Published on September 28th, 2017 |
Saygin named 1 of Top 100 smartest and most influential people
Yalcin was once on track to become a plastic surgeon, before suddenly turning his back on a voluntary internship after a nurse told him he would be a terrible doctor, but a great businessman. Yalcin took the feedback literally, going back to school in Germany, Mexico and the US until he received his MBA. He sold his first company – an online retailer that specialised in handbags and jewellery – to one of Russia’s largest online fashion brands and moved to Dubai, still aged only 24.
His next venture was sukar.com, an online fashion retailer that was purchased by Souq.com in 2012, making him an early partner before it was acquired by Amazon. Today, he most well-known for founding sellanycar.com and he shares his tips of the trade to almost a million fans on Instagram and YouTube.
Thirty-two-year-old Saygin yalcin founded the Middle East’s first online car buying service, SellAnyCar.com, in 2013. Already, almost one in five cars in the country has used the service.
The quick success has seen the German entrepreneur of Turkish descent awarded many accolades and inclusion in rankings of the top entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
Early in his career, Yalcin worked for industry leaders such as BMW, L’Oreal and Capgemini. Eventually, Yalcin began working for Jabbar Internet and Souq.com Group, the largest online retailer in the Arab world.
He also has a popular YouTube channel with more than 200,000 subscribers, with videos offering advice about how to turn one’s ideas and dreams into a reality.
Source: Arabian Business, Top 100 Most Influential People, Top 100 Smartest People
Tags: Arabian Business, Dubai, Middle East, most influential, Saygin Yalcin, smartest, Top 100, UAE
About the Author
SayginYalcin Saygin is the Founder & CEO of the Middle East's (ME) first & largest car buying service, SellAnyCar.com and Founder of the first & largest online private shopping club in the ME, Sukar.com, which has been acquired by Souq.com, making him Partner at the Souq.com and Jabbar Internet Group, becoming the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world, with 3000+ employees. In its largest acquisition outside the US to date, Amazon.com has acquired Souq.com Group. He has been selected as a UBS Industry Leader, a network of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals.
He was also Advisory Board Member & Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Canadian University of Dubai.
He was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business named him as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years".
Fortune magazine (mag) named him in the 40 under 40 list, as one of the most influential young people in business, Entrepreneur mag ME awarded SellAnyCar.com, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the ME", while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier". In a cover story, Entrepreneur mag ME titled him as "undoubtedly one of the youngest & most successful internet entrepreneurs in the ME”, awarded SellAnyCar.com as "Technology Innovator of the Year”, while Khaleej Times awarded him as the Technology Leader. Gulf Business selected him as 1 of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in ME.
In a cover story, Arabian Business counts him as 1 of the most successful entrepreneurs to call Dubai home. During the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Minister of Interior of the UAE, presented Saygin as an inspiring story for the country, in the presence of world leaders, incl. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.