Skywalker is the leading Internet and new media investment company with principle focus on Turkey, and its region.
Skywalker was established with the aim to create a unique Internet investment firm, built and run locally in Turkey, but with strong international connections that allow for opportunistic and high-profile business growth. Skywalker is led by successful entrepreneurs with a staff of 40 professionals in Istanbul and maintains offices in Istanbul, and Izmit Technopark.
Skywalker takes usually a minority equity stake in growing internet and new media start-up, and growth companies in exchange of technology platform, interactive marketing, as well as initial strategic consultancy covering marketing, sales, public relations and finance.
Skywalker is founded by 3 individuals who have significant expertise in the fields of internet, entrpreneruship and investment.
Tolga Artan Chief Executive Officer: Tolga is responsible for execution of the company's strategy. With substantial experience in the media, and internet service sector, he is responsible for directing all areas of the firm’s business, including overall strategic development, product development, marketing, and technical operations. Tolga brings to Skywalker extensive knowledge of Turkey’s high tech industry and connections throughout the blue chip companies. Tolga still holds his CEO position for LuckyEye, Turkey’s successful integrated internet communications agency offering 3 main services: Interactive Marketing; Business Solutions and Video (www.luckyeye.com). Tolga has founded LuckyEye on 1999. Prior to Luckyeye Tolga was the Assistant General Manager at the Media Group which comprised 5 TV Stations, 4 Radio Stations, and 1 Magazine. During his employment, Tolga has personnally assumed the management of the advertisement sales department. Tolga has an Industrial Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1996. He speaks fluent English.
Emre Oral (41) Head of Investment Commitee : Emre has co founded Skywalker with Tolga. Emre owns and operates successful companies in the construction, management and financial consultancy businesses. Emre’s experience with internet investment comes from his experience between 1999-2002 as the managing director of Ladybird Technologies Ltd, a UK internet venture capital company that invested in the early stage internet companies. Some of the portfolio companies included Peoplesound that raised a total of USD 36 million from Ladybird, Sonera, Bernard Arnault (LVMH) and Zouk. IchooseTV / Vidzone (www.vidzone.com) which was created by Emre from scratch (US Patent No: 6,670,971; Inventor: Emre Oral) based on showing free music video clips through the Internet, and broadband to UK customers; Farmec, an online trading platform for the trading of agricultural machinery in Europe as well as Texyard LA textile marketplace which has been sold to Karstad Quelle. Emre’s transactional track record includes, selling one of Turkey’s top 5 Advertising agency to World’s largest Advertisement agency at a transaction value Euro 25 million as well as significant advisory work to real estate development, media and internet companies. Emre has an Master of International Management from Thundersbird (91), a BA in Business Administrattion from Illinois Wesleyan University (90) and speaks fluent Turkish and French
Burak Özcan (36) is Chief Technology Officer: Burak manages the scientific and technical processes across all of the company’s portfolio holdings. Mr. Ozcan oversees all technical staff and R&D development—building products and creating services that embody industry specific technologies. Responsible for ideation and implementation of all technical details of the Company’s IT products, Burak brings over ten years of demonstrated career success. Burak has co-founded LuckyEye with Tolga and assumed the role of Managing Director. Prior to LuckyEye, he has worked as Project Manager for Sibername, an interactive web company between 1998-2000. Prior to Sibername, Burak worked as Project Engineer for ERP Projects, at PSI AG, between 1996 and 1998. Burak has an Industrial Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University.