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Turkish social review site; Mekanist.net

Ali Servet Eyüpoğlu - Burak Büyükdemir

Etohum meetup – Ali Servet Eyupoglu (mekanist.net) and Burak Buyukdemir (etohum.com)

This week our guest was Mekanist.net, social review site especially focusing on restaurants in the begining. Ali Servet Eyüpoğlu is the co-founder of this startup. Although traffic jam problem in Istanbul because of Iran’s president Ahmadinejad precaution there were more than 30 people in the meeting. Mekanist.net business model is very similar to yelp.com but Ali Servet told CRM based income model for the firm. He expects to bind restaurants with online CRM tools and will ask montly payments to use these online administrative pages. Restaurants will be able to communicate with their prospective customers using these tools. They will be also able to use online marketing tools. He additionally told that they will not be focusing on events. Their priority is social reviews. In next weeks they will rearrange their entering pages for social purposes. Participants were more aggresive this time, they have strongly questioned him. Considiring his age and experience level, he successfully managed to answer most of the questions.

This week we launched etohum web tv with televidyon.com (revision 3 business model) All guest startups will be online after meetups. There will be interviews with meetup participants about Turkish internet sector and their business. Etohum.tv is in Turkish but hopefully we may add subtitle when we find more sponsor to etohum.

─ August 17, 2008