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Katerina Moutsatsos, Kayikci and SOA World
I did not think about my plane ride much until I arrived in San Francisco to attend the SOA World Conference & Expo

After almost three months of traveling, I returned home today. When I flew around the island before I touched down, it was one of the most beautiful November days in the Caribbean. I had left home Labor Day weekend and traveled through Greece and Italy for most of October. It was one of the best seasons in Athens and Capri.

Last Tuesday I was on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York. They must have bought new planes, still Airbus but with a personal entertainment system on every seat with huge plasma touch screens - beats JetBlue big time. This flight is almost 12 hours. For a 36-hour stay in Istanbul, you better try your best to rest before you land in JFK, otherwise the remainder of your day will be completely shot.

After going through "Two and Half Man" and the rest of the TV sitcoms, all popular movies including Oceans 13, I continued playing around with the entertainment menu. I passed the movie called "Kayikci" twice under the 'Turkish Airlines Recommends' option. I haven't seen a Turkish "Yollywood" (Yesilcam) movie since Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam. Nothing else left to watch, so I pressed on "Kayikci" for cheap entertainment.

I was wrong. As a world traveler who enjoys spending time between Bodrum and the Greek Islands, this low-budget Turkish / Greek production made my eyes tear worse than the Oprah scene in Oceans 13. I couldn't find a clip of the movie but this Kayikci theme song summarizes it all for fans of this movie. I understand how Katerina Moutsatsos , a 35-year-old Greek American actress, who was born in Monterey, California, is very popular with the Turkish public after this movie. I would like to meet her one day.

I'm desperately searching for a few copies of the Kayikci DVD, which would make a great Christmas gift for many of my dearest friends.

During the same flight, just minutes before they closed the airplane door, a last-minute passanger rushed into the plane, all the way to the empty seat right next to me. As she was placing her belongings in the overhead compartment, she asked if I was part of the big tourist group in the plane. I said no. She wasn't either. I said, I guess you and I are the only two people who don't know each other on the entire plane. She laughed. We made small talk for a half hour or so before we put on our headphones. I asked if her visit to Turkey was business or pleasure. She said both. I asked what she did for a living. She said she was a software engineer working on SOA.

I didn't think about my plane ride much until I arrived in San Francisco to attend the SOA World Conference & Expo this past Monday and Tuesday. The first day of the conference as I walked into the hotel, guess who I saw? My friend who I met on the Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. What a small world, isn't it? Her company was one of the sponsors of the event.

About Fuat Kircaali
Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, CloudEXPO, Inc. and DXWorldEXPO, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $200 million. SYS-CON Media was listed three years in a row by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche among the fastest-growing private companies in America. Kircaali launched DXWorldEXPO LLC, a Lighthouse Point, FL-based "digital transformation" events company in March 2017.

Fuat completed Bogazici University (ranked among the top 100 universities in the world) Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree in Istanbul, Turkey. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates.

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