First Week in Istanbul

With over 14 million residents, Istanbul is the 5th largest city in the world.  Straddling the Bosphorus, Istanbul is both in Europe and Asia.  Formerly the part of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires, Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) has a long history and rich culture.

Throughout the week, Remotes explored far and wide, enjoying many traditional Turkish things.  Kumpir, a Turkish baked potato is a local favorite, jam-packed with all different types of toppings.

Traditional Turkish food is primarily grilled meats and lots of vegetables.

A group of Remotes enjoying çay, a red colored tea served literally everywhere.

Turkish coffee is a unique style of coffee which still has grounds in it.  They say you can have your fortune told from the grounds at the end of a cup.  Manu is helping Nitin find his fortune.

Turkish baths and hair salons are all over and Remotes enjoyed trying new services.

Nargilla is a huge part of Turkish culture, with Nargilla cafes lining the streets in most commercial areas.

There are many great places to get work done at cafes along the Bosphorus.

This week, Gregg Delman visited us to teach us about PR. 

Gregg Delman is a Partner at DRSmedia, a strategic marketing and media relations firm focused on consumer technology. Located in Silicon Valley, some of Gregg's clients have included (acquired by Facebook in June 2012), Boku (mobile payments company backed by Andreessen Horowitz, NEA and Telefonica), and AOL. Prior to DRSmedia, Gregg was Director of Business Development at Legacy Locker, a startup that served as a last will and testament for digital property. Gregg started his career as a Consultant for Deloitte LLP in San Francisco and holds a J.D., M.B.A., and LL.M. in Taxation. He is admitted to practice law in California, New Jersey, and New York.

Speaking with journalists is a learned behavior and can be scary for the uninitiated. Understanding how to effectively communicate with the press requires an ability to understand how this game is played and having the necessary tools to convey your point of view succinctly and on message.  Participants will learn how to represent themselves in a manner that produces the highest probability of their message being received, absorbed and published.

Remote Year staff meeting selfie :)

David hosted a Shabbat dinner and taught people about his family's weekly traditions.

Sila is a Remote who is actually from Istanbul.  She led a group on a walking tour throughout her city, highlighting her favorite parts.

On Saturday night, the beautiful co-working space Kolektif invited RY to a jam session! Over 200 people came out to jam, dance, sing and have fun.

This past weekend, Trio Travel Marketing launched a #CHEERS campaign to celebrate our new home in Istanbul. They are excited to explore the gastronomy, culture and business opportunities in this vibrant city. Anyone can join their celebration by tagging pictures of their favorite beverages on Social Media with #CHEERS and #TRIOCHEERS around the world - from coffee to cocktails, any drink you like can be included.

On Sunday we ended the week with a 16 team Remote Year fantasy football draft.  People from all over the world participated, regardless of their knowledge of this year's sleeper picks :)