Ask “Startup of the Month”

During our Best Practices Day in October, our startups showing strong knowledge of and performance in a specific functional domain (like online marketing or field operations) shared their best practices in that domain with the other startups in our portfolio. It was a successful event, and many of our entrepreneurs requested that we hold similar events that facilitate knowledge sharing among our startups on a more regular basis.

We therefore launched our Ask “Startup of the Month” event series last Friday. Each month, we visit the office of one of our startups and our entrepreneurs get to learn from how that month’s host startup thinks about the different aspects of its business. In contrast to the content of the Best Practices Day, where multiple startups each shared what they do within a specific function, our Ask “Startup of the Month” events let our entrepreneurs learn about what a single startup is doing across all functions.

We held our first session of the event series at the office of our online female Muslim fashion retailer Modanisa. It was a valuable event where Modanisa cofounder Sami Guzel talked about the company’s hiring, online marketing, community management, budgeting, and international expansion activities.

I thank Sami and the Modanisa team for hosting our first Ask “Startup of the Month” event. I’m already looking forward to next month’s event at the office of furniture e-commerce retailer Vivense.