Intel Capital announced today the opening of an office in Istanbul, Turkey. Intel Capital is the first Silicon Valley investor to open an office in Turkey, building upon a strong track record of investing in the region since 2005. With solid macro-economic credentials, such as 8.5% GDP growth in 2011, and a large, young, well-educated and dynamic population, Turkey is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its entrepreneurs are producing exciting innovations. Intel Capital’s new office will help build the Turkish technology and venture capital ecosystem by bringing entrepreneurs in the region expertise, connections and programs to open doors to new markets, customers, alliances, co-investors, and emerging technologies. The office will be led by Baris Aksoy who was recently appointed as head of Intel Capital, Turkey & Middle East and North Africa regions. Get more information.