Melodis: That’s where it all started, on March 1st, 1999, in Istanbul. A couple of days before that, Serbulent approached Yasemin with an idea: To build a music database. Five of our friends from the university music club also bought into the idea. We were all students or recent graduates. We had one computer between us.
We were based in Serbulent’s home, taking turns to use the computer when he was at work. We were young and the internet was something new and exciting. We started building things and meeting people. Opportunities started coming our way. Step by step we became a real company with products and clients, the most important ones being pharmaceutical companies using our ERP. Years passed and our company thrived, without ever getting outside funding.
Sometime around April 2015, 16 years after we started, we decided to try our hand in building a startup again. By then we were an established company, with more than 100 employees, developing ERP and custom software for large enterprises. And Melodis? Half-built, long forgotten, pushed aside when other business opportunities presented themselves.
In the meantime, we picked up some valuable skills and experience. Serbulent, an industrial engineer and our first developer, became a fully fledged CEO and the architect of the most important assests of ModusNova: Accris and Ardita.
And Yasemin, who started as a political science student tasked with data entry 16 years ago, ended up in business development after doing many things including software development. Towards the end of 2014, she started visiting the UK to do research, attend events and build contacts.
Since our intention was to do a startup and we were impressed with the lively startup ecosystem here, we decided to base our headquarters in the UK. Three months after our initial decision, we were accepted into Global Entrepreneur Programme and got our visa. The two of us packed our lives, experience and plans, and moved to the UK.