Mobile Marketing
Web Analytics
Analytics
Marketing Management

E#itim
Sabanci University
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechatronics Engineering, 2005 - 2010
Not: 3.5 - 4.0
Sabanci University
Honor Minor, Mathematics, 2005 - 2010
Not: 3.5 - 4.0
Faaliyetler ve Topluluklar: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Wintersports
Bursa Erkek Lisesi
Bachelor's degree, Mathematics and Science, 2001 - 2005
Not: 5.0 - 5.0

#lgi Alanlar#
User Interface, Digitalization, Monetization, Product Development, Management, Research, Quantitative
Analysis, Game Theory, International Business, Product management, Digital Marketing,

Organizasyonlar
Startup Commons

Yay#nlar
Me on www.medium.com
https://medium.com/@sadeceka January 1, 2015
Authors: Kaan Ak#n

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Kaan Ak#n
Founder, CEO at Hackquarters

5 ki#i, Kaan Ak#n adl# kullan#c#y# nerdi


"I've had the pleasure of working under supervision of Mr. Kaan Akin at Arkony in developing our
company's products, He is very dynamic guy with very strong experience in the information technology
field, and management as well. His wide range of technical skills empower him to manage and develop the
products which he is head of; rather than his strong interpersonal skills that make him a very beloved person
among the teams he works across. "
M. Ayman Ghoneam, Kaan Ak#n adl# kullan#c#n#n ynetiminde al##t#
"Since his joining our team at Yandex, Kaan has been one of the best examples of a team-player, a
responsible manager and a real contributor to every project he got involved in. He is has an overarching
knowledge of the digital world. A friendly, succesful guy with an outgoing personality."
Peter Harun Bulut A#ca, Kaan Ak#n ile do#rudan al##t#
"We have been working with Kaan since the early days of Yandex.Turkey. He has been a great contributor
for all product launches not only marketing communications but also as a project manager. Due to startup
nature of Yandex, he took many responsibilities varying from marketing strategy, project planning, product
testing to process improvement. He has a great skill-sets for digital marketing, targeting, campaign evaluation
and technology product management. Our experience has been great and I believe he will continue to be
successful technology manager in different areas during his career."
Alexandr Laryanovsky, Kaan Ak#n adl# kullan#c#n#n dolayl# yneticisiydi
"Kaan is not only a passionate and experienced Social Media Marketing Manager but also an inspiring
colleague. Kaan is a smart, excellent and dedicated person with a very strong problem solving skills. Deadline
oriented and organized expert. Makes the impossible possible. Shows all the time a lot of analytical capability
and willingness for his both personal & professional development."
Nurkan Kirkan, Kaan Ak#n ile al###rken ba#ka bir #irkette grev yap#yordu
"Kaan is a detail oriented manager of his projects. During two years we spent in PepsiCo, we have conducted
several projects which had effects directly to company revenue and profit. His mature self responsibility
leads him to own all projects with confidence and he always overachieves his key performance requirements.
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His social nature leads him to co-work with different business partners with in/out the company, which
contributes projects in the angles that weren't planned before. His business mindset let's his professional skills
to solve any problem in any type of business or market. It was a great pleasure to work with him and I'll hope
to work with him in the future."
Volkan Onguc, Kaan Ak#n adl# kullan#c#n#n yneticisiydi
Kaan Ak#n ile LinkedIn'de ileti#im kurun

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