first website at age 11
first company at age 18
startup investor since age 28

Thanks for visiting my website! I am Derya and I live between the Swiss mountains and lakes in Lucerne. I am excited about Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) and the NBA.

At age 11, I created my first website (yes, it included some funny GIFs). At age 18, I founded my first company, which offered marketing services for startups & SME in Switzerland. In 2012, I co-founded the international communication agency used by Fortune 500 clients like Nike, Intel, Swatch and Siemens.

I feel honoured to work with smart, creative and innovative individuals who are shaping today the world of tomorrow. My startup portfolio includes Headspace (70M users in 190 countries), Notion (>4M users), Remote (global workforce payroll), Dapper Labs (creator of CryptoKitties, NBA TopShot and Flow Blockchain), Chipper Cash (>3M users, #1 African cross-border FinTech), Mercury (Banking for startups) and Belvo (Financial API for LATAM).

I hold a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Zurich and I was formerly a lecturer for Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship.



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