Today we’d like to introduce you to Berk Cagatay.
Berk, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After I got my degree in environmental engineering, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career. My interests were renewable energy, sustainability and green buildings. It is a very small community in the sustainability field. The vast majority of the experts know that same things and they all agree on the main issues but implementation of those ideas and projects are not that easy.
Corporations tend to protect profitability over sustainability. So, I thought, I should become an entrepreneur and create my own conglomerate and show the world the best practices. I think, capitalism is failing on us and we need to change the way that we think about the system.
So my quest of starting a company had started, I envisioned an ideal near future and how I wanted to help the world. All of the projects that I created in my head leveraged some sort of technology. So it was clear to me that I need to submerge myself into this high-tech world and coding. I started to teach myself coding and went to a lot of meetups to meet with others. Long story short, I became business partners with one of people that I met.
We started building websites and apps for ourselves and for clients from that point on.
We are never short of new ideas to pursue. It is very exciting to me that we are living in the world of endless possibilities. We recently launched WhatTuDu. We have been working on it for almost a year now.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a roller-coaster. I had to work odd jobs in order to pay the bills and survive but it was worth it. I had a goal and I was determined to get it. I went through series of hardships like staying on my friends’ couch for a long time. Having to work the jobs that I had no passion for just to earn money.
Thankfully, I have a great family and friends to help me out along the way. I couldn’t have done it without their help.
When I look back, I am proud of myself to achieve some of the goals that I had and it motivates me to achieve my existing goals.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the WhatTuDU & Pikorua Technologies story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in iOS apps and games. We have built many native apps. Currently, we are focusing on AR and VR app projects. We are small compact team of four now in the leadership positions. Depending on the projects, we have network of developers to work with.
Also, our latest app is called WhatTuDu. It is available on the apple App Store. It is a smart app to discover cool events and activities and get matched with other like-minded people.
WhatTuDu has a brain. We call it Nessie. Nessie finds information and presents them on cards for users.
You can swipe left or right depending on your schedule and preference. She learns from your swipes and adjusts the deck of cards accordingly. The more you use the app, the better the events you get.
So far, we have received a very positive feedback from our users. We are currently focusing on acquiring new users and making adjustments to the app.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think, Los Angeles is one of the best cities to be in for Tech space. There is a great newly emerging entrepreneurial spirit. We have the silicon beach. Even though the rent is going up every year. It is not as scary as San Francisco.
The bottom line, I would highly recommend for any entrepreneur to start out here in the city of angels.
- Website: www.whattudu.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whattuduapp/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whattudu/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/whattuduapp
From left to right: Cem Carak (COO), Alican Cagatay (CIO), and Berk Cagatay (CEO).