Wise Words with Mehmet Fidanboylu

Marblar takes a crowdsourcing approach to scientific research, with the aim of developing concepts into real-world applications. Mehmet and his co-founders noticed that the majority of science projects were kept within a tight-knit team, which often meant that lots of exciting ideas were left to gather dust if the required skills for development weren’t present. He decided that the best way to make these ideas a reality was to source help from far and wide, and created Marblar to encourage this. Marblar is a crowdsourcing site that financially rewards users for contributing ideas or suggestions to help further a project’s progress.
Mehmet is a neuropharmacologist, musician, graphic designer, and the EQ of Marblar’s co-founding team. Having spent some time as a bench scientist in big pharma, and then a PhD researcher, Mehmet had been working towards building a career as a research scientist. But throughout this time, and from a young age, Mehmet had an interest in the entrepreneurial side of things. He finally satisfied this interest by securing seed investment for Marblar with CEO and co-founder Dan Perez in April 2012.

1. Where did the idea for Marblar come from?