As I projected previously, which was not difficult to predict, hardship awaits the Turkish markets. In that case, could e-commerce sites that are rightly classified as mostly luxurious and unnecessary consumption articles, still make good business? I hope one day our investors understand that core technology businesses are the real money makers. To those who are curious why there is still not a Google in Turkey, let me explain. You are making successful people who do understand technology run away from Turkey. Academicians are mostly writing articles for the sake of publication, which would be unlikely to yield an application or even impossible, due to minimal innovation. That is why they do not have patents, because their work does not have any patentable value. They must be feeling that even if they did, nobody would care. In other words, the Turkish academia is running a long con, but they have no other choice.

In entrepreneurship, the classical narrow Turkish mindset is effective; when one utters technology, he understands nothing but concrete, cell phone and cars. For there is no vision. Vision consists of the following: if we make a copy of a foreign website X, maybe it would work. Maybe it would work, true, but you will never compete in the global market with that kind of work. And then, when the Turkish markets tank, you tank along with them, because being a local internet salesman is not much different from being a salesman.

Turkish version:

Daha ├Ânceki post’umda belirtti─čim gibi, ki tahmin etmek ├žok zor de─čildi, T├╝rk piyasalar─▒n─▒ ├žok zor g├╝nler bekliyor. Bu durumda ├žo─ču l├╝ks ve gereksiz t├╝ketim s─▒n─▒f─▒na giren e-ticaret v.b. sitelerin i┼č yapmas─▒n─▒ bekleyenler var m─▒? Umuyorum ki bir g├╝n yat─▒r─▒mc─▒lar─▒m─▒z ger├žekten para getiren i┼člerin temel teknoloji oldu─čunu anlayacaklar. Hala neden bir google ├ž─▒km─▒yor diyenlere ben anlatay─▒m. Teknolojiden anlayan ba┼čar─▒l─▒ insanlar─▒ bu ├╝lkeden ka├ž─▒r─▒yorsunuz. Akademisyenlerin ├žo─ču da sadece makale yazmak i├žin makale yaz─▒yor, yani bir uygulamas─▒n─▒n olmas─▒ zor ya da imkans─▒z olan afaki katma de─čeri d├╝┼č├╝k i┼čler pe┼činde ko┼čuyorlar. Bu y├╝zden patent ├ž─▒km─▒yor, ├ž├╝nk├╝ patentlenebilir de─čeri olan bir ├žal─▒┼čma genelde yap─▒lm─▒yor. ├ľyle bir ┼čey yapsa da zaten kimsenin ├Ânemsemeyece─činin fark─▒nda bir yerde. K─▒sacas─▒ giri┼čimcilikte de klasik k─▒t T├╝rk zihniyetini tak─▒nm─▒┼č durumday─▒z, teknoloji deyince, beton, cep telefonu ve arabadan ba┼čka bir┼čey anlamad─▒─č─▒m─▒z i├žin bizim i┼čimiz ├žok zor. Vizyon yok ├ž├╝nk├╝. Vizyon ┼čundan ibaret g├Ârd├╝─č├╝m kadar─▒yla: X yabanc─▒ sitenin kopyas─▒n─▒ yaparsak belki tutar. Belki tutar, do─čru, ama hi├žbir zaman bu i┼člerle global pazarda yar─▒┼čamazs─▒n─▒z. O zaman da T├╝rk piyasas─▒ batt─▒─č─▒ zaman siz de onunla birlikte batars─▒n─▒z, ├ž├╝nk├╝ yerel internet esnaf─▒ olman─▒n di─čer t├╝rl├╝ esnaf olmaktan fark─▒ ├žok yok.

Turkish Markets and Technological Entrepreneurship

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