Cem Sertoglu

Co-founder + Managing Partner

Cem Sertoglu is an entrepreneur and venture capital investor, focused on technology ventures hailing from CEE and Turkey since 2006. He is currently a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Earlybird Digital East Fund (DEF). With over $400m in committed capital, DEF’s portfolio includes some of the most successful startups in the region, including UiPath, Payhawk, Hazelcast, Vivense, Obilet, Photoneo, FintechOS, and Minit.


Previously, Cem was the Founder & CEO of SelectMinds (now a part of Oracle) in New York, the global leader in social talent management software. One of the social software pioneers, the company’s solutions enable the human capital management programs at some of the world’s largest companies. Prior to founding SelectMinds in 1999, Cem worked as a Strategy Consultant in New York for six years.


Cem holds a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.