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Startup Istanbul 2016 / Bora Kızıl - Co-Founder Ezako

Presentation of Bora Kızıl at Startup Istanbul 2016,
6-10 October, Istanbul, Turkey

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Startup Istanbul 2016 / Bora Kızıl - Co-Founder Ezako

  1. 1. Why Startups should stop focusing only on growth?
  2. 2. You have 1% of chance to make 10 B$ and 100% of chance to make 10 M$. Which one you choose ?
  3. 3. Me Serial – Entrepreneur Rocket Internet Angel Labs Ezako.com Swimmer Chess player
  4. 4. 50% of new companies will fail in the first 5 years! (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  5. 5. 75% venture-backed firms fail in the first 5 years! (Harvard University study done by Shikhar Ghosh)
  6. 6. 95% venture-backed firms fail to ever return initial investments! (Shikhar Ghosh)
  7. 7. It’s all about making your investors happy.
  8. 8. Ultra fast growth can be dangerous
  9. 9. Growth = traction = market validation
  10. 10. Quirky Launched in 2009 Invention platform Raised $185M The startup ran out of money and filed for bankruptcy
  11. 11. Steve Jobs Apple board ousted Steve Jobs in 1985 from the company he had created
  12. 12. VC funding is one path.
  13. 13. 300 US startups get access to VC money per year. 736 startup acquisitions in 2015 in the US.
  14. 14. Loosing love money hurts more than VC money.
  15. 15. Get smart, be inventive, automate!
  16. 16. EZAKO 2 years old Clients in 5 countries 10 people company Paid dividends last year
  17. 17. PlentyofFish - Markus Frind 90 million registered users 3.6 million active daily users 100% ownership Sold for to Match for $575 million in cash
  18. 18. MailChimp – Ben Chestnut No VC 12 million customers $400M revenue in 2016 550 employees
  19. 19. Github Bootstrapped from 2007 to 2012 In May 2011, more commits than SourceForge and Google Code Finally, raised $100M in 2012 from Andreessen Horowitz
  20. 20. At the end, there is no magic Do people want what you’re selling? Will they pay enough?

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