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Avni, like Nurhan, was also born in Istanbul, albeit to a Turkish family.  Avni’s parents’ focus on education was high and they were amused by their young son taking apart all the machines in their house to try to figure out how they worked.  Life in Turkey was not easy for most Turkish families in the early 1980s, but Avni’s parents enrolled him in great schools and believed education was the key to success.  When Avni’s parents bought their first computer, Avni of course did the same thing to that and vowed to become a pro in technology.

GrandBazaarJewelers.com co-founder Avni Yalcin.

GrandBazaarJewelers.com co-founder Avni Yalcin.

Avni and Nurhan were first introduced to each other through their wives at a traditional dinner of mezes (appetizers), fish, and Rakı (aTurkish liquor) on the shores of the Bosphorus.  Over the course of the conversation at dinner, Nurhan became impressed with Avni’s skills.  Avni writes in more than 20 codes (computer languages).  He has made software and apps for government organizations, educational institutions, multi-national corporations, and some of the world’s most popular sports teams among others.  He has vast experience in creating web portals, the management of content, and automation of distribution channels.

Our co-founder, happily at work

Our co-founder, happily at work

Best of all, though, Avni has the know-how to implement the various forms of technology critical for a 21st century business.  He is quick to create solutions for problems that arise organically in a growing business.  He thinks not only from a company’s perspective, but also from a consumer’s perspective.  Most importantly, he thinks up a solution based in technology for just about everything because technology is his passion.  Avni began integrating himself into Nurhan’s business over the course of the next year and hasn’t looked back.

 

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Maureen Gumus is a writer, editor, jewelry enthusiast, and world traveler.Originally from the U.S., Maureen is proud to call Istanbul her home - one that she shares with her master jeweler husband, Nurhan, and their cat, Mink.

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