Before entering the tech world, he worked in the M&A and Commodity Trading departments of Yıldırım Holding, a globally-diversified and family-owned industrial conglomerate. Tarik holds an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Harvard University and a masters degree in financial economics from Oxford University.
Tarik has a wide range of early-stage tech experience and is particularly passionate about strategy and design. He has founded a non-profit online tutoring platform for university students, a vertical social media app to mediate fan-celebrity relationships, and launched a non-profit hackerspace, organizing algorithm and AI related events for university students. He has also provided super-angel seed capital and hands-on mentorship to an online residence management SaaS platform and an insurance risk analytics startup.