From a young age, I have always been very interested in both business and technology.
When I was 15, I worked in my father's currency exchange bureau in a small town, called Giresun in Turkey during the summer holidays and I used to take his place when he was out on errands.
I just knew that I was going to have my own business from those days. Although I couldn't find a female tech entrepreneur as a role model for myself, I always wanted to become one and empower girls like me on this journey.
I asked myself the question, how could I get there? What would my role model do, with limited resources, if she was in my shoes?
The first thing was to learn English, to be able to reach out to international resources, so that's what I did.
My journey to Ireland started in 2005 when I came to Athlone IT software engineering department as an exchange student from Istanbul. A few years later, in 2008, I finally landed my first dream job, in Ericsson Athlone, just a few days after my final exams and I worked in multinational telecom companies for 10 years as a software engineer.
Working in the corporate world was a great experience, however, I was very interested in product management so that I could drive a software product from A to Z.
To experience this, I decided to start a side project, while still working full time in my software job.