Interview with Onur Karci

Onur was born in 1983 in Turkey and graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Management Faculty. After awhile, he decided to attend a MBA program and graduated from Istanbul Bilgi Unversity with the thesis: Social Games on Facebook”. After working in a global and leading baby nutrition company for a while, he became a Brand Manager at Turkey’s one of the leading digital marketing agencies. He met there with two guys who will 3 years later be his partners in Gamester.


When did you decide that you wanted to become an entrepreneur?

I was always in a dream of being an entrepreneur but I was waiting for the right time. But first concrete step came in an overtime night with my two other partners in our previous job.


How did you know your business idea was the right idea?

Before deciding to set up Gamester, we deeply analyzed social game sector and thus, the answer is yes. I was sure that we were doing the right thing.


What was the most difficult part in getting started?

I think the most difficult part was persuading my family for spiritually and materially support. It was difficult at first but now, I know that they are as much excited as me.


What is the top skill (or skills) needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

I think anyone who never loses his courage, vision and ambition would be a successful entrepreneur.


What motivates you and/or keeps you motivated?

My family, friends, excitement of the Gamester team and of course wonderful feed-backs for our games.


What do you think is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?

I want to answer this question with one of my best instructors’ words: A manager who works for someone else is responsible to the entrepreneur and other employees. He thinks about the profitability of the company and delivering salaries on time. On the other hand, an entrepreneur may shut down a start-up if it fails and look for other opportunities.


What has been one of your failures, and what have you learned from it?

I’ve made lots of failures and fortunately, I learned many things. But the most important learning for me was, never afraid of failing.


Vince Lombardi once said “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” What are your thoughts on that quote?

I agree. You should keep your goals high and never say impossible. If you believe, everything is possible.


Michael Dell once said “There are a lot of things that go into creating success. I don't like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don't spend a lot of time doing my favorite activities.” What are your thoughts on that quote?

My start-up covers a major part of my life. If you really want to be successful, you should give up some “ex-habits”. But on the other hand, you need to relax yourself with your hobbies. You need your brain and your body for a sustainable success. Keep the balance!


Henry Ford once said “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” What are your thoughts on that quote?

Exactly. I think that failures are great opportunities for the “better”. Dell says, “Recognize that there will be failures, and acknowledge that there will be obstacles. But you will learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, for there is very little learning in success.”


What was the most crucial thing you have done to grow your business?

Gamester is a very young start-up. It is not even one year old. We are doing so much to grow Gamester but I think the most crucial one will be raising an investment soon.


What advice would you give an entrepreneur who is just starting out?

Never and ever afraid of failing, never stop dreaming and never forget that, a good beginning is half the battle.



Company Description:

Gamester, based in Istanbul, is a start-up company addicted to new age digital entertainment models. We develop and market social games focusing on social interaction, playability and fun. Our mission is to create entertaining interactive spaces for people where they can express themselves easily, connect with friends and other people. We are designing games for best player experience and interaction.

Website: http://www.gamester.com.tr

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