With an MBA from Sabanci University and 10 years of professional experience, Tekin has built his career around e-business, digital brand management, and interactive advertising. Prior to starting BeFunky in 2007, Tekin wore many hats as the Business Development Manager of McCann Relationship Marketing Turkey, a leading multinational company focusing on digital brand management. Among his multitude of responsibilities, one thing he focused on there was delivering interactive experiences for clients. After realizing one day that he was tired of working for someone else’s company, his passion for digital media led him to establish the company BeFunky and a team that will always feel funky.
When Tekin isn't at the office, you might find him at his local grocery store hunting for the freshest ingredients to cook with. Though he's not bound to any specific cookbook or website, his creations are often influenced by his family’s Aegean roots and culinary habits. He also loves traveling with his wife and taking pictures during their adventures. He especially likes exploring Spain and seeking out the best spots for local food, wine, and flavors.
Derric got his BA in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts which led him to the entertainment industry… 15+ years on the radio and 7+ years in television production. Derric started at BeFunky in 2012 doing support and social media, now he’s the Product Manager. When he’s not napping at his desk, you’ll find Derric surfing out at Seaside, running his mouth on 94/7fm, or taking Betty White (his dog) for scooter rides.
While Azer has been helping create the amazing effects at BeFunky since it started, that's not where his story begins. Earlier in his life he lived like a vagabond, and he quite liked it that way because he's intrigued by underground lifestyles. While he's someone who has always had a good sense of intuition, he credits these early experiences with strengthening his. Today he believes that it's this quality that helps him make the various products for BeFunky so instinctual for its users.
Azer's curiosity about the many machines he was surrounded by in high school led to his first engagements with computers. He quickly got sucked into the programming field; he wrote codes with Commodore 64 and IBM, then later sold a significant amount of software. He believes that being a programmer that comes from an old-school, algorithmic background is part of what helps him to transfer ideas into the digital platform so well. Today Azer is very experienced in artificial intelligence type algorithms and focuses on flexibility while developing software.
Rouli has more than 7 years of experience in designing digital products with an expertise in creating compelling user experiences and intuitive products across multiple platforms.
She is very passionate about creating beautiful, intuitive, and crafted design solutions with emerging technologies. She likes to create products that are enjoyable to use, innovative, and that deliver a great experience. She believes in simple and clean designs.
Bjørn spent the first part of his life in Norway, where the winters were harsh and the summers were less so. There is a limit to how much fish, potatoes and beauty a person can endure, and upon reaching that point Bjørn decided to move to America’s heartland, which turned out to be the polar opposite of that to which he had become accustomed. It was there he came to appreciate the simpler pleasures in life, like air-conditioning, screen doors, and riding in the back of pickup trucks.
Bjørn was lucky enough to have one of the country’s leading universities in his backyard, so upon reaching that age, deciding which school to attend was a no-brainer. His studies were eclectic and covered a broad spectrum, ranging from computer science and game development to multimedia and film. Upon completing his Masters, Bjørn continued his studies independently, always seeking new ways to solve problems or present ideas. He’s never been one to allow his vision to narrow, thus his interests are still widely eclectic. When he’s not writing code, it’s likely he’s either out shooting pictures, creating visual effects, or making stained-glass windows.
Melissa has been developing websites for almost as long as the internet has been around and has been living in Portland longer than that. She has built many programs from standalone Desktop Applications to Games for mobile devices to embedded microcontroller programming. She likes building anything technical from websites to 3D Printers.
She ended up moving to Buffalo, NY for a year and enjoyed Buffalo Wings, but she missed Portland, so she moved back and joined BeFunky. When she’s not busy working, you can find her flying her RC helicopters, playing her violin, or building robots.
From those first precious moments of flipping through children’s books to daunting research papers many years later, Janelle’s always been in love with the written word. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English Literature, where she served as an editorial columnist for The Daily Californian, she then went on to pursue her other many passions—abroad, that is. A devoted blogger with a special focus in travel and lifestyle, she’s a master content creator who’s worked with many notable brands to create fabulous website copy, blog posts, promotional campaigns and more. Since her triumphant return back to the states, she’s dabbled in everything from social media consulting to copywriting and beyond, making her the baddest brand strategist on the block.
She’s also an amateur chef and huge fan of Food Network, which she’s been watching more or less since birth, and enjoys reading hefty Russian novels by candlelight.
In 2015, Ian migrated to the Pacific Northwest via Texas by-way of California. Whether it be the intimate neighborhoods of Portland, the tangling freeways of L.A., or the vast badlands of Texas, Ian easily becomes a cog in the machine of any environment he lands in. And if there is one thing he knows, it’s machines. From an early age, there was no gadget, appliance or computer that Ian wasn’t compelled to take apart and reassemble… Usually in an “improved” form. This “Dr Frankenstein of Electronics” quickly became known to family and friends as the resident techie, gamer and master of mischief.
Feeling the confines of his small town roots, Ian transplanted to the West Coast in 2013, and his world exploded into colors shortly thereafter. In addition to his expanding his QA resume, he has been pursuing his love of EDM music and festival culture. Ian has carved out his own unique voice and persona up and down the West Coast. For someone who breaks games and apps for a living, Ian prides himself in keeping it all together with a sense of calm and a “seize the day” outlook.
Whitney is a born-and-raised Oregonian, sometimes singer, and cake connoisseur. She is currently earning her Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Portland State University, although she wishes she would have chosen to study at Hogwarts. Before coming to earn her keep at BeFunky, she held many different job titles, including stints as a flight attendant, cake decorator, and optician. She now helps out with the social media content and marketing support around here, aka she is learning how to be a marketing ninja.
When she isn’t working or falling asleep on her textbooks, you might find her running the trails of Forest Park or perfecting the art of cooking for two. She is a lover of theme parks, exploring the great outdoors, and watching Marvel movies (especially ones with Thor).
Alana just can't seem to get away from the mean streets of Portland. A lifelong Portlander, she was pretty much born riding bikes, climbing rocks and drinking whiskey. She worked every job in the service industry, from barista to sous chef, while her true destiny called her name. Her knack for arguing was strong, and it finally led her through a Bachelors degree in Political Science, then managed to get her through law school and several years of defending Portland's accused as a local public defender. She's got some crazy stories to tell, but these days she opts for a simpler life, making sure the BeFunky office looks good, runs great, and overflows with kombucha and beer.
She also enjoys petting small animals, geeking out on nutrition, baking treats with ingredients no one's ever heard of, and likes to think she can beat you at any bar or lawn game.