Hi, nice to meet you!

My name is Tolga. I have more than 10 years of experience as a product manager with a passion for creating innovative and meaningful products, with great outcomes. Throughout my entire career, I worked for technology companies where I have accumulated an extensive skillset. My professional expertise aligns perfectly with the end-to-end product management process.

I strongly believe in the power of having new experiences, failures, and iterations to reach real success in every aspect of life.

So, if you are ready to start a journey, I'm more than happy to support other product managers, and engineers looking to make the transition, in any way I can.

Some quick tips about me

📌 I am/was leading & structuring global product teams (distributed & co-located)

📌 I’m really passionate about UX and Usability Research.

📌 I’m a keen follower of Data Products, Machine Learning, and AI.

Please do not hesitate to say a hi to me

My Mentoring Topics

  • Product Management
  • Agile Product Development
  • Product Discovery
  • Data Product Management
  • Data Analytics
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • User Research
  • Breaking Into Product Management
  • Career Advice
  • Leadership
  • Interview Preparation
  • Work in a multicultural environment
S.
2.July 2022

Tolga’s session was insightful and informative. He walked me through his product management workflow and how his team discovers new issues to work on. Overall, it was a great first mentoring session.

B.
25.June 2022

It was a good initial meeting.I can provide better feedback in upcoming sessions.

M.
24.June 2022

It was a great session! I got a lot of insights, got to learn new things and understand what could be my next steps not only in my career but also in facing the challenges I have today in my current position!

Very enlightening and very helpful indeed!

A.
24.June 2022

The session was helpful. I learnt about product strategy, user personas, OKRs, metrics and prioritisation. I liked that you used visual aids, which made it easier to learn. I felt like I could ask questions and that you genuinely like to help. Thank you for your time.

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