Arkadyas: “Think-Tank Vision Doesn’t Exist in Turkey…”

ould you please tell us how Arkadyas operates?

Gizem Yücel

Gizem Yücel: Arkadyas, is a Think-Tank company which develops unique MICE Industry-focused software. I believe that our industry falls behind in development of technology in the global scale because Think-Tank vision doesn’t exist in Turkey. As Arkadyas, we compete with the world and that’s why R&D is the most important thing for us.

Could you please tell us about the team of Arkadyas? 

Gizem Yücel&Ali Yücel: We have R&D, software and operation departments. Ali Yücel manages the R&D department and he uses whomever he wants there! In our software department, we have people who work from abroad and from Turkey. Volkan has been working for us for the last 17 years and he lives abroad because his wife is Portugese. Fred lives in Sweden and is a friend of Gizem from college, Mysteria is his work… We have been working for the last 5 years and he can come to Istanbul when the weather is cold enough because he believes when it’s more than 20 degrees, the city becomes hellish… Ediz is Turkish-Bulgarian, he lives in Bulgaria with his family, but comes and goes to Turkey. Serhat is a physicist and an academician. He tells us all current theories on physics and I think if everyone tell those theories like him, more people will be interested in the subject. Taygun is our Front-End Developer and has been working with us for the last 6 years, he said “enough is enough” to corporate and came to us. He is our arts and culture source, always suggests books and movies. Büşra is our junior software developer, she works with Serhat and you can follow all current toy series of fast-food chains from her. She is also a very good driver. Olcay is our newest member. Davut manages our operations, he has been working with us for the last 15 years and he is very coldblooded, I think it’s a gift from god. Duygu has been working with us for the last 10 years in the operation team, she is very organized and has her own system at all times. Çağan is also in the operation, he always has is giant headphones on and works on holiday plans. Emre is our giant little man who works in operations and he is a wonderful person who can do amazing things. Also, we would like to mention Burak, he moved to Antalya and we miss him. Mertcan is also one of our software developers. Jiga is a childhood friend of a friend of Gizem’s from college and he manages our operations in the Balkans.

Ali Yücel

Do you enjoy working together, as a father and daughter? 

Ali Yücel: Working like that is fun and scary. Other than being a family, sometimes it becomes a lot of fun to create a different profile at work. When “dad” and “Mr. Ali” combines in some meetings and at the office, people get surprised. Sometimes we have disagreements and lovely arguments. Years ago, I heard this sentence from a young boy “We grow up with our families” and I believe this is a beautiful sentence. Yes, children grow up with their families but families also grow up with their children by learning. There is a lot of joy within this but small fights are inevitable!

Gizem Yücel: Of course, I am always right! Just kidding, it is amazing to work together. I enjoy this a lot. I am here with my boss, can’t say more…

Describe Arkadyas in 3 words…

AY: Constantly producing, focused on innovation, truly believes in R&D…
GY: Creative, full of surprises, intimate…

Describe each other in 3 words… 

GY: What did you do for Mr. Ali today?
AY: Smart, cute, witch-like…