How a Dubai-based German Entrepreneur’s Risk Ended up in a $1 Billion Car Selling Tech Startup

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Walid AO
6 min readOct 28, 2020


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We don’t always have to look at Silicon Valley to find the next giant tech company. Tech companies can emerge anywhere in the world. Tech companies do not always have to create a new market segment; they can venture into an existing one and become the biggest player in this segment.

Saygin Yalcin created the biggest online car selling platform in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yalcin created and launched in the UAE in September 2013, and the service is now the biggest car buying service in the UAE — and the Middle East. The company expanded to the German market with plans to expand to Europe and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa. was not Yalcin’s first startup; he had success before in other market sectors. However, is his biggest success. The startup catapulted Yalcin to celebrity status in Dubai, Turkey, and Germany. The CEO is not just a successful entrepreneur; he is also a successful social media personality and an influencer.

He has his own take on business, investment, and influencing. So, now is the time to ask,

Who is Saygin Yalcin?

Saygin Yalcin

Saygin Yalcin is a Dubai based German entrepreneur of Turkish origin. He was born on April 25th, 1984, in Bremen (Germany) to Turkish migrants. The straight-A student graduated from the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management and moved to Dubai in 2009 with only his backpack and a plan to start an online fashion business in Dubai.

He started in 2009, a Middle East online shopping club that offers deals from designer clothes snd lifestyle brands. was a successful business in the UAE after the economic crisis. Yalcin sold to, the Middle East version of Amazon, in 2012. The deal gave Yalcin a stake in, and he became a partner in A year later, he started, his most successful company yet.

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