This female founder achieved an IPO ‘first’ that has nothing to do with her gender
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– IPO first. Tech IPOs of female-founded companies are still rare. Besides Stitch Fix and Bumble, the list is pretty short.
Hepsiburada was founded 20 years ago by Hanzade Doğan Boyner, who today serves as chair and is the company’s majority shareholder, even after its public market debut. The founder comes from a well-known family in Turkey; she’s the daughter of billionaire Aydin Doğan.
And she’s proud that she achieved a “first” with her listing—one that has nothing to do with her gender. “It’s a national pride story,” she said in an interview from Istanbul on Thursday.
Hepsiburada’s market debut offered up only 20% of total shares at $12 apiece for a valuation of $3.9 billion; Doğan Boyner is holding onto her 21% stake and the other major shareholders are her family members and Franklin Resources.
The chair has big plans for the 20-year-old ecommerce company, from expanding beyond its home country to the Balkans and North Africa to increasing the share of shopping that takes place online from 10% in Turkey.
“From the day I started the company, I knew it was not only about laptops or books,” she says. Read more about Hepsiburada’s IPO here.
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