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Twitter@asenkut
BirthplaceIstanbul, Turkey

Degrees

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA 1996
Marketing
University of Pennsylvania, MA 1996
International Studies, Portuguese
Boston University, BS 1992
Business Administration, Finance

Current Companies

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Advisor and Investor
Special Advisor
Board Member
Investor
Investor & Board Observer
Investor

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Senior Manager, Websearch & Syndication
Board Observer
Sales Manager, Strategic Accounts
Product Manager

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Aydin Senkut

Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. He has been named one of the top 25 tech angels by Businessweek recently and was featured as one of the top 8 up and coming VCs by Forbes’ Midas List.

Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google, responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific (including Japan). Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for world-wide licensing deals.

Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet, and led the business development efforts for the financial services industry at SGI.

Aydin received a BS in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the School of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese and Turkish.

Aydin and his wife are Associate Founders of Singularity University, have backed bio-tech research at UCSF and sponsored a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Aydin is on the boards of Clearslide, Massive Health, Imageshack and the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program.

Aydin has been featured on Businessweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Financial Times Germany, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
NOWBOX 5/2010Angel12
Worldly Developments 3/2010Seed$800k14
Inkling Systems 1/2010Seed$1M3
Chomp 11/2009Seed$565k3
Producteev 7/2009Angel$180k5
Y Combinator 3/2009Venture Round$2M4
Handipoints 5/2008Angel$550k6
Mob.ly 3/2008Seed$1.1M8
VentureBeat 2/2008Seed$320k7
Feedjit 1/2008Angel$450k3
Yamli 1/2008Angel2
Mesmo.tv 10/2007Series A$900k7
Mogad 8/2007Series A$500k4
MUBI 8/2007Series A$750k6
Trivop 6/2007Angel7
Omnidrive 12/2006Angel$800k4
Cake Financial 1/2006Seed8
Loomia 6/2005Seed$1M7

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