Zeynep has 20 years of entrepreneurship and consulting experience in the technology sector. She currently serves as CEO of Calytera, a gov-tech software company that helps governments increase efficiency and improve service delivery. Zeynep also serves as a Venture Partner at Next Coast Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Next Coast Ventures, Zeynep was the founder and CEO of Double Line Partners (DLP), an ed-tech data company she bootstrapped and grew to $18M in revenues prior to a successful exit to private equity.
Prior to DLP, Zeynep was a portfolio manager with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where she managed a $150 million portfolio investing in disruptive technologies to improve public education and health outcomes. Zeynep was also an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where she served as a leader in the worldwide high-tech practice. Zeynep was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist in Central Texas in 2013 and was on the Forbes list of Women Who Built Outstanding Companies.
Zeynep is active in Young Presidents Organization and serves on the boards of Texas Book Festival and Women@Austin. She has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Rice University. She lives with her husband and two kids in Austin Texas.