Saygin Yalcin

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Saygin Yalcin
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Saygin Yalcin
Born (1984-04-25) 25 April 1984 (age 37)
Bremen, Germany
Residence Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Education WHU, USC, ITAM
Occupation Serial Entrepreneur
Net worth undisclosed

Saygin Yalcin (born 25 April 1984 in Bremen, Germany) is a German entrepreneur with Turkish descent.[1] He is best known as the Founder[2][3] & CEO[4] of the Middle East's first[5][6] online car buying service,[7][8], Founder[9] of the first[10][11][12] online private shopping club[13] in the Middle East,[14] and Partner at Jabbar Internet Group, the holding company that emerged through the sale[15] of the world’s largest Arab online community[16][17] to Yahoo![18][19] in September 2009.[20][21]

Saygin is also Partner at Group,[22] the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world[23] owning companies, such as,[24] and QExpress., (which was also founded under Jabbar Internet Group) and are the three biggest locally based e-commerce sites in the Middle East.[25] Moreover, Saygin is Advisory Board Member and Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Ecommerce at the Canadian University of Dubai,[26] United Arab Emirates.

In 2011, Saygin was listed as one of the United Arab Emirates’ Hot 100 personalities[27] and, in 2012, nominated for the country’s “Personality of the Year” award[28] by ITP, the UAE’s largest publishing group.
In May 2013, he was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by The National newspaper[29][30] and as a leader [31] in entrepreneurship[32] and Online Business[33][34][35] in the Middle East[36] and beyond.[37]
In March 2014, Arabian Business magazine named Saygin as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years".[38]
In November 2014, Fortune magazine named Saygin in the 40 under 40 list,[39] as one of the most influential young people in business,[40] Turkey’s highest circulated newspaper Zaman[41] called Saygin “a fine example of a new generation of entrepreneurs who can make a fortune out of nothing more than a rewarding idea”,[42] Entrepreneur magazine Middle East awarded, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the Middle East"[43] and Arabian Business magazine awarded as the "Digital Business of the Year",[44] while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier".[45]
In a cover story about Saygin in January 2015, Entrepreneur magazine Middle East titled him as “undoubtedly one of the youngest and most successful internet entrepreneurs in the Middle East”.[46]

Saygin has also been active in promoting entrepreneurship[47][48] and early-stage venture capital activities[49][50][51] in the UAE.
Saygin holds an international master’s degree in business administration and economics, having studied at business schools[52] in Germany (WHU), the USA (USC) and Mexico (ITAM).


  1. "'un kurucusu Saygın Yalçın ile Türkiye otomobil pazarını, 2. el piyasası için öngörülerini konuştuk", Milliyet
  2. "Saygin Yalcin, last week launched a new venture called", The Wall Street Journal
  3. The Middle East’s speediest car-buying service launches", MSN
  4. "Saygin Yalcin, Founder & CEO on Radio Dubai Eye 103.8 Business Breakfast", Dubai Eye 103.8
  5. "Middle East's first car buying service", Forbes
  6. " to expand regionally", Khaleej Times
  7. "Auto portal wants to turn things around", Gulf News
  8. "New website aims to remove hassle of selling cars in UAE", The National (Abu Dhabi)
  9. "Online bounty for brand-aware bargain hunters", Gulf News
  10. "Online luxury shopping site becoming a hit in GCC", Gulf Today
  11. "Decision Makers TV Coverage on Launch", DMTV
  12. " crosses the millionth member mark in less than 18 months since launch", Al Bawaba
  13. " to boost e-commerce business in the Middle East: CEO", Khaleej Times
  14. "Interview: Saygin Yalcin", Ahlan!
  15. "Yahoo Acquires Arabic Portal", Business Insider
  16. "Building Hope: What Yahoo!'s Acquisition of Means", Huffington Post
  17. "Yahoo! Of Arabia", Forbes
  18. "Yahoo’s Purchase of Maktoob May Boost Arab Online Advertising", Bloomberg
  19. "Yahoo acquiring Arab portal Maktoob after all", The Guardian
  20. "Confirmed: Yahoo Acquires Arab Internet Portal Maktoob", Techcrunch
  21. "Yahoo Buys in Mideast Push", The New York Times
  22. ", the Middle East’s largest e-commerce site acquires the region’s first private shopping club", The Next Web
  23. " acquires MidEast online shopping club", Arabian Business
  24. ", the largest online retailer in the Arab world, said on Sunday that it has acquired, the Middle East's first online private shopping club.", ITP Publishing Group
  25. "PayPal: Key Takeaways on E-Commerce in the Middle East", The Wall Street Journal
  26. "MoU signing with", Canadian University of Dubai
  27. "Meet Hot 100 Saygin Yalcin", Ahlan!
  28. "Best in Dubai: Personalities of the Year", Ahlan!
  29. "Canadian University of Dubai runs Apprentice-style course for entrepreneurs", The National (Abu Dhabi)
  30. "Dream opportunity for Canadian University of Dubai entrepreneurs with big ideas",
  31. "Saygin Yalcin who has built, led and significantly shaped the biggest internet companies in the Middle East", Canadian University of Dubai
  32. "Saygin Yalcin on Tonight Show - Radio Dubai Eye 103.8 - Entrepreneurship in Dubai", Dubai Eye 103.8
  33. "Saygin Yalcin has an envious track record in the e-commerce sector", Arabian Business
  34. "Saygin Yalcin, Founder & President,, Radio Dubai Eye 103.8, Business Breakfast", Dubai Eye 103.8
  35. " - CEO, Saygin Yalcin on Radio Dubai Eye 103.8 FM - Business Breakfast", Dubai Eye 103.8
  36. "’s founder discusses e-commerce in the Middle East",
  37. "SMEs Are Crucial to Economic Development in the Middle East", CFA Institute
  38. "Interview: Saygin Yalcin", Arabian Business
  39. “Fortune 40 under 40”, Fortune (magazine)
  40. “Saygin Yalcin named Fortune 40 under 40”, Fortune (magazine)
  41. “List of newspapers in Turkey”, ‘’List of newspapers in Turkey’’
  42. “Dubai-based online auto dealer sees Turkey as market to grow”, ‘’Zaman (newspaper)’’
  43. “ Fastest Growth”, ‘’Entrepreneur (magazine)
  44. "Winners of Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2014", Arabian Business
  45. “Fast times for technology sector", the National
  46. “Saygin Yalcin on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine”, ‘’Entrepreneur (magazine)
  47. " to promote entrepreneurship", SME Advisor
  48. "Saygin Yalcin on "Eye on Careers" show - October 2013", Dubai Eye 103.8
  49. "SellAnyCar CEO talks regional investments and entrepreneurship",
  50. "Private funding is still best option for portals", Gulf News
  51. "Saygin Yalcin speaking at the Fifth Annual CFA Institute Middle East Investment Conference", CFA Institute
  52. "Saygin Yalcin, who built luxury-shopping and car-sale websites for the Arab world and attended the same German business school as Mr. Samwer.", The Wall Street Journal