In March, Melek and Mert were sitting at two tables nearby in a restaurant in Cologne to break their fast, but they did not know each other until then.
One of the waiters, who knew the two of us, suddenly introduced us to each other. Melek, who as a passionate founder, always has a bottle of Ginstanbul with her, told Mert about her plan.
Mert's first thought was that the waiter wanted to combine his business acumen and Melek's vision to make Ginstanbul successful. In hindsight, he probably just wanted to create a conversation between us to buy time, since we were the only ones still waiting for our food.
Fortunately, we got along well and Mert offered Melek his help in marketing, as he works for the Cologne-based STRÖER Group. Melek had great need in the situation, as the product was finalized and listed in some local ones, but the demand was not yet the desired one.
After a few conversations, Melek was convinced by Mert's business-minded nature and Mert by Melek's great vision and their convincing product, so both decided at the same time to run Ginstanbul together from now on.