Hi, I’m Orhan. 👋

Welcome to a glimpse of my tech journey, starting right from the heart of Istanbul, Turkey, and stretching across the globe. This photo gallery is more than just a collection of images; it’s a visual narrative of my adventures and achievements in the tech world. From the bustling streets of Istanbul, where it all began, to the innovative hubs in various countries, each photo tells a story of growth, innovation, and success. You’ll see moments captured from the vibrant e-commerce scenes of and GittiGidiyor/eBay, to the pioneering projects at, Bamilo, Asanpardakht, Goldenscent and Homzmart. These snapshots aren’t just memories; they represent milestones of a journey that transcends borders, embodying the spirit of a tech enthusiast who turned local expertise into global success.

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My Memories

Orhan Dogan and Team Gathered here is the spirited team of, a testament to what passion, perseverance, and a relentless drive for innovation can achieve. The #1 classified website and app in Turkey didn’t just evolve; it was reborn through our dedication. For 15 months, sleep was a luxury and pressure was a constant, but the boundless learning and growth we experienced were unmatched. This photo isn’t just a memory, it’s a milestone of our collective journey, a reminder that together, we can redefine the digital landscape.

Orhan Dogan Cto Homzmart Proudly standing before the Homzmart emblem, a symbol of innovation and home solutions where I contributed as CTO. My journey here has been more than a role; it’s been about transforming ideas into tangible experiences that enhance homes and lives. Every line of code was a step towards redefining comfort for our customers, a mission I embarked on with a dedicated team turned family. Here’s to the legacy we’re building—one innovation at a time.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Automation At Infrastructure At the heart of innovation, this image takes us back to the Santa Clara Convention Center, where I had the privilege to dive into the transformative world of eBay’s infrastructure. With industry leaders like Hugh E. Williams at the helm, it was a masterclass in scaling, automating, and refining the digital frameworks that power global online marketplaces. These conferences are more than learning experiences; they are catalysts for growth, inspiring us to reimagine what’s possible in the realm of tech.

Orhan Dogan Cto Asanpardakht Meeting With Head Of Central Bank It looks like a significant meeting, a gathering where critical decisions are made. Dressed sharply in a suit, which might not be an everyday thing, this moment captures the weight of responsibility in the fintech world. Handling 2 million real time sessions on a lottery day or 250K real time sessions on a regular day is no small feat; it’s a testament to the serious, high-stakes environment where every decision counts. The photo reflects the gravity of the industry—serious faces for serious work. Yet, there’s a sense of pride, too, knowing that this is what driving innovation in fintech looks like.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor Team Sipirit Just another day at the office, trying to keep the ‘r’s in GittiGidiyorrrrr from rolling away. Teamwork makes the dream work, even when it’s about saving letters from dropping off the wall. 😄

Orhan Dogan Cto Homzmart Giza Pyramids Standing before the majestic Giza Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx, I am reminded of the timeless allure of Egypt’s wonders. These monuments are a testament to human ingenuity and the mysteries of past civilizations. With the sun casting its warm glow, I cherish this moment where history whispers tales of antiquity, and I am but a traveler fortunate enough to listen.

Orhan Dogan Cto Homzmart Team Mates Turkish French Indian Shared moments like these are the treasures of life – standing with my Homzmart colleagues (Turkish, French and Indian guys) against the canvas of ancient wonders. Each smile in this photo is a story, a memory etched in time, as we stand shoulder to shoulder, not just as coworkers, but as comrades on an adventure. Here’s to the bonds forged through shared experiences and to the chapters yet to be written in our journey!

Orhan Dogan With Alp Kayar Mexico City A moment of camaraderie captured as Alp and I unwind at a restaurant, delving into the depths of life and the intricacies of business. It’s these discussions, amidst the hum of the city, that fuel our ambitions and remind us that the journey is as rewarding as the destination. Here’s to the conversations that inspire and the shared meals that bring us closer.

Orhan Dogan With Craftgate And Ex Ebay Team Captured here is a special reunion at the Craftgate office, where Sarp and I revisited ties with old colleagues from our GittiGidiyor—eBay Turkey days. It’s a celebration of past and present, where familiar faces from one successful venture gather to support another. Craftgate stands as a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our friends, now leading a thriving fintech company. This moment symbolizes the enduring bonds and shared pride in each other’s achievements. Here’s to friendship, past collaborations, and future triumphs!

Orhan Dogan Bazlia Team Conference About Startup In the midst of a Bazlia team meeting, I’m captured here delivering a speech that gets to the heart of our mission. The slide behind me poses fundamental questions that remind us of our purpose: “Why have we established this company? Why are we doing this? Why are we here?” These are the guiding questions that drive every strategic discussion and decision we make. This moment encapsulates our commitment to not just chase success, but to build it on the foundation of our shared vision and values.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor 5th Anniversary Plaque Receiving this plaque marks a personal milestone—my fifth anniversary with GittiGidiyor, an eBay company. It’s a tangible piece of recognition for the years of dedication and the part I’ve played in our collective achievements. This honor is a testament to the journey we’ve embarked on together, filled with growth, challenges, and success. It stands as a proud reminder of the progress we’ve made and the future we’re building together. Here’s to the memories made and the many more to come.

Orhan Dogan CTO 1v1y Com Ecommerce Office This is where the magic happens—at the office in Istanbul. A space that’s much more than just an office; it’s a breeding ground for ideas, a place where creativity meets commerce, and every corner tells a story of innovation and hard work. The high ceilings echo with the click-clack of keyboards and the occasional laughter, a testament to the team’s spirit and dedication. Here, amidst the buzz of collaboration, we’re not just building a business, we’re crafting a legacy. It’s not just a place of work; it’s a second home where every team member contributes to the symphony of a seamless shopping experience. This is where we turn dreams into code and code into user-friendly shopping bliss. Cheers to the hive that’s always alive, to the hustle, the bonds, and the shared success! 🚀🖥️💼

Orhan Dogan CTO 1v1y Com Ecommerce Tech Team Here’s the heartbeat of—our tech team in action. In the midst of screens and keyboards, each member is deeply focused, weaving the digital fabric of our platform. It’s a sight that fills me with pride: a room full of brilliant minds, where each person brings a unique puzzle piece to the table, completing the picture of our shared vision. As the CTO, I’m inspired every day by this scene of dedication and passion. This is where the codes are written that build the bridges between customers and their desires. It’s more than just an office; it’s a place where technology and ambition intersect, creating a symphony of innovation that drives us forward.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor Aziz Caught in a moment of lighthearted mischief with Aziz at the GittiGidiyor eBay Turkey office! Here’s to the countless hours of coding, camaraderie, and the occasional headlock that remind us not to take life too seriously. Aziz always had a knack for pushing my buttons and apparently my head too! It’s these spontaneous bursts of fun amidst our hard work that kept our spirits high. Just a typical day in the life of developers where ‘head support’ takes on a whole new meaning! 😄

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor Entrance Gittigidiyor Kapandi Standing at the threshold of eBay Turkey, where the world connects through commerce, I somehow managed to keep a straight face—perhaps a little too straight. Maybe I was pondering the complexities of PHP, or maybe I just saw the cafeteria menu without coffee listed. Whatever it was, this photo is a reminder that even on the most serious of days, there’s always room for a laugh—especially when you look as stern as a guard at a world map museum. Here’s to the coder’s poker face; may it occasionally crack into a smile!

Orhan Dogan 1v1vy Tech Team Meeting Here’s a throwback to the hustle of a tech team meeting at, with me at the helm as CTO. This was moments before we launched a new system, the kind of day where coffee is your best friend and the air buzzes with anticipation. It’s a snapshot of focus, teamwork, and the quiet excitement of techies on the brink of rolling out something great.

Orhan Dogan 1v1y Com Project Workshop Late nights at the office, where the glow of monitors light up our determined faces. This is my team in action at, where every problem has a solution waiting to be discovered. As CTO, it’s these moments, surrounded by the buzz of collaboration and the clack of keyboards, that remind me why I love what I do. We’re not just colleagues; we’re a crew sailing through the sea of tech, navigating by the stars of our shared goals.

Orhan Dogan 1v1y Com Warehouse Visit For Tech Team Strolling through the heart of’s logistics center, here’s the tech team and I getting up close with the daily dance of orders and deliveries. It’s one thing to design systems behind a screen, but another to witness the hustle and flow that our code supports. This visit wasn’t just about observation—it was about connection, understanding the pulse of operations to fine-tune our work. Real hands, real products, real impact.

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Team Working For Black Friday The office is buzzing with energy, the air practically crackling with anticipation for Black Friday. Our tech team, divided into seven squads, is fully engrossed, with scrum boards as our war maps. The festive decorations add a touch of excitement to the serious hustle of preparation. It’s a high-stress time, but there’s also a sense of camaraderie in the air – we’re in this together, pushing for success. It’s the kind of atmosphere where you either rise to the challenge or step aside – and we’re here to rise.

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Black Friday Tech Room Caught in the midst of action, here’s a snapshot from the tech room during our Black Friday prep. I joined Bamilo in April 2018, but the memory of the previous year’s system crash right before the campaign still lingers. It was a moment of truth, a crash at 11:30 PM that lasted until the next afternoon, turning all campaign efforts upside down.

Stepping into this team, I was faced with a clear mission: to ensure flawless execution. And we did it. This photo captures the spirit of that intense preparation. In November 2018, with half the previous year’s advertising budget, we made Bamilo’s biggest sales in its 6-year history. Our system smoothly handled 67,000 real-time users.

It was do or die, and we did it – together with my team, we turned the tide. This photo isn’t just a memory; it’s a testament to our hard work and determination.

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Infra Working This is where the magic happens. Our Infrastructure team, deep in focus, preparing for Black Friday. Each person here is a vital piece of a larger puzzle, working together to ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s a room where strategy meets action, where countless hours of hard work unfold into success. The whiteboard full of tasks, the clutter of cables and cups of coffee – they all tell the story of dedication and teamwork. We’re the unseen gears in a massive machine, and when Black Friday hits, we’re ready to shine.

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Infra Here’s Bamilo infra crew, the tech warriors, geared up for Black Friday. Look at those smiles! Despite the stress, we find moments to laugh and bond. It’s not just about servers and code; it’s about the people who make it all work. This photo captures more than just a team; it’s a family, ready to tackle the biggest shopping day with confidence and spirit. These are the faces behind the scenes, making sure everything ticks without a hitch. Go team!

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Warehouse Logictic Arm 5000 Sqm Here I am in the heart of our 5000 sqm logistics hub, the lifeline of Black Friday. Notebook in hand, I’m diving into the nitty-gritty of our delivery prep. It’s all about ensuring our tech is as ready as our team, making sure we deliver joy as efficiently as we code. This warehouse is where plans become reality, and where we’re gearing up to make sure your Black Friday finds reach you on time. It’s a huge operation, but we’ve got it under control. Let’s roll out a Black Friday to remember!

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Room Helmet Building codes, coding software and architecturing infra — as the CTO, I’ve got to be ready for all! Here I am, helmet on, because when it comes to Black Friday, we’re constructing deals not just websites or mobile apps. It’s not your typical tech attire, but hey, safety first, right? Who says you can’t mix a bit of construction style with tech flair? After all, we’re engineering sales, not just software!

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tired Boss Long days, longer nights. Here’s the look of a CTO during the Black Friday marathon - a mix of focus, fatigue, and the inevitable snack attack. Surrounded by a landscape of tech, this is where strategy meets stamina. It’s not just about keeping the systems up, but also keeping the spirits high. Sure, the desk is messy, and the eyes are tired, but the goal is clear. This is the real behind-the-scenes of making big things happen. Hang in there, boss – the home stretch is in sight!

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Taks Are On Everywhere Our task board is a colorful mosaic of sticky notes, each one a mission critical to our Black Friday ops. It’s a snapshot of our organized chaos, where every note is a stepping stone towards our goal. From IT support to database checkups, every piece of the puzzle is laid out here, a roadmap for our tech team’s journey. It’s where plans are hatched and progress is tracked, all leading up to the big day. We’re ready to tackle each task, one sticky note at a time!

Orhan Dogan CTO Bamilo Tech Team Spirit With Kaveh And Farzan In the heart of the hustle, here’s a throwback to great times with Kaveh and Farzan. Standing strong with these tech wizards on my left and right, we’ve weathered many storms together. They’re not just smart; they’re good souls, making the hard work feel a lot easier. While this photo captures the three of us, it’s a shoutout to the whole team—everyone played a part in our Black Friday success at Bamilo. And the journey didn’t end there; some of these brilliant minds joined me in building Here’s to talent, teamwork, and the bonds that form in the trenches of tech challenges!

Orhan Dogan At Datacenter Here’s a snapshot from the inner sanctum of Asanpardakht’s data centers, where I’m getting the rundown from the head of datacenters. Managing three physical centers and over 500 servers is no small feat—it’s a world of blinking lights and humming machines that make ‘Easy Payments’ possible. Each server is a cog in the vast machinery of digital transactions, and this visit was all about ensuring everything runs like clockwork. 250K real time users, 700K physical POS users have to be happy which is what we were serving for.

Orhan Dogan Datacenter Switches Servers Network Equipments The heart of our operations lies right here in this powerhouse of servers and switches. A tangled web of cables, each one a lifeline, connecting and powering the network equipment that forms the backbone of our digital world. Every blink of an LED is a sign of data in motion, a pulse in the vast nervous system that keeps us all connected.

Orhan Dogan Bamanshop Team Meeting Standing here with a proud smile at the Bamanshop Team Meeting, I’m marking a milestone that was once just a dream. We’ve come a long way, from ideas on paper to securing our first 1 million euro investment for the marketplace. As the founder and CEO, it was a defining moment to share our progress with the team who are the backbone of this venture. This photo captures the spirit of our collective effort and the beginning of our exciting journey ahead.

Orhan Dogan At Tech Conference Immersed in the world of innovation at a tech conference, here I am, fully engaged in the flow of new ideas and insights. Surrounded by peers and thought leaders, it’s moments like these that fuel my passion for technology and drive me to keep learning, growing, and connecting. #TechConference

Orhan Dogan Bamilo Black Friday Mobile App And Web Traffic Black Friday at Bamilo was a night of electric anticipation, watching as our systems geared up for the rush. Here’s my command center, my eyes glued to Google Analytics, ready to launch the campaign. Every spike, every dip—a story of customers flocking to deals. This is the pulse of e-commerce, and on nights like these, it beats faster than ever.

Orhan Dogan Bazlia Investment Signature 1m Euro Here’s a defining moment for Bazlia (formerly known as Bamanshop), with pen in hand, signing the papers that would secure a 1 million euro investment. It was more than just ink on paper; it was a pledge of faith in our vision, a commitment to growth, and a leap towards the future we’re building.

Orhan Dogan Homzmart Guc German University In Cairo Tech Festival At the German University in Cairo Tech Festival, surrounded by the Homzmart family, we stand united in our passion for innovation. Alia with her sharp product insights, Lamia’s HR prowess ensuring we’re all where we’re meant to be, Ziyad with his tech genius, Hadeer’s product strategies, and Marwan’s product expertise all contribute to the energy here. Together, we’re a testament to Homzmart’s collaborative spirit and shared vision for the future.

Orhan Dogan Bazlia Launch Date 41 Days Left Countdown to launch: 41 days left! Here’s a snapshot with the team, full of smiles and anticipation. I’m feeling the excitement bubble up as Bazlia gets closer to its big reveal. Each day is a step closer to our dream turning into reality, and the energy from the team is infectious. Can’t wait to see where we’ll be when this countdown hits zero!

Orhan Dogan Bazlia Mobile App UAT Launch Here’s me, Orhan, beaming with pride at the launch of Bazlia’s mobile app UAT. This is a big step for us—testing, tweaking, perfecting. The journey from concept to this point has been incredible, and holding the app in my hand feels surreal. Big shoutout to the team in the backdrop, the unsung heroes in this adventure. Let the testing begin!

Orhan Dogan Bazlia Website UAT Test “And it’s a wrap on another day of UAT for Bazlia’s website—hands clapping, spirits high. There I am, leading the charge, ensuring every feature is polished to perfection. It’s these moments of teamwork and shared dedication that remind me why we pour our hearts into every line of code. Testing times are intense, but the payoff is a seamless user experience. Onwards to launch day!*

Orhan Dogan Bazmanshop Bazlia Team Meeting Here’s to another productive team meeting at the hotel for Bazlia (formerly known Bamanshop). Standing next to our vibrant banner, I’m reminded of the journey we’re on together. Each meeting is a step forward in our mission to make Bazlia a household name. Here’s to teamwork, progress, and the excitement of what we’re building!

Orhan Dogan Birthday Celeptation Celebrating another trip around the sun at Bazlia, and what’s a birthday without a little tradition? The team gave me the ultimate makeover—a face full of cake! It’s safe to say, they really know how to ’layer’ on the birthday love. Here’s to a year as sweet as the frosting on my nose and as rich as the laughter we share.

Orhan Dogan Car Trip Road trips create the best stories! Here’s me taking a quick break with my friend Ahmet on our epic 2500km journey. Nothing beats stretching your legs and grabbing a bite to refuel. The open road, good company, and endless adventure—this is what memories are made of.

Orhan Dogan Chilling Out With Ugur And Alp Here’s to good food and great company! Caught in a moment of laughter with Ugur on my right and Alp on my left, just three amigos making the most out of a casual hangout. It’s these unplanned gatherings that often turn into the best of times.

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Orhan Dogan Cto Fractional Seasoned Here’s Orhan, your friendly neighborhood tech maestro, looking like he just solved your company’s biggest IT challenge during his coffee break. With a smile that says “I’ve got the code to your success,” he’s ready to turn your digital dreams into reality. If you’re in search of tech expertise with a dash of charm, look no further. Hit that contact button, and let’s turn those binary blues into a digital paradise! 😊 Contact me

Orhan Dogan CTO Homzmart Team Members Turkish Egyption Grek Indian Here we are, the Homzmart United Nations, with Alia capturing the moment and her heritage with the perfect flag placement. There’s me, Orhan, representing Turkey with tech tactics, Alia bringing her Greco-Egyptian product prowess, and Manpreet, our logistics wizard from India. Just a typical day at the office in Cairo, plotting global domination, one product, and shipment at a time.

Orhan Dogan, CTO Sushi And Board Meeting Sushi rolls and strategic goals – that’s how we roll at our semi-board meeting! Here’s the squad: me, the tech wizard Orhan; Mahmoud, our CEO mastermind; Refaat, the numbers guru; Ibrahim, the operations orchestrator; Awlia, leading the charge in Saudi; and Mohammed, our MD maestro. A feast for the stomach and the brain, proving that the best decisions are often made over a platter of maki.

Orhan Dogan, CTO With A Lovely Dog Caught in a candid moment with the office’s unofficial ‘barketing’ manager. We’re just discussing the ‘paws-ibilities’ of our next big project. Stay tuned for what we’re ‘unleashing’ next!

Orhan Dogan Delphi Coding Eskidji Bodrum Flashback to 2005, here’s young Orhan in his natural habitat, coding away in Delphi for Eskidji Bodrum. Just a 26-year-old tech wizard in the making, probably thinking he could use a couple more monitors. Some say if you listen closely, you can still hear the furious clacking of keys and the soft hum of a dial-up modem.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor Football Team Back in the day, the Gittigidiyor/eBay Turkey football team was the real deal—here we are, the coding cleats crew! Sure, we could debug in our sleep, but give us a ball and watch the magic happen. Some say our passing game was as smooth as our user interfaces. And defense? Let’s just say not even the strongest bugs got past our goalie.

Orhan Dogan Ebay Gittigidiyor Funny Hat Who knew that coding could bring you such sunny adventures? From cracking code to cracking smiles, this is how you cap off a hard day’s work at GittiGidiyor/eBay Turkey. Senior software developer by day, undercover cowboy by the sunny side of the office window. Yee-haw! 🤠

Orhan Dogan Ebay Santa Jose California Yes, I know! I love cars!

Orhan Dogan Electronic Circuit Design Throwback to my Marmara University days, where we’d dive deep into the world of electronic circuits. Here’s a snapshot of us in the zone, probably debating whether that’s a resistor or just a really tiny lightsaber on the screen. Ah, the good old days of engineering mysteries!

Orhan Dogan Kartal Technical High School Software Development Flashback to ‘1995 at Kartal Technical High School where our software dreams were as big as those vintage computers! Shoutout to my teacher and my crew for the countless hours of coding and the occasional shenanigans. Who could have guessed we’d go from floppy disks to cloud computing?

Orhan Dogan Learning Coding Istanbul Back in 2002, my room looked like a tech museum where I was the main exhibit: ‘Programmer in Habitat.’ Armed with my trusty PCs and enough cables to rappel down a skyscraper, I was on a mission to code my way to success. Startup life before it was cool!

Orhan Dogan Likes Cowboy Hat Exploring the wild frontiers of the concrete jungle with my favorite cowboy hat. Who needs a horse when you’ve got style like this? 🤠

Orhan Dogan Marmara University Computer Controlled Liquid Level Control Project Here’s to the days when we controlled more than just the playlist on our phones — we controlled the liquid levels like pros. University lab sessions were like group workouts for our brains, with a lot less sweat and a lot more troubleshooting.

Orhan Dogan Marmara University Electronic Lab Back in the day at Marmara University’s Electronic Lab, where I was probably pondering if I could wire up my coffee machine to my alarm clock for an instant morning brew. The lab was my second home, and those oscilloscopes were my kind of video games.

Orhan Dogan Parag Trip Restaurant Throwback to that one fiery night in Prague at a restaurant that was as dramatic as the history we’d been exploring all day. Serdar and I, comrades from GittiGidiyor days, found ourselves surrounded by flames, feasting, and history that you could almost touch. Quite the literal ‘hot spot’ of our adventure!

Orhan Dogan Php Mysql Book Caddebostan Istanbul Here’s me back in 2006, flashing the biggest smile with my trusty PHP and MySQL book in Caddebostan, Istanbul. Because what’s better than spending a sunny day brushing up on coding under the shade of a tree? Maybe finding a semi-colon I missed on page 101.

Orhan Dogan Php Zend Framework Zendcon Throwback to ZendCon 2011 with Mustafa from GittiGidiyor/eBay Turkey. We geeked out on all things PHP in the heart of Silicon Valley, absorbing sessions like sponges. Great times decoding the day and encoding the night away!

Orhan Dogan Php Who says coders can’t have toys? Here’s my PHP elephant giving a lift to a mini superhero. Just a typical day at the GittiGidiyor office, where coding skills are as super as the figures on our desks!

Orhan Dogan Pos Machines Back in my days as CTO at AsanPardakht, here’s where the magic (and sometimes the mayhem) happened. This board was the surgery table for POS machines, with over 700,000 of them out in the wild, each piece here tells a story of transactions, troubleshooting, and tech triumphs.

It’s like a tech puzzle; every chip, every wire played its part in keeping the digital heartbeat of commerce ticking. Proud of the electronic arm of our team, who were the unsung heroes making sure each beep and swipe didn’t miss a beat.

Orhan Dogan Prag Trip Exploring Prague with my buddy Serdar from GittiGidiyor, and here I am, caught in the moment where I probably spotted the only thing not moving faster than our code—this classic tram! Or maybe I was just pondering over which coding language the tram would speak if it could talk.

Orhan Dogan With Bazlia Team When the team’s code is so fire, you start seeing virtual flames and reindeer antlers! Here’s the Bazlia squad, featuring our very own ’tech-deer’ leading the pack. With Ugur in the mix, you know it’s a codeathon that even Santa can’t outdo!

Orhan Dogan With His Father At Boat Trip 10 Yearsold Looking at this cherished photo brings back a flood of warm memories. It captures a moment from my childhood, with my father by my side, as we embarked on a boat trip to explore our new home in Istanbul. I was just ten years old, full of wonder and excitement. This snapshot in time, with the breeze from the Bosphorus gently ruffling our hair and the city’s pulse echoing in the background, reminds me of the adventure and promise that moving to Istanbul held for us. It’s a treasured memory of discovery and father-son bonding that I hold dear.

Orhan Dogan And His Father Tailor Shop In the heart of our bustling Istanbul, within the walls of the tailor shop that has become a second home, this photograph captures a rare moment of stillness. Here we stand, three craftsmen from different walks of life, united by blood and bonded by craft. I (Orhan), don the black tee, standing proudly beside my father—the central figure in this trio—and my esteemed uncle Harun. Tailoring is their art, a craft passed through our family’s generations. With needle and thread, they sculpt textiles into garments, each stitch a testament to their mastery and dedication to their trade.

Thirty-seven years have passed since we first called Istanbul our home, and in that time, I have been a silent witness to the quiet majesty of the tailor’s craft. My father and uncle, artisans in their own right, work with the precision of a painter and the calculation of an architect. Their shop is a place of transformation, where fabric is meticulously cut, shaped, and assembled into sartorial elegance. From them, I’ve learned the virtues of patience and perseverance, the meticulous attention to detail, and the pride of creating something from the barest of materials—a philosophy that I carry into my own work with software, where every line of code is a stitch in a complex digital tapestry.

As I reflect on this photo, I can’t help but draw parallels between the worlds of tailoring and software. Both demand a craftsman’s touch, where each individual piece comes together to form a greater whole. Like the measured cuts of a tailor’s shears, coding requires precision; like the assembly of a bespoke suit, programming demands an understanding of how separate elements unite into a seamless, functioning entity. This image, a snapshot of tradition and progress, is a bridge between the tactile artistry of my father’s generation and the digital craftsmanship of mine. It’s a reminder that, at their core, all crafts are about creation—about shaping the world around us, one stitch, one line of code at a time.

Orhan Dogan With His Father In Village Of Kayseri This sun-drenched snapshot takes me back to the summer of 2010, to my grandfather’s village house near Kayseri. Here, my father and I are caught in a simple moment of joy, savoring the crisp taste of apples picked right from the orchard. It’s memories like these, so vivid and flavorful, that remind me of the timeless pleasures of family and nature. The orchard, with its bounty, felt like a natural extension of my grandfather’s home, a place where the fruits of the earth were enjoyed under the shade of the trees. Each bite was more than just a taste of fresh apple; it was a taste of heritage and home.

Orhan Dogan With Tech Team Heads Gathered around the table in this photo are not just colleagues, but pillars of a team that once crafted countless solutions under the banner of Asanpardakht. I, serving as the CTO during those dynamic times, am flanked by the leaders of our Physical POS and Mobile Applications units. The strength of their characters is palpable, their expertise a cornerstone of our success. This moment, frozen in time, serves as a vibrant reminder of the camaraderie and dedication that fueled our collective journey. Together, we navigated challenges and celebrated triumphs, each day writing a new page in the saga of innovation and teamwork. Those were indeed beautiful times, etched in memory, where the fusion of technology and human ingenuity sparked endless possibilities.

Orhan Dogan With Ugur Eskidji Bazlia Presentation In the cozy corner of our favorite café, laptops open and minds buzzing, here’s a throwback to the days when my friend Uğur and I were brewing more than just coffee. We were concocting a presentation that would distill the essence of company cultures and branding for Bazlia. Our teamwork was like a finely tuned orchestra—every note in sync, every harmony in place. A pair of dedicated souls on a quest for perfection.

Uğur, with his knack for turning the complex into the comprehensible, now captains his own ship, Kriko, navigating the vast seas of SEO. He’s the kind of guy who adds ‘search engine’ to optimization in both work and laughter. A maestro in the digital realm, and let me tell you, his business is soaring as high as his spirit. Together, we were a dynamic duo, our team spirit as perfect as the froth on a cappuccino. Here’s to the good old days, mate—may your code be bug-free and your keywords always rank at the top!

Orhan Dogan With Ugur Eskidji Breakfast Weekend breakfasts are sacred, but when they’re with Uğur, they turn epic! Here we are, a table groaning under the weight of our feast, and us, trying to decide if we’re here to eat or to compete. Uğur’s one of those guys who can make you laugh so hard you forget to chew, and just when you think you’ve got the upper hand on the spread, he’s already reaching for the last piece of baklava. His appetite for food is matched only by his appetite for life—always hungry for the next adventure. Let’s be honest, a meal with him is the only time when I’m happy to lose, especially if it’s a race to the bottom of the jam jar. Cheers to weekend vibes and breakfasts that last until lunch! 🍳🥖✨