Executive Committee

Cigdem Toraman
3S Landing Pad Managing Director
Aydin Birik
3S Landing Pad Co-Director
Chris Yeh
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Jeff Abbott
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Scott Johnson
Managing Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures
Katherine Glassey
General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Our Team

Eraycan Safa
3S Landing Pad Operations Manager
Haluk Nisli
3S Landing Pad Investment & Legal Affairs Manager
Birce Guler
3S Landing Pad Marketing & Event Manager
Ceri Cukran
3S Landing Pad Lead Scout
Ezgi Demir
3S Landing Pad Content Creator
Pelin Oral
Starcamp Program Coordinator
Erol Kiroglu
Starcamp Program Manager

3S Landing Pad Managing Director

Cigdem Toraman

Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco – 3S Landing Pad and StartersHub Managing Director Çiğdem Toraman has significant experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, technology, digital media, finance, and retail in Turkey.

She has consistently played leading roles in her career of 28 years, which include building the electronic trading system for Borsa Istanbul (BIST) in early 1990s, managing all of the research and development activities of Karma International in the second half of 1990s, a 10 year period in Doğan Holding, (one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates) with positions including Group Director responsible for Media Sales, Marketing and Technology in Doğan Gazetecilik and later the General Manager of Doğan Online’s private shopping site.

After managing the country-wide operations of the global personalization technology company Phorm in 2012-2013, she started her own business in digital media and e-commerce.

Currently, Çiğdem Toraman also has responsibilities as a business advisor to and executive board member of several startups (Monument, Segmentify, Visionteractive, SmartModeration, Sixa, Eventbaxx, RadMule Labs, The Meditation App, Thread In Motion, Poltio, Genz). She teaches classes on marketing, e-commerce, digital and social media, business development, sales and entrepreneurship at several universities and corporate companies.

3S Landing Pad Co-Director

Aydin Birik

Aydin Birik is the Managing Director of Starcamp International Incubation and Acceleration program in Palo Alto. Founded by five prestigious technology universities of Turkey, Starcamp helps international early stage-to growth stage tech companies expand their business into global scale by providing access to funding and mentorship.

Aydin has 15+ years of project and product management experience at global high-tech companies. He is an entrepreneur, startup mentor, trainer, judge, and investor. He has a track record of developing several successful B2c, B2B digital products that are launched by leading NYSE – traded global communication technology company having more than 68.9 million customers in 9 countries.

He has secured substantial revenue increases from new product development and channel partnerships. Curated disruptive business models by engaging with 7,000+ people, evaluating 500+ new product ideas on average yearly.

He has strong background at agile, scrum, user trials, pricing, startups, prototyping, project management, strategic alliances, ecosystem development, lean business model validation, product design, product innovation and new venture structuring.

Besides his professional career, he took the role as Chapter President of Junior Chamber International. Directed the nationwide fundraiser to raise money for the UN Project, a goal also supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also selected and led US State funded Emerging Leader Civil Society/Social Enterprise Exchange Program.

Being a prominent invited speaker, startup judge & mentor and writer, He has taken many initiatives as Global Entrepreneurship Week Committee member, TEDx organizer, Toastmasters Board, Futurists Association and much more.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Along with Reid Hoffman, Chris is the co-author of Blitzscaling, originally taught at Stanford University. He an entrepreneur who has founded, invested in or advised more than 200 technology-based startups.

Chris was the first CEO of Ustream, sold to IBM in 2016, the VP of Marketing at PB Works, Product Manager at DE Shaw and Co LP, CMO at TargetFirst Corporation, Director of Marketing at Symphoniq. He is partner at Allied Talent, an organizational consulting firm focused on advising fast-growing companies. He is also board member at Silicon Valley Forum, Silicon Guild and Women’s Startup Lab, and a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures. Along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, he is the author of NYT bestseller “The Alliance” and with Reid Hoffman of “Blitzscaling,” to be published in October 2018.

He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is co-founder and Managing Partner of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Jeff is an experienced international marketer, general manager and strategy and innovation executive who was Founding Director of E-Commerce at GE Appliances, where he built and scaled Latin America’s largest online appliance store, Tienda Mabe, to over $20M in sales in its first year.

He founded AIM, a Hubspot partner agency,was Marketing leader for navigation startup Metropia, VP Business Development for fast-scaling healthcare company Passport Health, CEO of Louisville Stoneware and Director of Corporate Strategy at Brown-Forman Corp.

As Director of the Venture Accelerator at Arizona State University, ranked #1 in the US for innovation, he developed the startup curriculum and managed an accelerator with 125+ startups and 600+ mentors. He is also General Partner of Wasabi Ventures Global, Chief Mentor at European Innovation Academy, and co-author of two books.

Jeff holds a BA from University of Illinois and MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has lived and worked in Europe and Latin America.

Managing Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and Managing Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures, our investment fund.

Scott is a lifelong Venture Capitalist specializing in information technology with specialties Digital Health, Digital Marketing, and Enterprise SaaS.

He is Managing Director of New Atlantic Ventures, Managing Director of DFJ New England, and investor / advisor to BrandYourself, YieldBot, Truveris, Everyscape Corporation,circulate.com, Pontiflex, Fashion Playtes, Maptuit Corporation, Image Space Media, ContextWeb, EnerNoc, and numerous others.

Scott earned a BS from Cornell University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

General Partner, Blitzscaling Ventures

Katherine Glassey

Katherine is a co-founder of Global Scaling Academy and General Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures.

Katherine is a highly accomplished CEO, marketer, entrepreneur and general manager with a strong track record of success in growing revenue and creating liquidity events on behalf of innovative technology companies serving both consumer and business markets.

She was Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Brio Technology and lead that company through a successful IPO, Founder and CEO Aurora SFC Systems, CEO of gForce Software, CEO / Founder – LightScan Technologies: Medical Device Technology Transfer, Vice President Marketing (Software)- Hewlett Packard, COO – Cruzin (Sharing Economy Startup) and has been a Mentor and Advisor for Wasabi Ventures Global, Women’s Start-up Lab, and Detection Group.

Katherine holds a BS from Cornell University.

3S Landing Pad Operations Manager

Eraycan Safa

8 years of successful gaming industry experience and knowledge of game design and publishing. He has worked with several game studios which are developing PC and mobile games based in Turkey.

Currently, Eraycan is working at StartersHub as an Operations Manager. He is responsible for the finance and office management. He is also working at Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco program which is supporting the most promising post-revenue technology startups from all over the world.

3S Landing Pad Investment & Legal Affairs Manager

Haluk Nisli

Haluk is responsible for the investment process of StartersHub fund. He is providing end-to-end operational support to both StartersHub fund and its portfolio companies in terms of preparing and negotiating a shareholder agreement and finalizing the deal. 

He has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Koc University. He has also obtained a master’s degree in International Management from Koc University.

3S Landing Pad Marketing & Event Manager

Birce Guler

Throughout her career, Birce gained a diverse experience in management and marketing related roles, particularly in events and communication industry. Currently, Birce is part of Turkey’s leading early-stage technology seed fund company StartersHub, based in Istanbul. Previously she was part of Etohum that connects successful startups with corporates, angel investors and professionals.

She is responsible for marketing and event management of StartersHub programs including Startupbootcamp Scale San Francisco and StartersHub XO.

3S Landing Pad Lead Scout

Ceri Cukran

While majoring business administration at Bilgi University Ceri had the chance to experience different sectors like entertainment, finance and business development in different companies. For the last 3 years, Ceri is working with startups on business development and operations in a company called StartersHub which is a a leading early-stage technology seed fund based in Istanbul. Now he is leading the Startup recruitment process both in StartersHub and SBC Scale San Francisco.

3S Landing Pad Content Creator

Ezgi Demir

Her educational background includes a B.A. in Economics from Istanbul University and MSc in Managing Innovation and Projects from the University of Sussex in the UK. She proceeded to work in a startup ecosystem. Currently, Ezgi is part of StartersHub that is a leading early-stage technology seed fund based in Istanbul. She is responsible for content creation and program operations.

Starcamp Program Coordinator

Pelin Oral

Pelin Oral has been involved in Starcamp team at the beginning of 2017. She is responsible for the coordination of Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Programs. She graduated from Bilkent University – Economics Department. Then, She specialized in Auditing and Taxation in PwC. Then she took part in various projects in Bilkent Cyberpark and Yıldız Teknopark on Entrepreneurship and Incubation processes. Currently, she is providing consultancy services to TÜBİTAK 1512 STAR BİGG program. Pelin is a social entrepreneur and carries out social responsibility projects. She is a former licensed swimmer.

Starcamp Program Manager

Erol Kiroglu

Erol founded his first startup while he was 19 studying Business Management at Yildiz Technical University,
Istanbul, Turkey. After his graduation, he co-founded a mobile game company. The company successfully
launced 2 mobile games and partnered with Square Enix. Then, he joined to Hizlial.com as a data analyst and
worked on sales prediction and stock optimization. He is currently a Program Manager consultant for Starcamp.
He likes numbers, charts, and finding answers to questions.