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How was the idea of Missafir created? People who grow up in Turkish culture are well known for their hospitality. It lies at the root of this culture, so it is no surprise that people are eager to open their homes to others. Missafir builds up on this natural hospitality and elevates the idea of warm welcomes to a home-based business opportunity that allows homeowners to make profit.

Mehmet Yüksel, Missafir’s CEO, has a long history of international travel and sharing a home environment with other people. It all started back in 2010, during the Erasmus programme in Poland. Upon his return to Istanbul, Mehmet wanted to continue with experience of meeting and living with people from different counties, so he opened his home in Istanbul to guests from Europe. He went on with his higher education in the United Kingdom, where he was also successfully working, and where he carried on with occasionally welcoming guests to his home. Having managed this through Airbnb platform, he became an expert in the field, having earned a Superhost award 11 times in a row.

Thanks to the personal hands-on experience and the necessity to tackle difficulties related to hosting himself, Mehmet has an in-depth understanding of what is means, and what it takes, to be a successful host. Things like delivery of keys, check-in times, cleaning and changing bed linen may be challenging at times, not to mention the effort and time required to monitor and adjust online prices and remain in constant communication with guests. These activities are particularly demanding when one is working full-time or travelling. Those valuable learnings prompted Yüksel to seek new ideas and solutions to make hosting experience easier. He wanted to make the entire process less burdensome and more manageable for himself, but also for other homeowners who wanted to open their homes to guests.

Combining his educational background in business and technology management with proven track record of successful operations management, Mehmet set on a startup journey with Cem, who brought in his experience from tourism and hospitality sectors. Missafir was established in Istanbul in late 2018 as the first short-term rental management platform in Turkey.


Mehmet Yüksel, Founder

Mehmet participated in a student exchange programme in Poland, during his studies in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, where he spent a year not only studying but also living with people from different counties. It did open his eyes to the world of travel, and more importantly, to the land of opportunities. After his first Missafir-like experience, Yüksel moved back to Istanbul for his Masters Degree in Engineering Management at Marmara University. Having obtained another Masters Degree a couple of years later, this time in International Technology Management from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, Mehmet started his professional career. In 2017 he was working as a Planning Manager at HelloFresh, the fastest growing technology start-up company in Europe at the time, according to Financial Times. Mehmet then decided to follow his dreams of establishing his own company, where he could combine his educational background and skills with the passion for travel and hosting. He is turning years of experience gained internationally, and through sharing his home with others, to provide efficient and effective solutions to homeowners and help them excel at turning home-based business opportunities into their own success stories.

Mehmet Onarcan, Leading Investor and Mentor

As an angel investor and mentor, Mehmet Onarcan has an active role in incubation and accelerator programs and angel networks in the Turkish ecosystem. He aims to help the startup scene thrive in Turkey and the region. Short after graduating from Yildiz Teknik University, he founded Istanbul Esentepe Rotary Club and presided between 2006-2007. He served as the Managing Partner of Project House, one of Turkey’s leading digital advertising agencies. He is also the founder of Mentors Network Turkey and MDA Technology and Investment. He is taking the roles of  leading investor and consultant at Missafir.

Mete Varas, Consultant

Mete Varas has been a prominent entrepreneur in technology, involved in numerous ventures as a founder, investor, mentor. He is the founder of the “EurAsia Proptech Initiative” and “ME Proptech Initiative”, co-founder and VP in MENA of Shopi. He writes, thinks, and consults on innovation and proptech. Mete Varas is actively involved in the growth of Missafir with its sectoral knowledge and innovation.

Our Team!

Ali Cem Oktay

CO-Founder & Sales Manager

Aleksandra Glinka

CO-Founder & Guest Experience Manager

Enis Yangın

Head of Operations

Mesut Çilingir

Head of Technology


Özge Ozdemir

People and Culture Manager



Yunus Emre Yüksel

Product Manager

Ahsen İspiroğlu

Interior Design Lead

Cansu Keser

Account Manager

Erol Erdem

Bussiness Development Manager

Nezih Üzümcüoğlu

Revenue Manager

Hazal Demir

Assistant Guest Experience Manager

Emre Kurşun

Data Analyst

Türker Ülğer

Operations Lead

Oğuzhan Oğuz

Guest Experience Executive

Cansu Fidan

Bussiness Development Lead

Uğur Yıldız

Operations Lead

Halide Dönmez

Content Lead

Oğuz Han Erdoğan

Data Scientist

Deniz Özdemir

Bussiness Development Analyst

Dijan Nazlan Köse

Bussiness Development Lead

Burak Çevik

Operations Executive


Missafir currently provides service in 40+ different regions, mainly in Istanbul, Bodrum, Cesme, Marmaris, Fethiye, Antalya and Cyprus. We will continue to bring hosts and guests together in other cities in the near future!




Missafir Göcek




Missafir Bodrum





Missafir Çeşme