For enterprise-focused startup CEOs, the idea of introducing their products — no matter how innovative — to large enterprises can be daunting. It requires the enterprise’s empathy, technical understanding of the solution, and trust in often untested technologies.

Many startup CEOs spend too much time trying to figure out the enterprise’s sourcing and sales processes. Unfortunately, these efforts rarely pay off because they’re missing one key ingredient: a champion inside the enterprise, someone who passionately believes in the partnership.

In 2018, Yiğit Ihlamur, co-founder of Vela Partners, reached out to Burak Arik, CEO of Maxitech, to explore the opportunities for…


Stripe Sessions started a couple of years ago as an annual event to get together with its users and to showcase Stripe’s new products and features. Why is it important? Because as the most valuable fintech company in the U.S. with a $95 billion valuation, Stripe is setting the trends in the fintech world and Stripe Sessions is a great way to capture these trends. (Stripe is also the second-most valuable startup in the world.)

Stripe defines itself as a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. It is the mission to grow the GDP of the internet…


Everyday, we are waking up to more news that shows us that investing in Climate Tech is on its way to become mainstream.

Last year in June, Amazon announced its dedicated investment program to Climate Tech with an initial $2 billion in funding that will focus on transportation and logistics, energy generation, storage and utilization, manufacturing and materials, the circular economy, and food and agriculture.

At the beginning of this year, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (USV) wrote that “climate will be to this decade what cloud was to the last one”. …


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LONDON & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jun 22, 2021 — (BUSINESS WIRE) — H2O.ai, a leading AI technology software company, has announced that İşbank, officially Türkiye İş Bankası, the largest private bank in Turkey, has selected H2O’s Driverless AI platform to upgrade its Income Prediction, Cash Forecasting and Check Default Prediction applications, to improve the accuracy of the bank’s business planning with on-going AI projects.

In close partnership with İşbank’s San Francisco-based innovation arm Maxitech, who is leading the initiative, İşbank has agreed to adopt the H2O Driverless AI platform after a successful…


On March 26th, Y Combinator (YC) showcased its largest batch to date. This was the third time YC held its Demo Day via a live stream and the second time the entire program was held virtually. It was a full-day event where a record number of startups, 319, pitched their projects to invited investors. It was a long day both for startups and investors (and for the YC team).

The Demo Day started with the presentation of Geoff Ralston, President of Y Combinator, who gave a snapshot of the YC Community.

Here are some numbers that he mentioned below. From…


Consumer Electronics Show — CES was held on 11–14 January, all-digital for the first time in its history. Last year, more than 170,000 people attended CES. This year, over 80,000 attendees participated in the event over an online conferencing tool. According to CES, keynotes were viewed more than 3M.

CES showcased companies including manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and more. There were many sub-events as well. One of our favorite ones was Wired Magazine’s. Here are key takeaways from our favorite panels of that event:

“The Virtual Workforce: The Shifting Paradigm of What…


As part of its mission to connect enterprises with startups and emerging technologies, Maxitech hosted the Softtech GPT-3 Hackathon from February 12th to 14th. This event, the first to feature GPT-3 from OpenAI in Turkey, introduced the technology to Softtech, Turkey’s leading tech company.

Created by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence research laboratory, Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. OpenAI is a San Francisco-based and founded company by Elon Musk, Sam Altman (the founder of Y-Combinator), and others, who collectively pledged $1 billion. Elon Musk stepped down…


Fintech has become more popular than ever due to Covid-19. As the World Economic Forum highlights, “Financial technology (fintech), playing a critical role in reducing coronavirus risks associated with exchanging cash, helping micro, small and medium enterprises and supporting financial inclusion in developing markets during the pandemic and beyond.”

Better Tomorrow Ventures (BTV), a $75M fintech-focused VC fund based in San Francisco, invests in pre-seed and seed startups. Founders of BTV Sheel Mohnot and Jake Gabson believe that financial technology is a great way to improve people’s lives.

Image Source: Wharton FinTech

Our Venture Partner Duygu Oktem Clark spoke with Sheel Mohnot of BTV…


Katrina Lake founded Stich Fix in 2011 while she was still in Harvard Business School despite all the people saying that her concept for Stich Fix was a bad business idea. Fast forward to 2020, Stich Fix’s market cap is more than $4B. Lake took the company to the public in just six years.

Katrina Lake ringing the NASDAQ bell with her son and her team. Photo: NASDAQ

Stitch Fix is a personal styling platform that delivers curated and personalized apparel and accessory items for women. It may sound like a personalized shopping subscription service which is true but Stich Fix is a data science company at its core. Lake explains Stich Fix in…


All Raise is a non-profit whose goal is to significantly increase the amount of seed through early-stage funding going to female founders from 11% to 23% by 2030 and to double the percentage of female decision-makers (e.g. checkwriters) at U.S. tech venture firms with > $25M AUM (assets under management) by 2028.

All Raise held its very much anticipated invitation-only VC Summit last week on October 27–28 and the theme was Forces of Nature. It was a virtual conference that hosted 700 investors. Duygu Oktem Clark, our Venture Partner and founder of DO Venture Partners, was one of the invitees…

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