Hande Cilingir
Co-founder & CEO
Insider

(5.0)
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Awards:
Top Women Leaders 2020

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Hande Cilingir is currently Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Insider, responsible for running efficient operations, building a strong company culture, managing overseas growth, supporting sales and marketing teams, sharing and developing Insider’s technology. She founded Insider with five fellow co-founders upon their lucrative exit of a highly prestigious language school. Following studies at London School of Economics, she completed master’s degree at Shanghai Normal University. During the time in China, she worked as an investment consultant in global companies like PepsiCo and Vestel.

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  1. Her communication level with the team is amazing. In Covid Period, her announcements and clearifications help everyone in the company to feel safe. Everyone was thinking and hearing forced usage of annual leaves or firings from other companies. However, she kept informing everyone about the status of the company with the numbers. Whenever, I talked with my friends in other companies, I’ve realized how lucky I am to have a CEO like her. She follows your personal development very carefully. Let’s say an employee is working for almost 1 year however they didn’t improve themselves enough, she’s informing their heads to push them more. Hande never forgets! One day I mentioned her that I’m looking for some customer success metrics and etc. 4 months later she shared a brand new podcast with me directly related with this topic.

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  2. Hande taught us that something can be built from the scratch. She has always been an inspiration for all of us. Her dedication to the idea helped to create a strong community. “Ask Me Anything” sessions are also helping to have ideas about the company and its future. Her transparency makes us comfortable even in the worst cases. In pandemic, she immediately prioritized the people who are working and contributing to the idea. She really cares about team’s personal development. She invested on learning and development, leadership schools, entrepreneurship sessions. All these make you believe that you are not hiring or working for a place that you don’t trust. Managing 24 countries, 550 people all around the world is really hard to control however she already did it and will do more, I believe.

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  3. Hande is a strong leader and an inspiration to every single member of Insider community with her leadership skills. Working with her for more than 4 years, I’ve got the chance to witness how and why people see her as a role model. That she never stops impressing on Insider members its core values, which are hard work, care, impact and personal growth, is what makes her leadership rather purposeful. As Sequoia states in their ethos, she is resolute and determined. She is a creative spirit, an underdog, an independent thinker and a true believer. She believes in people and their potential, who believe they can make a difference.

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  4. Currently Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Insider, responsible for running efficient operations, building a strong company culture, managing overseas growth, supporting sales and marketing teams, sharing and developing Insider’s technology. Being a 1X entrepreneur, founded Insider with five fellow co-founders upon their lucrative exit of a highly prestigious language school. Following studies at London School of Economics, completed master’s degree at Shanghai Normal University. During the time in China, worked as an investment consultant in global companies like PepsiCo and Vestel.

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  5. Hande is a very unique leader embracing all of her team members across 24+ countries. She is very transparent in sharing all the successes and failures achieved as a team and at a personal level as well. She always tries to empower her team members, via keeping the organization as flat as possible. I don’t think you can find any other CEO in eho is this much reachable and she is a one that the employees call her as “elder sister”, with both love &respect.

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  6. Hande’s best strength from my opinion is the way she manages a negative situation. She always kinds a solution around. The best I would say is during Covid, she managed to keep things going and it gave us all the confidence to succeed. Her people skills are excellent, she knows every single person’s name in the company and knows how to bring the best out of everyone.

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  7. Hande is an extra ordinary leader that She has been leading the growth of Insider across the globe. What makes her unique is that she strongly believes caring one for another is the secret of her company’s success. Moreover, she thrives to create impact in people’s life by encouraging everyone go above and beyond.

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  8. She learns from past mistakes. She never repeats the same mistake. She listens and gets feedback. I have a super good relationship and working with her and learning more than 6 years. The most important feature she adapts the changes and responds immediately. We felt always we are always on winners side.

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  9. In world of RnB there is Beyonce, the same meaning for me Hande inTech company world. Working hard to beat all goals, going above and beyond for people in the company, always give more than others can give back, make push your limits and be strong! Hande is the insipiration for all of us!

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  10. Hande is an inspiring and a visionary leader. She has a strong passion for running efficient operations, building a strong company culture, managing overseas growth, supporting sales and marketing teams, sharing and developing technology.

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  11. Hande has the perfect blend of vision and execution. In a rapidly changing tech environment, growing client expectations, pandemic crisis and fast growing company, Hande is clearly driving the company to success and profitable growth.

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  12. Hande is a leader who is able to speak confidently about Insider product and business, that’s a given. But at the same time, she is very skilled at listening to others. She has great dedication and strong confidence.

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  13. Leader with a strong strategic vision Unwavering strength and resolve under pressure Accessible to all employees Determination to succeed and process oriented

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  14. Hande’s key strengths are her impressive leadership skill and great passion toward company’s growth and also team’s growth

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  15. She is an ambitious entrepreneur, amazing team leader, great motivation for our country and our generation.

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  16. Inspirational Vulnerable Hard Working Caring Dedicated Business and People Smart Innovator

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  17. visionary. hard working. ability to invoke strong emotions among the team. caring

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  18. Incredible focus on goals, hard working, easy to approach, listening to feedback

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  19. Excellent communication skills. Endless Curiosity. Confidence. Inspire Others

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  20. Hard-worker, powerful and she has future vision for work environment

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  21. she drives the company with aggressive grow strategy

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  22. Passion Emphaty Care Hard-work Making an impact

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  23. Business knowledge, hard working

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  24. inspiring and caring

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  25. same

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