Who is Orhan Dogan?
Hello World! I’m the tech wizard behind the curtain, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with over a decade of weaving digital spells. I’ve conjured up software marvels in every realm you can think of - Fintech, e-Commerce, the bustling crossroads of Hotel, Flight & Tourism tech, the intricate labyrinths of HR, Real Estate, and the ever-evolving Media sector. My tech alchemy played a pivotal role in the staggering 217.5M$ GittiGidiyor deal with eBay, pumped 23M$ into Homzmart’s veins, and magically materialized a cool 1M Euro for my own startup venture.
I’ve led brigades of tech warriors, from squads of 7 to armies over 200 strong, across the global digital battlefield. My mission? To turn ambitious projects into reality, leaving a trail of success stories and awe-struck clients in my wake.
My arsenal? Oh, it’s vast and mighty - PHP, Python, Java, C#, GoLang, Flutter, you name it. From the depths of MySQL and NoSQL to the heights of AWS and the intricacies of ChatGPT and AI, I’ve mastered them all. Agile? Scrum? Child’s play. I’m the tech maestro who turns chaos into code, ideas into innovations, and coffee into code.
I specialize in Laravel and Lumen, coupled with React (Redux) and Vue.js for front-end. Earlier, I also gained experience in ZendFramework, Django, Angular, and React Native for mobile.
Cloud & Datacenters
I’m skilled in cloud (AWS, Ali Cloud, Google Cloud) and non-cloud environments, managing Hetzner servers since 2006, and experienced in applications, VPNs, and Dockerization.
DevOps - MLOps
Experienced in CI/CD pipelines using Bitbucket and GitLab, including cloud-native solutions. Skilled in Machine Learning operations with Kubeflow and familiar with Git Actions.
Skilled in SQL databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL, along with in-memory databases such as Redis and Memcached, and others including MongoDB and Neo4j.
Experienced with various message brokers, queue systems, and search platforms, including RabbitMQ, SQS, Kafka, Lucene, Sphinxsearch, Elastic, load balancers, and Lambda.
E-Commerse & CMS
Active in e-commerce development since 2006, I began with native languages and added Magento, Shopify, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and led a proprietary CMS’s development.
Machine Learning - AI
Proficient in full-stack Machine Learning and AI, encompassing data engineering and model development using Tensorflow and Python, with a focus on creating robust and efficient solutions
Specialized in Nginx and Centos for server management, I now focus on Docker containerization and AWS Serverless Functions, while personally managing servers on Hetzner and DigitalOcean.
Proficient in CSS/SASS, HTML, and familiar with frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation, complemented by experience with popular stacks like React and Vue.js.
Experienced in AWS-based data pipelines and custom solutions, also skilled with Google Cloud’s BigQuery, Dataproc, Pub/Sub, Data Studio for Data Warehouses, BI dashboards, and ETL Pipelines.
Focused on developing REST and GraphQL APIs, often within a Microservices architecture and utilizing API Gateways, while also knowledgeable in traditional methods write here
Analyzing Trends. Utilizing tools like Google Analytics and SEMrush to understand market needs and identify opportunities for innovation and differentiation.
Creative Brainstorming. Employing Mindmapping tools like MindMeister and collaborative platforms like Miro for generating and refining product ideas.
Designing Blueprints. Using Figma and Balsamiq for initial design mockups, focusing on user experience and feasibility.
Prototype & MVP
Building Test Models. Creating Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) with tools like Sketch and InVision to test core functionalities and gather early feedback.
User Testing & Feedback
Gathering Insights. Conducting focus groups and using platforms like UsabilityHub to collect user feedback, refining the product based on real-world usage.
Launching Successfully. Developing comprehensive market entry strategies, leveraging Atlassian tools for project management and coordination across teams.
Strategically analyzing the market using Ahrefs and SEMrush, focusing on creating a unique brand identity and securing a competitive market position.
Enhancing customer relationships through CRM platforms like Salesforce and HubSpot, gathering insights to inform product improvements and boost user satisfaction.
Product Lifecycle Management
Managing the product’s entire lifecycle with PLM tools like Arena or Upchain, ensuring it consistently aligns with evolving market needs and customer expectations.
C-Level ::: Chief Technology Officer
Recruiting and Hiring
Expert in tech team recruitment, adept at finding and evaluating talent cost-effectively. Developed a unique skill verification method to ensure the right hires and avoid costly recruitment errors.
Skilled in guiding businesses through modern challenges, focusing on youth engagement, ethical tech use, and adaptability. My strategies enhance business models, ensuring technology integration and future readiness.
Specialized in selecting the right technology for businesses, I meticulously evaluate tech options, consult experts, and consider long-term viability to prevent future obsolescence and support issues.
Expert in managing large-scale projects with substantial budgets, employing both traditional and modern methodologies. Prioritize clear communication, transparent planning, and contingency strategies to maintain schedule and budget integrity.
Specialize in establishing innovation-focused departments within companies, blending technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity to develop market-ready innovations and align them with long-term business objectives.
Workflow - Process Setup
Skilled in designing tailored workflows and processes for diverse teams and departments. Expertise in selecting optimal systems and infrastructures, enhancing efficiency in engineering, operations, marketing, sales, and IT support.
Infrastructure and Architecture
Expert in building strong software architecture and scalable IT infrastructure. Skilled in vendor and tool selection, change management, and setting up core software components with best standards and practices.
Vendor Evaluation and Procurement
Specialized in IT vendor evaluation and procurement for small and medium-sized businesses, ensuring clarity in offerings, preventing vendor lock-in, and avoiding hidden costs in product usage.
Expert in managing technical roadmaps, prioritizing tasks, and ensuring team alignment. Focused on balancing immediate needs with long-term updates and improvements for cohesive technology development and implementation.
Multifaceted Tech Leader and Serial Entrepreneur
Besides being a CTO, I’ve founded three companies. My first venture was RSN ITC in 2001. There, as a co-founder, I developed the Eskidji Real Estate Management system software. This software, used by over 600 architects and engineers across 182 physical branches in Turkey, played a key role in Eskidji Real Estate’s establishment, expansion, and growth in the country. My experience in developing real estate software with distributed architecture and web/desktop applications comes from this chain management application I created for Eskidji Real Estate.
In my own company, I not only developed web and desktop software but also managed the company as a 50% shareholder, including building and leading the technology team. Later, I ventured into e-commerce with Foyow.com in 2014. In 2019, I started a marketplace application initially named Bamanshop, later renamed Bazlia.com, and secured a 1M Euro investment for it. As the CEO and founder, I managed all operations and personally participated in interviews for all employees, growing Bazlia.com to a team of 55.
During my tenure as CTO at Asanpardakht, I also coordinated CTO-level integration for payment infrastructures across Sanap Group companies (Snapp, SnapFood, SnappTrip, SnappMarket), Asanparkht, and its affiliated tourism and other companies. Simultaneously, I worked as the founder and CEO of the Bazlia.com marketplace. Managing tasks for five different companies in a planned schedule was a typical week for me.
I’m accustomed to high-pressure work environments. I’ve worked in both corporate and startup settings in international contexts, successfully building companies from scratch, securing investments, and scaling them to substantial team sizes.
The CTO adept at sourcing and hiring fellow CTOs.
In my career, I’ve had the unique opportunity to not just work as a CTO but also to hire CTOs for different companies, including Bazlia.com. This experience has given me a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful CTO, from technical skills to leadership qualities.
I’ve also been involved in interviewing CTO candidates for Snapp Group companies. This role expanded my perspective, allowing me to see what different companies look for in their tech leaders.
There was a time when I decided to leave Homzmart, and I played a key role in interviewing candidates who could take over my responsibilities. This process was crucial to ensure that the company continued to thrive technologically after my departure.
Now, I’m offering my expertise to others. If your company needs a full-time CTO, I can help interview and select the best candidate. With my extensive experience in both hiring and being a CTO, I bring valuable insights into what makes a great tech leader in today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving business world.
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